Friday, April 8, 2011

Savory Meatless Taco Meat

I have made this a few times over the past 9 years and my family loves it. I first discovered this when I bought tofu 9 years ago and had no clue how to use it. In order to enjoy tofu you have to find just the right recipe because on it's own it's tasteless and squishy. In this recipe the the tofu soaks up the perfect blend of spices and lentils and together it all creates the closest most delicious meat substitute I've ever had. It tastes just like ground turkey or beef. We make large batches of this and have it on salads and in burritos. It's so yummy and very heart friendly!! Hope you enjoy my version of this recipe.

Savory Meatless Taco Meat
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning or (1 tablespoon chili powder, 2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth, vegetable stock or water
  • 1 pkg firm tofu finely diced
  • pinch of salt
Suatee onions and garlic in oil until tender, add tofu and salt and brown it on all sides. Add lentils and stir for one minute. Add broth/water and bring to a boil for one minute. Turn down to medium heat and simmer for 20 minutes. When water has absorbed, stir int o taco spices and stir for another minutes. Press firmly, mashing lentils and tofu into the onions. You can pour salsa, ketchup or mild taco sauce (red or green) into taco meat and simmer for another 5 minutes, or serve right away as is. I like to add a little lime juice and fresh cilantro into my meat. Enjoy!!

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