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Taco Night: Lentil Eggplant Edition!

Taco night is a HUGE deal in our house.  It is one of the few meals where the bf and I will both get fancy in the kitchen together.  It's easy, because you can make tacos out of ANYTHING!  He usually does a spicy turkey taco, but I mix it up almost every time.  I had a few chinese eggplants in the garden, so I thought I would use those.

Before taco night began, I whipped up an easy mango salsa.  I usually do this with three mangos, but 2 had gone bad on the corner (SADNESS), so I only ended up with one.

Dana's Easy Mango Salsa

3 mangos (or however many you have)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can fiesta corn, rinsed and drained
2 cans hot rotelle (this will make it very spicy, so beware!)
3 limes, squeezed
chopped cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

I just toss this all in a bowl and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour.  You can lay off the hot rotelle and do fresh tomatoes and jalepenos.  We were going for easy.

Taco night usually starts with us snacking on chips and salsa and ending with us laying on the couch groaning in pain, but in between we have fun making tacos!  This recipe was really easy, and it turned out quite delicious.  I usually like to use cucumbers instead of chips and cabbage instead of taco shells.  I did sneak some mission chips, though.

Eggplant Lentil Taco Meat

1 cup lentils
2 cups water
3 chopped chinese eggplants
1 packed garden of eden taco seasoning
2 chopped jalepenos

I cooked the eggplant and lentils in water for about a half an hour, then I added the seasoning once it was finished.  

Here you can see the refried black beans on the stove.  These are so yummy, and we never have taco night without them!  I rolled my tacos up with chopped onion and a little squeezed lime, but there are TONS of things you could throw on there:

guac or avocado
vegan cheese
chopped tomatoes
more hot peppers
more salsa

I thought my tacos looked like a big happy face!  They were really good and filling.  Whomever said vegan food was rabbit food was crazy.  I was stuffed!

Stay tuned Friday for a SPOOKY HALLOWEEN DINNER!!!!!



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