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Protein-Packed Vegan Lentil Quinoa Tacos

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Let’s Taco-bout Plant Protein

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But where do you get your protein?!

There’s a common misconception that even Dusty and I fell victim to when we were embarking on our plant-curious journey—that if you aren’t eating meat, you aren’t getting enough protein. By educating ourselves and putting it to the test, we soon came to find out that it’s simply not the case!

All foods contain protein, including plants, and 97% of American are getting enough. In fact, plants contain all essential amino acids. Studies also show that less than 3% of Americans are getting enough fiber. Plant foods are rich in fiber, which meat contains none of, and plants contain zero cholesterol, which meat contains a lot of.

Simply put, increasing your plant protein and eliminating or drastically reducing the amount of animal protein in your diet will equate to better digestion and a happier heart, amongst a plethora of other plant-powered perks! *sources + additional info linked below

Protein-Packed Vegan Lentil Quinoa Tacos | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com

Gram-for-gram, lentils contain more protein than beef!

Protein-Packed Vegan Lentil Quinoa Tacos | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com
Protein-Packed Vegan Lentil Quinoa Tacos | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com
Protein-Packed Vegan Lentil Quinoa Tacos | Erin Stanczyk | EatMoveRest.com

The Complete Protein Myth

A complete protein is a food that contains all 9 essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, which helps our bodies to build and repair tissues. The group called essential amino acids are ones that our bodies cannot create, and therefore, we must obtain from our diet.

For a long time, people argued that plants were inferior protein sources because many of them are not “complete” proteins, and the body would not be getting what it needed. Food combining became popularized, where it was believed that you needed to eat complementary proteins, i.e. rice and beans, at one meal, in order to get the full spectrum of essential amino acids. However, research now clearly shows that our bodies have an amino acid “pool,” in which they store the amino acids we need, and expel the ones we don’t need.

All of that being said, quinoa is actually a complete protein, and while lentils are not, they do contain nearly 18g of protein per cup, cooked!

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Lentil Quinoa Tacos

If you’re craving something meaty, high protein, and extra indulgent, these delicious and nutritious Lentil Quinoa Tacos will do the trick! And don’t forget about the fixin’s—add in some vegan nacho cheeze, fresh salsa, guacamole, mango salsa, gluten-free tortillas, and chopped veggies and you’ve got yourself a fiesta!

vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, protein-packed!

time: 30min // serves: 4-6

ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa

  • 1 cup dry lentils

  • 1/2 red onion, diced

  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 3-4 tbsp nutritional yeast

  • 1 tbsp oregano

  • 1 tbsp cumin

  • 1 tbsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • salt + pepper to taste

steps:

  1. Rinse and drain quinoa and lentils and cook each separately with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium/low until water is absorbed and grains are cooked.

  2. Meanwhile, sauté onion and garlic with a bit of salt and pepper in a splash of water in a non-stick pan until soft, fragrant and slightly translucent.

  3. When green lentils are cooked, place in strainer and rinse under COLD water and then place in food processor and pulse to achieve more of a “meaty” texture. *The cold rinse will help ensure that the lentils do not become over-processed.

  4. Combine pulsed lentils, quinoa, sautéed onion and garlic, and seasoning mix, and stir until thoroughly combined.

optional fixins:

  • shredded romaine and/or romaine leaves

  • gluten-free tortillas

  • bell peppers

  • red onion

  • sweet corn

  • cherry tomatoes

  • mango

  • cilantro

  • lime wedges

  • avocado slices or guacamole

  • vegan cashew “cheeze” sauce

  • brown rice and/or black beans

notes:

  • To make your taco meat look even more “meaty,” try using red quinoa instead of white!

  • We also have a Lentil Walnut Taco Meat recipe on our Vegan Nachos YouTube video, so be sure to check it out for another delicious and nutritious variation!

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Guac-n-roll

It’s always important to include healthy fats in your diet for optimal absorption of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients! …But I think it’s safe to say that nobody’s going to have to twist your arm to slop a dollop of fresh-whipped guacamole onto your tacos! ;)

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Lettuce Eat Plants

We get a lot of questions about how to maintain your plant-based perspective around family and friends, and while dining out and traveling. My simplest answer is, JUST ROCK IT—you do you—but I know that can take time!

