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Roasted Carrot and Lentil Tacos

Roasted Carrot and Lentil Tacos

Two days till Cinco de Mayo – that leaves plenty of time to plan for tacos, right? Ample time to switch up prevailing plans of a standard Mexican meal, too.

Carrot and Lentil Tacos

Outside of the corn tortilla, this recipe isn’t the typical celebration piece. But the roasted carrot + spiced lentil combo that lays within it makes the recipe certainly worth veering away from traditional.

If you’re in the market for something new, give it a go. These tacos will still pair perfectly with a classic margarita and side bowl of guac., so don’t think you need to entirely ship your Cinco de Mayo plans outside of the box. I mean, avocados are pretty much a must…

Roasted Carrot and Lentil Tacos

Here, cumin seeds get flashed in a hot skillet and then ground into a notably aromatic, fresh powder. This extra step really makes the lentils shine without requiring much further effort to make them stand out. I.e., don’t skip this step if you can help it.

The toasty flavor of the cumin pairs perfectly with the sweet and earthy carrots that are placed beside the lentils. Creamy goat cheese seals the deal before the taco gets wrapped. If you want, you can amp up the buttery factor by pureeing some of the roasted carrots prior to adding them to your taco. Layer this onto the tortillas as a sauce, and proceed as the recipe instructs. Yum-o. That’s a celebration I’m ready to have on my plate this Tuesday. You with me?!

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Golden Tempeh and Rice with Triple Green Avocado Sauce

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with me! No, not with tacos, but with the red, white and green from this Golden Tempeh and Rice with Triple Green Avocado Sauce.

I am in love with how beautiful this sauce turned out, and while not spiced with Mexican seasoning, I couldn’t help but think of the country’s illustrious flag. I did contemplate making tacos with the ripe avocados I had, but then opted for something a little different. Although, now that I think about it, this would make a great burrito filling. Regardless, it’s still totally sombrero-worthy.

The sauce, jam packed with a triple dose of green — arugula, cilantro and avocado — is full of flavor and incredibly creamy, without one ounce of dairy or olive oil. The avocados, full of healthy, unsaturated fats, lend the smooth fiesta to this dish, while the arugula kicks in a lot of the flavor. The cilantro was added because it’s my favorite addition to fresh guacamole, and while it’s not a prominent part of this dish, it does add a subtle palate-cleansing freshness.

This year I’m partying with the red, white and green party on my fork. Take a bite with me?

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