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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easy Taco Seasoned Lentils - For Nachos, Tacos, Quesadillas & Taco Salad


I am always trying to find easy family meals that are full of plant protein and that everyone likes.  These Taco Seasoned Lentils have been a huge hit around here, and are so versatile!  I love keeping a big mason jar of them in the refrigerator for a quick dinner or lunch taco salad.

Thanks to Trader Joes, I don't have to worry about making the lentils.  These steamed lentils have been the perfect replacement for ground beef in our family, and we have made sloppy joes, taco meat and meatloaf with them.  If you don't live near a Trader Joes, lentils are super easy to make.  It is a lot like making rice, 1 part lentils to 2 parts water.  Click here for directions.


If you do live by a Trader Joes, they are found in the refrigerator section. They are shrink wrapped so they last a long time in your refrigerator at home.  I'm sure you could freeze them, but I have never had to.  They are delicious just crumbled up on top of a salad for added protein, but I like adding different sauces and flavorings to them.


To make taco seasoned lentils, I just buy a packet of taco seasoning, (or use this recipe), and mix it with the required water.  Heat it up a bit until it smells good.  Then add 1 lb of cooked lentils.  The above picture is what the lentils from Trader Joes look like.  Don't let the dark color on the outside of the lentils bug you, as it says on the package, this is normal.


Separate the lentils and stir them into the taco sauce.  Heat up. It is that simple!  This sure beats dealing with raw meat and draining nasty grease, huh?  


Now your taco lentils are ready to use in whatever way you would like.  Use on nachos, tacos, quesadillas, or for taco salad.  

Easy Peasy!!

Taco Seasoned Lentils

1 packet taco seasoning (or use this recipe for homemade taco seasoning mix)
Water (according to taco seasoning packet directions)
1 lb cooked lentils, (buy precooked or use this method to cook your own)

Put taco seasoning into the pan.  Add water.  Add lentils.  Stir and heat until hot and aromatic, and water has been absorbed.

*sometimes I add corn to them for added texture, color and deliciousness!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Anti-Procrastination Tuesday


Goals Last Week:
start seeds
clean out gardens
sort paper file

Goals This Week:
start seeds
clean out garden
organize top desk drawer
rescue refrigerator
rescue pantry

Home Zone This Week:
new office space
(spend 15 minutes a day focused on zone work)

Hot Spot This Week:
paperwork
(spend 5 minutes a day decluttering hot spot)

Computer Zone:
stickies

Last Week's Pin:

Pin I Want To Implement This Week:

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Last Week's Most Clicked On Links:


Raising Kids Who Arn't Picky | Stuffed Veggies

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Be Encouraged, Be Inspired & Get Something Done!

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Let's Work Together And Get The Word Out!
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Arroz Con Dulce - A Sweet, Sticky, Coconut Rice Treat from Puerto Rico

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It is getting warmer here in the Midwest, summer is coming, and I have been dreaming of a vacation somewhere with a beach...specifically I've been DREAMING OF PUERTO RICO!

I've been watching some amazing videos about Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Tourism recently partnered with popular Trip Advisor to transform real traveler 5-star reviews into stunning short films. These short films are narrated by Puerto Rican stars, and has helped me realize that Puerto Rico is filled with world-class attractions that will turn any trip into a 5-star vacation story! I want to go!

Just watch the above video to see the beautiful El Yunque National Forest.  I sat and stared wide-eyed at that waterfall.  This is the only rainforest under US national park service.

A few other reasons I'm dreaming of Puerto Rico & what I would do there:

~Flamenco Beach in Culebra, cited as one of the best beaches in the world.

~I want to glow like and angel in the water in the Bioluminescent bays.  

~I'd visit San Juan and enjoy its old world charm.

~The foodie in me would love to explore some of Puerto Rico's delicacies.

Speaking of Puerto Rican food, I thought it would be fun to experience some authentic Puerto Rican food. I'm hoping that giving my family a taste of what we would eat there will get us all dreaming.  A bit manipulative, yes, but a great way to introduce my family to the place I want to go and get us all on the same page. {wink}


I explored the internet and found this recipe for Arroz Con Dulce from the Noshery.  It is "basically translates to rice candy. It is a sticky, coconut sweet rice treat with cinnamon and raisins tossed in. It is delicious, sweet and sticky."  It is the perfect recipe to lure my family into falling in love with the flavors of Puerto Rico.  

Puerto Rico is also knows for their Rum.  Of course I had to find a fun Puerto Rican rum drink recipe, and I found a Mojito drink that is light, refreshing and full of mint flavor.  I'm gonna sip and dream of being at the beach in Puerto Rico. 

Mojito Diego
2 ounces Puerto Rican rum
Mint leaves
Splash of simple syrup
2 small lime wedges.
club soda
Instructions:
Muddle mint, simple syrup and lime wedges in a tall pint glass. Add rum. Add ice. Fill glass with club soda. Shake once to mix. 
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One last HUGE reason that I would choose to visit Puerto Rico over any other tropical place is that there is no need for Passports or foreign money!  We would just hop on a plane and go. I think this reason alone would get my very practical and efficient husband on board...hopefully on board that plane!  
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If this sounds good to you and you would like to Live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico. make sure you check out seepuertorico.com and share with me via comments section why you would want to go there!

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