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Lentil Guacamole

Flavorful guacamole with added protein makes this a perfect snack
Prep Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup cooked pink lentils
  • ½ cup cilantro, minced
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • ½ jalapeno, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions
 

If you need to cook the lentils:

  • Rinse ½ cup red lentils.
  • Add lentils and 1 ½ cups of water to a medium pot, keeping in mind the lentils will at least double in volume. Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until the lentils are fully cooked. For red lentils, this is usually about 7 minutes. Drain lentils when fully cooked.
  • Mix, or mash with a potato masher, until the lentils are slightly broken apart and a bit mushy. This will help them combine into the guacamole.

Baked Tortilla Chips

  • Preheat the oven to 375°
  • Take as many corn tortillas as you'd like and cut them into triangles or strips. I can usually fit 6 tortillas per baking tray, but depending on the size of your trays and tortillas you might be able to fit more or less.
  • Place a baking rack in a baking tray, if you have one. If not, skip this step.
  • Arrange the cut tortillas on the rack, or directly on the tray, so that they are not overlapping.
  • Place tray in the preheated oven.
  • These chips will take 20 min or less to bake, but start checking them after 10-15 minutes. Depending on how hot your oven runs, your chips could take a slightly different amount of time. You don't want to burn the chips and they burn fast!
  • To test the chips try breaking one in half. If it snaps, it's done. If there is any sort of bending, stick it back in the oven.
  • Optional: sprinkle with salt or seasoning, such as Tajin or the Chile Lime Seasoning from Trader Joe's.

Guacamole

  • Mince the onion, cilantro and garlic.
  • Add the onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, and cooked lentils to a medium bowl. Mix thoroughly, helping the lentils break down.
  • Add the avocado and mash together until you have the consistency of guacamole that you prefer.
  • Mix in ½ diced jalapeno (or more or less depending on how spicy you like things)
  • Mix in 1 tsp kosher salt, to taste.
  • Start dipping!
Keyword avocado, dip, gluten free, lentils, vegan