Greek-Style Lentil “Tacos”+ Leftover Meal Idea

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Okay, so this recipe is basically an amalgamation of all of my favourite recipes – done tastefully, don’t worry.

This recipe can be turned into a variety of meals including, obviously tacos, but also a lentil bowl, or even a pasta dish. It is so versatile!

I use french lentils or sprouted lentils for this particular dish.

I cook the lentils based on the provided cooking directions and then I add them to a pan to season and sauté with other ingredients.

I personally like to add one onion, one red pepper, cherry tomatoes (vitamin c helps to absorb iron), and some greens (kale, chard, spinach). I cook down until the ingredients are soft but not overcooked.

The sauce is super simple and is my go-to for so many dishes, especially when I am in a pinch!

Sauce (all measurements approximate):

1 tbsp EVOO

1 tbsp nut & seed butter

1 tbsp tamari sauce

1 small garlic glove, grated or minced

1 tsp lemon juice

pinch of salt and pepper

It really is that simple.

To finish the tacos and what gives it the greek flare, in my opinion is the Greek Feta Cheese. While the sauce isn’t really a Greek-style adding the feta in addition to the tomatoes, peppers and onions + the lemon brings out those flavours.

I call it a taco but I really wrap it up like a burrito!

But, I also like to make it into a bowl! Adding a few simple ingredients can really change up the flavours! I like to add steamed broccolini, avocado, squash or sweet potato, and fresh pomegranate seeds to add a nice refreshing punch! I have also topped this dish with coho or sockeye salmon and the dressing paired so nicely!

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What are you putting on your skin!?

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As consumers we are so over-burdened with choices and information. We have access to an abundance of information but lives are busy and we need what is most convenient and cost effective.

But, did you know that women use, on average 12+ products/day, many containing questionable ingredients not tested for human safety.

Beautycounter is an education first company which strives to educate and share information about what is actually in our products and how that is affecting our health. I have eliminated a lot of heath hazards from inside my home and in my personal care items, in addition to what I eat. I am aware not everyone cares about this and people have specific requirements for their personal care items. But, if you do care, Beautycounter products rate highly on the EWG databases, are gluten free, not tested on animals and do not include approximately 1500 potentially hazardous ingredients – this is what we call our Never List. Comparatively, the US has only banned 30 ingredients in personal care products, Canada has banned 600 and the EU has banned 1400. Why the discrepancy?
 

Some ingredients we will NEVER use:

  • Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, proply- and others): a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies. Specially, parabens mimic estrogen; they can lock onto our cell’s own estrogen receptors and mess with important natural signals. They may play a role in triggering breast cancer. Found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, and foundation.
  • Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others): a class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable or to make fragrances stick to skin. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause birth defects. Found in: synthetic fragrance, nail polish, hairspray.
  • BHA and BHT: synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors, and may cause liver damage. Found in: lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, and other cosmetics.
  • Formaldehyde – used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.

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My Tuesday night “me time” routine

Having an extremely busy eight month old has proven way more draining for me than a newborn. These last couple months have been a battle of wills. They are learning so, so much every single day and my child is easily frustrated. Couple that with fighting sleep and I am in dire need of some quality alone time. This brings me to my Tuesday night routine. I have started being way more regimented with bed time lately because he was starting to stay up until all hours and, while I loved the cuddles – it was a little bit much.

Recently, I have been watching the new show on NBC called This Is Us. It is so great and I think everyone should check it out – a very raw and real show that is extremely heart-felt and relatable. So, I decided to carve that time out for me! While I am watching my show, I ensure I get in some of my other favourite self-care activities into the mix.

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Firstly, I grab my favourite hot beverage, or… wine. Usually ends up being a latte, or a cacao elixir. I also get a snack of some sort, typically Theo Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups or something salty like Hard Bite Chips. I also could eat avocado toast with feta cheese for every meal so sometimes it looks a lot like that. Another thing that helps me to relax is to diffuse some DoTerra essential oils. My favourite diffusion is the serenity blend for relaxation – a nice subtle and lavender smell really helps to mellow me out!

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And last but not least! I do my Beautycounter charcoal routine – cleanse my face with the charcoal bar and then sit and watch the show with the purifying mask! Super relaxing and a nice little routine to take care of myself!

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What are some of your self-care routines!?