Vedged Out 2013 Green Smoothie Challenge Day 7

Lentil TacosDinner Tonight: Lentil Tacos

Sorry for the lateness of this post, my parents ended up paying us a (very welcome) surprise visit today, so I’m a bit behind schedule. So today is day 7 of the challenge. I’m down 4.8 lbs, 3% body fat and I’ve lost at least two inches off my waist. Pretty awesome. Final weigh in will be tomorrow morning.

Today was all about the lentils.

Lentil Taco Filling

  • 1 C. dried brown/green lentils, rinsed and sorted
  • 2 C. water
  • 2 T. chili powder
  • 1 T. ground cumin
  • 2 t. dried oregano
  • 1/4 C. tomato paste
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 C. chopped cilantro
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 1 diced carrot
  • 2 T. nutritional yeast
  • 2 T. Bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 1 diced bell pepper (red or green)

Method: Put all the above ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for 45-60 minutes until all liquid is absorbed. Serve a couple spoonfuls of lentil mixture onto a lettuce leaf, top with shredded cabbage, tomato, fire roasted salsa and a drizzle of tahini cream. I had 3 tacos, you could eat as many as 6 if you like. This makes enough lentil taco filling to serve 4-6 people.

For smoothies today I had the Tropical Colada Smoothie and the Chocolate Covered Blues.

For lunch I made an adaptation of my brother Abe’s “Hearty Lentil Soup” out of our family cookbook. IT WAS AWESOME.

Abe's Hearty Lentil Soup

Abe’s Hearty Lentil Soup

If you’ve been searching for the perfect soup recipe for your brown lentils, look no further. If I wasn’t on the challenge, I would have added a couple of diced potatoes….

  • 2 C. dry brown/green lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 2 diced onions
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 stalks diced celery
  • 4 sliced carrots
  • 4 diced roma tomatoes
  • 2 T. nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 C. Bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 8 C. vegetable broth
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. dried dill
  • 1/2 C. tomato paste (1 small can)
  • 1/2 t. cumin
  • 1 t. spike or other herb seasoning (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste (I added pepper, but didn’t need salt)

Method: Add everything to a large soup pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover pot with a lid and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 45-60 minutes until lentils are very tender. Pulse a few times with a stick blender if desired.

Stats for the day:

Target:
Eaten:

Calories

under 1,400
1186x

Carbohydrate

under 245 g
232 g 72%x

Protein

under 53 g
44 g 14%x

Fat

under 23 g
20 g 14%x

Water

over 8 glasses
8-7/8 glassesx
Target:
Eaten:

Dietary Fiber

over 25 g
55 gx

Saturated Fat

under 16 g
3 gx

Trans Fat

under 2 g
0 gx

Cholesterol

under 300 mg
0 mgx

Sodium

over 1,500 mg
x
Target:
Eaten:

Sugars

under 100 g
94 gx

Vitamin A

over 2,333 IU
2648 IUx

Vitamin C

over 75 mg
236 mgx

Calcium

over 1,000 mg
1300 mgx

Iron

over 18 mg
19 mg

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36 responses to “Vedged Out 2013 Green Smoothie Challenge Day 7

  1. Yum on the lentil soup!

  2. I might just give my toxic hot chilli soup a miss tomorrow and make this. I am a day behind you and have lost 4lb so far effortlessly and completely happily. I am actually going to continue on with the challenge for another week. I wanted to retrain my eating habits and this challenge is really doing it for me. I haven’t ever been able to stick to “plans” before and was highly sceptical of this one at first but I love how easy it is to customise, to fit into your life and how much food there is. I have learned to love green smoothies even though I tend to only be able to fit one of them in a day and have started to eat lunch again where I used to skip it. Cheers for this wonderful plan and I will let you know how I go next week. The only thing that I have had a tiny craving for is something sweet. I don’t eat sweet things as a rule but used to eat a LOT of potatoes so am putting it down to starch withdrawal.

    • You did well my friend! Sorry again about the chili powder conversion! Ah yes, starch withdrawal and I are good friends as well ;) I baked A LOT of bread once the challenge was finished!

      • I haven’t finished yet. I enjoyed the challenge so much I decided to incorporate it into my day to day meal planning. I hadn’t felt so good in years and this plan continues to make me feel great :) I only have 1 green smoothie and I have the soup every day but now I add a bit more fruit, hummus with some pumpkin etc. and a nice salad whenever I feel like it. I add tahini to the smoothie as well. Cheers for an amazing plan and something that has given me a new healthy lease on life :)

  3. sk

    The lentil tacos look so good. Thanks for posting!

  4. Great stats, girl! Hope you had a wonderful visit with your parents.

  5. donna

    excited for my husband and me to start the challenge today. looking forward to fitting back into my “skinny jeans” or just to fit back into my clothes comfortable. at this point I will settle for the latter. So excited to try all these new recipes:)

  6. Way to go Somer! You are doing amazing and are truly an inspiration!

  7. LOVE lentil tacos! Especially in lettuce wraps. YUM! :)

  8. This looks fabulous (both recipes). I will be making these soon. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Congrats Somer! That is so awesome!! Those tacos look fab too! I’ve seen lentils as taco meat before but never tried it…I need to try this! I have a meatless taco lettuce wrap recipe on my blog where I use ground up almonds as taco meat…different, but we enjoy it. The lentils I bet are delicious too. I’m a fan of everything you post!

    • ohhh, the almond tacos sound fabulous! I tried a lentil taco meat out of a Happy Herbivore book…. I liked this one better, that one had ketchup and mustard in it…. No thanks ;)

  10. Looks yummy – and you know how we feel about lentils over here. Perhaps we should all put together a volume of lentilicousness. Gearing up for my second “run” today. Thanks for cheering me on.

    • We totally need a volume of lentiliciousness! The soup was a revelation (and I’ve made an awful lot of lentil soups in my day). So proud of you for getting your run on! Unfortunately I rolled my ankle last week whilst attempting another snow run. Slippery stuff. I’m still limping, but hoping for a swift recovery. Pilates and yoga til then.

  11. Yum, that taco looks too good to be true! You’ve inspired me…I’m off to get creative with that kick in the pants :) YUM! Congrats on the week of hard work and results Somer, what a way to start this awesome year :) Love. XO

  12. That lentil soup is calling my name & my mouth too! :) Good for you that you lost so many pounds etc! Yeah!! xxx Good luck with the rest!

  13. You did it girl!!! Fantastic – isn’t it amazing what happens when you eat the right food?
    You put a lot of work into designing this week! I remember my “plant-wild week” last summer – I was in the kitchen designing new food 24/7, even in bed at night I was designing new recipes :-)
    Thank you for doing this! You are such a great inspiration Somer!
    XXX

    • Haha! Couldn’t sleep tonight because I’m up “designing recipes”! So silly! I adored your plant wild week. It was so incredible. It’s amazing how our bodies respond to all the wonderful nutrients. Love you Anne!

  14. wow somer.. awesome job at the challenge.. love this taco filling. I can alreayd imagine it on a Pizza;)

  15. Ooooh, congrats on the results, way to go! And I’m really digging those lentil tacos… pls send me some :)

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  17. Erin

    Love these. Tonight is the second time I made them. I also made the tahini cream and it is so good! Thanks for another great recipe!

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