That was before we got Scout. As soon as she hears me get out of bed, it's playtime. She has to bring me her squirrel toy. And then her raccoon toy. And then her squeaky ball. Like, "Which one do you want to play with? I'm down for whatever is most distracting!"
And then there are some mornings when she doesn't even wait for us to get out of bed. Like the day Clark woke up to find her squirrel underneath him. Or the times when she explores the room to find an empty water bottle for maximum noise-making at 8am.
Oh, Scout. I love ya, girl. But I gotta get a blog post sent out every once in a while! The people are waiting. They need lentil taco salad bowls in their lives right now.
At the moment, the puppy is happily chewing away on a rawhide while I happily type away. (Why did it take me this long to think of giving her a rawhide in times like these??) Today's post is brought to you in part by Good Buddy's 100% Natural USA Rawhides – a special treat that she will no doubt devour in under 30 minutes.
Time's a-ticking, so I'm gonna cut to the taco chase. Because, tacos, man. I don't know when or how, but the idea suddenly popped into my head to make taco "meat" out of lentils, a vegan lentil taco salad bowls. It makes sense, really. Lentils have tons of protein – ahem, more than meat – and they have a dense, hearty texture. (ALSO, lentils are way less expensive than beef or chicken. 🙌🙌🙌)
If you can't find them at your local grocery store (which would surprise me), you can always order our favorite brand via our good friend Amazon. I'm a fan of red lentils for this recipe because they cook MUCH faster and you can stop them at your desired consistency.
Season with traditional taco spices and boom! You have vegan taco filling that tastes just like the stuff mom cooks up on taco night. 💪 I also added black beans for a little extra texture, but you could go all lentils if desired.
While we used the lentil filling as a base for taco salad bowls, you could totally warm some soft or crispy tortillas and go handheld-taco with this stuff. What matters is not how you taco, but that you now have a beef-free option for taco Tuesday/taco anyday.
If you made this vegan lentil taco salad bowls recipe let us know in the comments!
If you enjoy lentils be sure to check out this lentil salad we love. <3Print