Did you know that lentils contain 18 grams of protein and 16 grams of dietary fiber in a one cup portion? It also packs 37% of your daily intake of iron. Lentils are wonderful and nutritionally low in fat, high in folate,
phosphorus, fiber and iron. More importantly, the soluble fiber in lentils helps keep your cholesterol down and blood sugars under control.
1 cup dried lentils
1 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
3 small cloves fresh garlic or 1 tsp powdered garlic
2 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper to taste
3 cups water
Soak lentils overnight. Next day prep time - about 15 minutes, cooking time about 35 minutes to one hour depending on how soft you like your lentils.
Brown onion and fresh garlic in a dash of oil. Mix in soaked lentils and all other ingredients. Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer until done.
Scoop into shells or tortillas and serve with shredded cheese, diced tomato, lettuce, and any other taco toppings your family enjoys.
This dinner cost me pennies to make - Lentils cost about 14 cents an ounce and I own a wealth of basic spices and I get water out of the tap.