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Savory Taco Pancakes

Below is an actual text I sent to my partner and son, but first some context: I practice Intermittent Fasting every day, so breakfast doesn't get served until noon or later daily - thus it's not really referred to as breakfast. We usually refer to it as "first meal" and sometimes brunch. My kid and partner can't really handle the late first meal on the weekends, but they deal surprisingly well. While I was making first meal today, my son was snacking on leftover cold pizza from yesterday and my partner was chugging a blueberry protein shake. So what does this have to do with the above referenced text? Well when they grew tired of waiting on me to finish putting together this dish, they decided to run down to our closest music store and grab some new guitar strings. Almost immediately after their departure, I had completed today's first meal and let me tell you I feel like a completed a masterpiece. So here's the text I sent in a group message as the van was disappearing around the corner: "I did it and it's beautiful. Might be the most beautiful brunch I've ever made." I was surprised when I received no reply text because just look at this shit.



Now this may look super complicated but it's totally not. If the opportunity presents itself to make the lentils ahead of time, take it. I actually made these taco lentils a few days before for workweek lunches (taco salads) and I totes recommend it. But also, if you don't have time prep them before, it's not that big of deal because you can do all kinds of other shit for the 15 minutes they're in the instant pot.

I've listed the ingredients and loose instructions for preparing everything below in the order that I prepared them. I did not include the recipe for the Quick Pickled Onions from No-Meat Athlete cuz I don't have permission to do so but a quick google search will show you lots of similar recipes. If you find a recipe that intrigues you, I'd recommend putting it together first thing in the morning or the night before.

If you're planning on hosting a brunch, or you wanna do something nice for yourself, make some time for this dish. It took me 45 minutes from start to first bite.

Instant Pot Taco Lentils

2 c dry lentils
4 c vegetable broth
1 tbsp taco seasoning
  1. Combine all your shit in your instant pot. Run it on manual for 15 minutes. Quick release the pressure and stir it up. Boom! It's ready.

Savory Pancakes

1/2 c chickpea flour
1/2 scoop of unflavored protein powder
1 c non-dairy milk
1 tbsp ground flax seed
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp salt
  1. Preheat your oven to warm or about 200. Also preheat your fave non-stick skillet/pan/whatever you wanna call it to a low-medium heat.
  2. Mix together all ingredients until just combined.
  3. Use a 1/4 c scoop to drop your batter in your skillet. At this point you're probably wondering why this first pancake sucks or if you're just doomed to never make a gorgeous pancake - turn the heat down. I think my range was between 3-4 heat wise.
  4. Once you get that first messed up pancake out of the way, let the rest of the cakes cook one at a time for a bout 3 minutes on each side and store those suckers in your warm oven until your cheese sauce is ready. 

Cheese Sauce

1 c non-dairy milk
6 tbsp nooch
1 tbsp arrowroot flour
2 tsp mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
  1. Mix all this shit together and warm in a sauce pan. Keep your eye on it because if you heat it for too long it'll get super thiccccck. If that happens don't panic; just add a touch of water a little at a time until it's the right amount of thick for you. 
Ok, let's put this together. You should have 6 pancakes. I layered my 6 pancakes as such: pancake, lentils, cilantro, pancake, lentils, cilan... you get it. Once the last pancake was on top kept going with lentils and cilantro, but I drowned it in the cheese sauce and topped everything off with No-Meat Athlete's Quick Pickled Onions, avocado, hot sauce (obviously), more cilantro, and pico de gallo, but really anything you'd put in a taco would be so very bomb.


Other similar dishes you might like:
Brussels Sprout Waffles with Creamy Mustard Sauce

ICYMI, the last recipe I shared with you was also brunch. Probs because the winter weather is rude AF when it comes to giving me good lighting for food photography and I hate artificial lighting in food pics. Don't worry y'all I got real problems too. I know this is a ridiculous reason to be complaining right now. 

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All the love,
Amber

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