Meatless Monday & Money Matters: Lentil Tacos + Weekly Menu


My dog, Lily, is spoiled. I know, no one is surprised. (P.S. Lily has a post all of her own tomorrow – be sure to check it out!).

Yesterday, Lily and I went on a mommy-daughter “field trip” to PetsMart (we referred to this as “Operation Get Away From Sick Daddy”). She got 2 new “babies” (this is what we call toys…who knows why), 3 bones, and a new chicken-flavored Nylabone. She loves it — she even sleeps with it tucked under her paw.

lentiltacos4 Anyways, that trip to PetsMart ran me $31. Oops.

Now what if I told you that’s more than I spent on GROCERIES for 2 people, for an entire week? Believe it. The best and easiest way to cut costs at the grocery store?

Eat meat-free more often.


I generally buy my chicken from Trader Joe’s for $2.99/lb, but TJ’s is about 20 miles from my house. With the price of gas (!!), I haven’t been able to justify making that trip. I’ve also opted to make a concerted effort to include recipes that use really cheap proteins, like lentils.

Admittedly, lentils don’t make me swoon. To me, they can lack flavor and the texture can be a bit…grainy. But after RAVE reviews from my friend Kristen about these tacos, I knew I wanted to give them a try.

lentiltacos5 These lentils were seasoned perfectly and the texture was similar enough to meat, that even a meat-lover may get stooped with these (even with all 17.6 grams of fiber!)! Tacos are packed with flavor, and many different flavors at that, making them the perfect vehicle to not only try a new protein, but to experiment with new flavors and ingredients…even with picky, unadventurous eaters!

I also loved that this meal was ready in 30 minutes. While the lentils simmer away, you can prep all the other ingredients. These reheat great and are very inexpensive.


My weekly menu is late this week…but that’s because I couldn’t decide on what to make!

Weekly Menu: March 4th – 8th

P.S. Here is the round-up to all of the gorgeous Cuban and Filipino dishes made for Krystal and Baby Cookie!

Have a great week!

Be well,


  1. We do always have lentils on hand…This week I’m using them for a salad.

  2. I am glad you liked the recipe! I loved it as well – tasted very similar to meat tacos to me!

    The leftover filling tastes great on a salad as well – that is how I used my leftovers!

  3. My family doesn’t usually do Meatless Mondays, but now that it is Lent we go meat-free on Fridays. We usually only do fish, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I think these tacos might be a nice change! Do you think it would work with black beans? My little brother refuses to eat lentils after a lentil loaf fail of mine last year. :-D

  4. these look amazing! I LOVE this idea!

    Also, hope you like the stuffed peppers! :)

  5. I love lentil tacos and these look delicious. But your photos?! GORGEOUS! Nice work!

  6. What a neat idea! We are trying to do do meatless once a week so this just seems perfect for us. I’m not a huge fan of lentils either, so I’m curious to try this!
    I hope you like the Green Chile Enchiladas!

  7. While I didn’t necessarily stop eating meat to cut costs…it’s a definite plus! Also, with delicious meals like this, who needs meat anyway. These sound awesome. Totally PINNED.

  8. So glad you liked them!! They are so easy and flavorful!! Definitely a recipe I’m keeping in rotation. :)

  9. I am so impressed by your grocery bill!!! Wow, I need to take a lesson from you, lol! I’m a real meatless meal-lover, but Mike is such a carnivore. He does love lentils though, so I think he’d definitely enjoy these yummy tacos!

    • Nicole, RD says:

      It’s not usually THAT low, but I happened to have a lot of frozen fruit I wanted to use up and all my staple items were well-stocked :)

  10. When we first got our dog we went to PetsMart – bought him a toy that cost $8 thinking he’d have it for a while. Wrong. It lasted the afternoon! Since then I buy all of his toys at garage sales and Goodwill – mostly for .25 or .50 cents. Then I don’t feel bad when he rips them up. :D

    Love your meatless meals!!

  11. I love lentils. I always have them in my cupboard, but I don’t use them nearly enough. These tacos sound fantastic.
    As for the petsmart situation, I’m lucky if I can get out of there for less than $30. Lexie gets so excited when I come home holding a bag (from anywhere) so when I actually get stuff for her, I go a little overboard because her reaction is so cute.

  12. Mmmm, a fantastic and inexpensive meal. I’m kinda jealous that you spent less than $31 in groceries. I’m kinda excited for tomorrow’s Lily post…you know I love seeing that lovable dog of yours!!!

  13. You spent $31 on groceries for the week?!?!? THAT I am blown away by! I’ve definitely be loving more meat lately…. Yummy for me (plus it’s keeping all my #s good!), but not so good on our wallets.

    My hubs kinda hates lentils… Think I could trick him with these? Can’t wait for Lily’s post! I’ll be sure to show Joe :)

  14. Yummy! We definitely go meat free most of the time for the savings. The difference is pretty incredible, and most of the time I never feel like I’m missing anything(OK, I never do, my hubby sometimes does, haha). The spices on the lentils sound delicious!

  15. These look fantastic!! I’ve been looking for a vegan taco option, and these will be easy to vegan-ize. Also, I love that you provide the nutrition info, very good to know. Thank you!

  16. I eat meat-free most days, but I am still very impressed by your thrifty grocery shopping! These tacos look like a great way to spice up lentils

  17. Oooh, I’ve made lentil tacos before. The photos are lovely!

  18. I made Lentil Tacos last night for dinner for my vegetarian husband who eats around 8 vegetables and doesn’t like beans (oh my). He LOVED THE LENTILS!!!! THANK YOU!! I finally have a really good recipe to throw into rotation that is quick, cheap, and delicious to both of us. You and your friend knocked it out of the park! I did add 2 extra cloves of garlic ;)

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Yay!! If that isn’t a testimony to lentil taco awesomeness, then I dunno what is! Thanks, Corey! Have a super weekend!

  19. Love the vegetarian take on tacos…never thought of that. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. I’ve wanting to try lentils instead of meat in tacos. I’m glad I found this recipe.

  21. Made these for dinner tonight. My meat loving husband scoffed at the idea, but after trying them said they tasted beefy but better than ground beef. He said we could eat these instead of beef from now on! Thanks for the great recipe!

  22. These were amazing!! I love lentils but my carnivore DH cringes at the mere mention of the word. To my surprise he LOVED this dish. Everything just tasted so fresh, a perfect combo. I will certainly keep this recipe for future use! Bonus – leftovers were just as fantastic!


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