Recipe by Morgan Avery

This recipe checks all the boxes – easy, healthy, and delicious. Especially easy if you buy pre-cooked lentils – thanks Trader Joe’s! However, cooking lentils is quite easy too! Use this in place of meat to make earth friendly taco meals! Missing dairy? Explore shredded “cheese” options at your grocery store of choice. Hannafords makes their own, Daiya, Follow Your Heart, Miyokos – there are oodles of options now!


2 cups cooked green lentils 
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup bell pepper, diced 
2 garlic cloves
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
1 TBSP ground cumin
1 TBSP chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
1/2 tsp salt, more as needed
1.5 TBSP avocado oil

Preheat oven to 400F. In a food processor, add the walnuts, peeled garlic, sun dried tomato, oregano, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and salt, and pulse until the mixture becomes finely crumbled but not sticky. 

In a large nonstick skillet, saute the onion and pepper over medium heat, adding water as needed to prevent sticking. Once soft and translucent, drizzle the pan with the avocado oil and add the walnut mixture and the lentils. Gently mix everything to combine.

Spread the mixture on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake 10 minutes or more*, until desired texture is reached. The longer it stays in, the more it will dry out. 

And that’s it, now you have taco meat crumbles!
Assemble tacos by using tortillas (Vida Tortilla, anyone?) or lettuce wraps and adding your favorite toppings. 

-The moisture level will depend on how the lentils were cooked
-Portsmouth Health Food has loads of dairy-free favorites, from cheeses to sour cream.

Morgan is a plant based personal chef based on the Seacoast offering meal prep, cooking lessons, retreat services and workshops. She is an accredited health counselor and nutritional therapist, with a plant-based professional cooking degree from Rouxbe Cooking School. She is a passionate animal advocate and environmentalist, and can be found at or @morganaveryco on Instagram.

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