Spicy Buffalo Lentil and Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

Buffalo Lentil and Roasted Dill Cauliflower Tacos | Veggie and the Beast

I’m in the midst of a serious lentil fling. I don’t even know if I can call it a “fling” since it seems that I might be in it for the long haul. It’s getting pretty serious.

You wouldn’t know it from reading this blog, but I’ve been eating a LOT of lentils lately. Red, green, black, brown…all of ‘em. They’re so versatile, healthy, and PACKED with protein. Since the cookbook I’m working on is focused on high protein vegetarian foods, you can bet I’ve had lentils every which way over the past several months.

Buffalo Lentil and Roasted Dill Cauliflower Tacos | Veggie and the Beast

I even went through a phase where I was trying to make red lentil peanut butter cups happen. I know, I know…stop trying to make fetch happen, Katie. It’s not going to happen.

Except, let’s be honest, it might eventually. Sorry not sorry.

Buffalo Lentil and Roasted Dill Cauliflower Tacos | Veggie and the Beast

Today though, we’re going to be putting lentils in totally appropriate places, like in tacos! With garlic, shallots, spicy buffalo sauce, and nutty roasted dill cauliflower.

We’re also going to cover dem tacos with a creamy basil and kale sauce, because basil is delicious (and Ryan is a basil farmer, REPRESENT), and kale is good for you.

Buffalo Lentil and Roasted Dill Cauliflower Tacos | Veggie and the Beast

I’ve combined buffalo sauce and cauliflower a few times before (see examples A and B), but this time I separated the cauliflower from the sauce. In these tacos the lentils absorb the spicy sauce, and sit alongside cauliflower that’s been salted, peppered, tossed with dried dill, and roasted until nicely browned and nutty. The flavorful basil and kale sauce adds a bit of brightness, and cuts the heat of the buffalo lentils. Flavor for days in these here tacos, folks.

Buffalo Lentil and Roasted Dill Cauliflower Tacos | Veggie and the Beast

I bought an all natural buffalo sauce from Whole Foods, and oh me oh my is it spicy. If you’re using a more mild buffalo sauce, but you like a ton of heat, you may add a little bit of ground cayenne to the lentils as they’re absorbing the buffalo sauce.

If you want your tacos to be vegan, just make sure your buffalo sauce is vegan (Franks Red Hot IS vegan), and then top with some cashew sour cream instead of the basil yogurt sauce.
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Thai Almond Noodle Bowl + a Cookbook Giveaway!

Thai Almond Noodle Bowl + Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway | Veggie and the Beast

Words can’t even really express how excited I am about this post. I remember the first time I visited Angela Liddon’s beautiful, bountiful blog Oh She Glows – the photography, inventive recipes, and honest writing hooked me immediately. Angela has a unique way of making vegan food approachable and inviting to people of all diets, including the most enthusiastic carnivores (I should know – I live with one!).

Thai Almond Noodle Bowl + Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway | Veggie and the Beast

When Angela’s publishing company offered to send me a copy of her newly-published book, and asked me to give a copy away on my blog, it took everything in me to keep my professionalism and not write back “YES!!! OMG!!!” When the book arrived in the mail, I sat in bed and flipped through each colorful, drool-worthy page. Every couple minutes I’d yell at Ryan in the other room, “Ry, I want to make ALL THE THINGS…Ry, you HAVE to come see this…Ry, do you think Whole Foods is open at 11pm?”

Thai Almond Noodle Bowl + Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway | Veggie and the Beast

To give you an idea of the tastiness within this book, these are the top recipes I can hardly wait to create:

  • Quick & Easy Chana Masala
  • Crowd-Pleasing Tex Mex Casserole
  • Soul-Soothing African Peanut Stew
  • Creamy Vegetable Curry

Today, however, I’m going to share with you the very first recipe I made from the book: Empowered Noodle Bowl. Angela gives two sauce options in the book: Thai peanut and orange miso. In the recipe Angela lists peanut or almond butter in the ingredients. I only had almond butter on hand, and I was intrigued by the idea of Thai almond sauce, so I knew which one I had to try.

Thai Almond Noodle Bowl + Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway | Veggie and the Beast

The carrots, red bell pepper, edamame, and fresh cilantro give the bowl a mix of colors and textures. It’s bursting with flavor even before the sauce comes into play, but I could eat that rich almond butter sauce on everything, everyday. The toasted sesame oil and almond butter give the sauce a rich base, while the lime and tamari (aka gluten-free soy sauce) add some zing.

Thai Almond Noodle Bowl + Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway | Veggie and the Beast

I’ll be giving away one copy of The Oh She Glows Cookbook to one of you very lucky people! To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post before 5:00pm CST on Monday, April 7th.

**The contest is now closed. Thank you for commenting!**
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