Tasty Lentil Tacos

4.7
(719)

'When my husband's cholesterol numbers rose, I quickly lowered the fat in our family's diet. Finding dishes that were healthy for him and yummy for our five children was a challenge,' admits Michelle Thomas from Bangor, Maine. 'This fun taco recipe was a huge hit with everyone.'

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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely chopped onion

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil

  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup salsa

  • 12 taco shells

  • 1 ½ cups shredded lettuce

  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomato

  • 1 ½ cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese

  • 6 tablespoons fat free sour cream

Directions

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, saute the onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add the lentils, chili powder, cumin and oregano; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Uncover; cook for 6-8 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Mash lentils slightly.

  2. Stir in salsa. Spoon about 1/4 cup lentil mixture into each taco shell. Top with lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream.

Tips

Nutritional Analysis: One serving (2 tacos) equals 364 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 815 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 22 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 lean meat, 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.