Each week, I try to include a couple of nights where we eat vegetarian meals. It’s good for your health not to eat meat every day (unlike the Standard American Diet!), and especially after watching Food, Inc. again recently with the kids (we felt like they needed a refresher on why we make certain choices), I was craving some meatless meals myself. Not to mention, meat is a big ticket item, so it’s great for your budget to skip out on occasion as well!
So, when I was at a loss for what yummy meatless dinner options to add to our upcoming dinner plan, I decided that might mean it’s time to come up with a tasty new recipe to enjoy (and share!). Plus who doesn’t like tacos?! :) Hopefully, this vegetarian version is filling and flavorful enough that even your biggest carnivores won’t notice anything’s missing.
I went with Queso Fresco (crumbly Mexican cheese) in the picture, but this dish is tasty with Parmesan as well. If you have trouble finding Queso Fresco you can ask to buy a little container from a local Mexican restaurant (this has worked for us!). For the longest time we thought our local grocery chain here in NC (Harris Teeter) didn’t carry it, but come to find out, it’s for some reason located in the deli meat section—not the cheese section. Anyway, just some tips if you need help figuring out what cheese to use for this dinner.
Sponsor Shoutout: Grassland Dairy
I’m a big fan of butter and used some in this recipe to add flavor; it did not disappoint! I’ve been partnering with Grassland Butter this year because they’re now offering a better choice for butter with their new Non-GMO Project-Verified certification. Here’s what that means:
- The absence of GMOs from seed to feed to table, for verified products
- Made from milk from cows not treated with rBST hormones
Grassland Butter is made by The Wuethrich (pronounced “wee-trick”) Family and has been a family-owned company for 115 years! Their new Non-GMO line includes Grassland quarters and spreadables (unsalted and salted), in addition to Wuthrich European Style Butter (83% butterfat), which is great baking butter, and South Isle Grass Fed Butter, both of which are coming soon. Grassland Butter is just being introduced now in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland, but plans to make it available nationally are coming next. Find Grassland Butter at a store near you and check out this chocolate cupcake recipe that I also put together in partnership with them.
10 thoughts on “Lentil and Mushroom Tacos”
How can this be adapted to an Instant Pot. It’s delish!
Hi, we haven’t tried using the Instant Pot since Lisa isn’t a fan of it. If you end up trying it out, feel free to share how it went. – Nicole
I was an overachiever and made this for lunch today. It was so good thank you!! I thought maybe lime would be a good addition at the end.
Looks like a yummy recipe but technically not vegetarian with the chicken broth. You may want to replace that with veggie broth in the recipe so that it is not misleading.
Hi Amy – Thanks for pointing out that error; the recipe has been updated. – Jason
Why are you using chicken broth rather than vegetable broth and calling it a vegetarian meal?
Hi Catherine – Thanks for pointing out that error; the recipe has been updated. – Jason
We also are working toward several vegan meals weekly. This recipe looks yummy. I’m going to use veggie broth rather than chicken and sub quinoa for the mushrooms. Thanks for the idea!
This is a relieving idea from the meat meat meat food that I’m used to. Although I got issues with mushrooms, it’s smell is enough to wreck my appetite. Do you think I can replace the mushroom with fish?
While it would completely change the recipe, you could give it a try and let us know! – Nicole