So a couple months ago Blair came to me and said he is sick of meat and would just like to take a break on eating meat for a while…
My initial thought was “ohh god how am I going to manage this going into a shred phase“. A big part of going into a diet phase after weeks of reverse dieting is keeping your protein high high high.
The problem with plant based proteins is that for whatever protein you’re consuming you are probably consuming twice or sometimes three times the amount of carbohydrates as well. Not that carbohydrates are a bad thing but now you’re taking in twice the amount of calories.
I will admit though I have been doing well and have been very compliant with my protein intake. I’ve been supplementing ATLEAST one whey isolate protein shake and one casein protein shake per day to keep up with the protein intake.
This here has been my FAVOURITE plant based protein recipe, replacing our regular ground turkey taco Tuesdays. To add more protein to the recipe I’ll make sure I have enough fats available with my macros to add cheese to the tacos. If my fats are too low for cheese I will have a chocolate protein shake or protein pudding for dessert!
I honestly don’t think I will go back to ground turkey tacos… These have been SOOO good and have lots of options for topping mix ups as well. In the picture here you will see raw chopped mushrooms but I’ve done them with sautéed peppers, chopped scallions, roasted cauliflower, chopped lettuce, or spinach.
Here is the base of this recipe:
Calories per 1 taco 135
1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup dry lentils
3 tsp cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp garlic salt
1 taco hard shell
Cook shells according to package. Heat a sauce pan to medium heat and pour olive oil into pan. Toss lentils in olive oil so coated and sprinkle in seasonings and toss and roast a bit until starts to sizzle. Pour in 1/2 cup water, stir and simmer until lentils balloon up/soften. I like my lentils a little chewy but can cook until desired texture.
Scoop lentils into shells and add whatever you like! Salsa, greek yogurt, cheese, veggies, avocado etc. Get creative and enjoy!:)