09/29/2008 (4:27 pm)
Since meat prices have gone through the roof around here, I’ve been experimenting with frugal vegetarian dishes. Turns out that lentils are a great substitute for ground beef in a variety of dishes. This week we made taco style lentils and rice and served it in taco shells. It cooked up almost as fast as traditional taco filling and was very yummy. I cooked it on the stove, but the recipe also gives directions on how to cook the same dish in the crockpot. That would make it easy to have dinner cook itself while I’m at work.
This is a great dish to use if you’re introducing your family to more bean and lentil recipes. It doesn’t have that “traditional” lentil taste and serving it in tacos is just plain fun. The use of spices in this dish make it taste very much like a regular taco and if you ask me, just about anything tastes good topped with cheese and chopped tomatoes and served in a crunchy taco shell. If you’re looking for a good filling, yet cheap dinner, try these lentil tacos.
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