Heat-Free Lentil & Walnut Tacos

Hi there! This post is a follow-up to my review and giveaway for Gena Hamshaw’s cookbook, Choosing Raw. As part of the giveaway, I asked which recipe you wanted to see the most out of four options I presented, and the Heat-Free Lentil & Walnut Tacos were the clear winner (I can certainly see why, they look YUM):

Lentil Walnut Tacos from Choosing Raw cookbook

Thanks to both Gena and her publisher, here is the printable recipe for your next vegan taco night:

Heat-Free Lentil & Walnut Tacos
To me, this dish embodies flexible, high raw cuisine at its finest. Using romaine leaves as a “taco” and walnut as part of the taco “meat” are standard raw foodie tricks, but the addition of cooked lentils adds extra protein, iron, and healthy complex carbs. This is a stress-free meal, easy to whip up at a moment’s notice if you have some lentils in the freezer, and you can top it however you like!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 4
  • Taco Filling Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cups raw walnuts
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes and drained
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 cup cooked brown or green lentils
  • Serving Ingredients:
  • 8 large romaine leaves (cabbage, radicchio, and butter lettuce leaves also work well)
  • 1 cup salsa of choice
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced
  1. Place the walnuts and sea salt in a food
  2. Processor and pulse to break the nuts down until
  3. Crumbly.
  4. Add the tomatoes, spices, and lentils to the processor.
  5. Pulse until the mixture is well incorporated. Check for
  6. Seasoning, and add additional salt, cumin, or chili
  7. As needed. Add a few tablespoons of water, if needed, to
  8. Bind the mixture together.
  9. Divide the filling into the romaine leaves. Top each with 2
  10. Tablespoons of salsa and a few avocado slices. Serve.

And, I’m also sending one lucky winner a copy of the book. The winner as randomly selected from over 300 entries is…Candy R.!

Choosing Raw book review from Carrie on Living | www.carrieonliving.com

I hope your summer is going well, can you believe that tomorrow is August 1st?

I’m still in the midst of packing up two houses and getting ready for the new one. We haven’t closed escrow on the new place yet, but I was there the other day and snapped a quick pic of the kitchen. May it stay as neat and tidy in the future as it appears right now. 🙂 I’m so excited and grateful that future Carrie on Living recipes will be prepared in this lovely space:

Carrie on Living healthy kitchen | www.carrieonliving.com

Until next time, happy summering!

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  1. says

    ohgoodgolly just two minutes ago I was looking at the giant jar of lentils in my pantry and wondering what to do with them! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!
    Best wishes on your new digs…love that wooden flooring! 🙂

  2. says

    I’m not vegan, but this looks great. My boyf is a carb lover so sometimes we do one wheat wrap, one lettuce wrap just to ease him into it! I think this filling would be awesome either way. best of luck with the move, your new kitchen looks lovely and sooo spacious!

    • says

      Hi Stephanie, I think that’s a great idea about giving the option of a regular wrap…my man would demand the same. 🙂

      Thanks for the support on my move…I haven’t packed one thing from my kitchen yet because I keep thinking “oh, I am going to need that soon.” ACK!

  3. Sarah says

    Your new kitchen is so beautiful!!!! I am excited new Carrie on Living recipes are going to be prepared in such a beautiful space as well! You’ll have to let us know your “inagural” meal in the space 🙂 Good luck with the entire move. It’s such a pain, but I can see it’s taking you down a very good path. I’m soooooooo excited for you 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. says

    Mmmm this looks so good! I can’t wait to try it out. It will probably be my lunches next week. Yum!
    I LOVE your new kitchen! It’s gorgeous =)
    I can’t wait to see it in person ;p


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