Lentils … The Other Chopped Meat

Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad that my children have chosen to be pescatarians instead of just vegetarians. It’s just that variety is the spice of life and eating fish every night would be boring even if I used Cajun spices🔥 So I thank God (yes I consider this a blessing) that the offspring actually like lentils. I have discovered (in a ‘eureka’ moment) that a pound of lentils mixed with a can of tomato paste can substitute for ground beef in many recipes (it helps if you shun meat and use your imagination). For example, sauté chopped pepper and onion and stir in the lentil/paste mixture, seasoning with salt & different powdered pepper (black, cayenne and chili) and spoon into a warm tortilla and set a ‘fixin’s bar’ on the table with olives, sour cream, guacamole, salsa and chips. If you have sombreros, pass them out, and watch your pescatarians (or vegetarians if you happen to BE that lucky) party like its Cinco de Mayo! Well, to be honest, I was partying like it was Cinco de Mayo with a margarita 🍹over my ‘eureka’ lentil moment. Sometimes we party like it’s Columbus Day because with a cup of 4C breadcrumbs, an egg and 1/4 cup milk you can make the lentil/tomato paste mixture into meatless balls that can sit on top of spaghetti all covered with cheese. Just no sneezing, please! Ahh, lentils, the other ground beef🍝