My second answer is always to share the wealth! If you really want to wow your friends and fam, make them a delicious, plant-powered meal that they can’t resist!

Host a Taco Tuesday party at your house, complete with all the fixin’s, and let the plants work their magic! My favorite secret ingredient is our vegan cashew cheeze sauce! If you want us to share the full recipe, be sure to let me know in the comments!

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Three Raw Vegan 3-Ingredient Salad Dressings

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A Taste of the Tropics

Nicer weather is right around the corner, and whether you're lucky enough to be going on a spring break vacation somewhere beach-y and warm, or not, these 3 salad dressings will get you in the mood! 

Some of the most common questions I get are,

What kind of dressing do you put on your salads?
How can I make my salads more interesting and enjoyable?

If you know me, then you know I love raw foods and I love color--and the two just so happen to go hand-in-hand!

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SOS: Raw Foods To The Rescue

Store-bought dressings are typically loaded with SOS--salt, oil, and sugar--all of which can lead to inflammation, weight gain, high blood sugar, and more. All that you really need to add a burst of flavor, healthy fats, and color to your salad are a few raw foods you might already have at home!

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Three Tropical 3-Ingredient Salad Dressings

Raw fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds are living foods--because they are unprocessed and have not been exposed to heat, they retain all of their beneficial enzymes and nutrients, meaning more bang for your buck, and better overall health! These 3 raw dressings are bold, bright, delicious, and nutritious; try them drizzled on your favorite leafy greens, as a dip with fruits and/or veggies, or as a sauce on your dinnertime meal.

raw vegan, gluten-free, tropical, vibrant & delicious

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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | eat.move.rest. | THREE RAW VEGAN 3-INGREDIENT SALAD DRESSINGS

Tropical Mango Hemp

This dressing is sweet, creamy, and smooth, and is full of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A & C, and protein! I enjoy using this dressing on my Mexican-inspired Rainbow Fiesta Salad, and it also serves well as a fruit dip or a pudding, all by itself!

ingredients:

  • 1 ripe, juicy mango (or 1.5c frozen, thawed)
  • juice of 1.5 limes
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds

method:

  • Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
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Hot Pink Lemon Tahini

If you're craving a tangy, salty-flavored dressing, this one is my go-to! Tahini and lemon whipped together, create a thick and smooth dressing for a more savory salad, and a touch of pitaya (dragon fruit) powder adds the perfect pop of tropical color. This dressing is amazing atop a Mediterranean-inspired salad, and also goes great on top of baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.

ingredients:

  • 2tbsp raw tahini
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp pitaya powder (or small chunk of red beet or beet root powder--for color)

method:

  • Place all ingredients into a dish and whisk until smooth. Add a touch of water if dressing becomes too thick for your liking. If using raw beet, use a blender instead of whipping.
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Sunny Pineapple Carrot Ginger

This dressing is another bold bright, that's zesty, sweet, and slightly spicy, with a touch of texture. Ginger and pineapple are fantastic at fighting inflammation, and this recipes also boasts a healthy does of vitamins A & C.  I enjoy eating this one on an Asian-inspired salad, or by itself--almost like an applesauce, or fruit pureé! Because this one is fat-free, you may opt to include a nut or seed like slivered almonds or walnuts to your salad!

ingredients:

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2c pineapple, chopped
  • 1tsp ginger root, minced

method:

  • Pour all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
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As Seen On YouTube

Join in on the EatMoveRest YouTube channel to watch as I whip up these bold, bright dressings and share a kale snack with Beau! Be sure to Subscribe and join the EatMoveRest fam, give us a Thumbs Up, leave us some love in the Comments below, and Share with friends and family!

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A Healthy Dose Of Sunshine

I don't know where you're at, but here in Nebraska we've had a long, cold winter with plenty of snow. If you're feeling a little blue, these dressings should brighten your bowl, spice up your salads, and bring some sunshine into your life! 

I'm looking forward to bringing you more colorfully delicious recipes soon, but until next time, EatMoveRest Your Best!

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Erin

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