Easy Lentil Walnut Tacos with Cabbage Lime Slaw

By Gena Hamshaw
January 18, 2015
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Author Notes: A perfect recipe to whip up on a busy weeknight, thanks to a super-healthy lentil and walnut crumble filling and a low stress slaw. If you don't have cabbage, feel free to substitute what you have on hand (romaine lettuce, carrots, or cucumber will all work well).Gena Hamshaw

Serves: 4

  • 1 1/4 cups walnuts, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped and tightly packed oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown lentils
  • a few tablespoons water
  • 2 cups green cabbage, thinly shredded and tightly packed
  • 2 cups red cabbage, thinly shredded and tightly packed
  • 2 scallions, light green and white parts only, chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, sliced in half crosswise, seeds removed, and finely diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons agave or maple syrup
  • dash red pepper flakes (or to taste), optional
  • 8 corn taco shells or tortillas, warmed
  1. To make the lentil walnut crumble, place the walnuts in a food processor and pulse 2 to 3 times to break them down. Add the tamari, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, and vinegar and pulse 2 to 3 times more. Add the lentils and pulse until the mixture is thoroughly incorporated and crumbly (it should resemble taco meat). As you go, add a few tablespoons of water as needed. Set the crumble aside until you’re ready to use it (to save time, make the crumble a day in advance). This recipe makes 2 cups, which will keep in an airtight container for up to a week.
  2. To make the cabbage slaw, combine the cabbage, scallions, pepper, and cilantro in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the oil, lime juice, garlic, and agave syrup and pour it over the slaw. Mix well and add a dash of red pepper flakes if desired.
  3. To assemble the tacos, distribute the crumble filling evenly among the 8 taco shells. Top with a handful of the slaw, and serve.

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