Sun of a Beach

August 11th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Dinner Time

A little beach trip with some friends was in order for today, so we threw lunch in a bag this morning and off we went.

Beach Today

Lunch for mom? Leftovers.

Veggie Chili Leftovers

Plus a Jocalat Larabar.

Jocalat Larabar

And some Newman’s Own Organics Honey Wheat pretzels from our goodie box for sharing.

Snack and Share

While practically all the Newman’s Own Organics loot we were sent to try has been fabulous, I have to say these weren’t that great. Not BAD, but just – weird. Maxine spit hers out and a seagull ate it.  The seagull had no complaints.

Lots of beach play after lunch.

rock pile

Max picked out rocks to throw in the water.


Except she doesn’t like to throw dirty rocks. She requested that I rinse this one off so she could throw it.

Dirty Rock

Oh the simple things.

clean rock

Whatever it takes kid.

and throw

Post-beach time fun, we made our way homes and I soon found myself digging through the cupboard for dinner fixings.  I scrounged up a half a bag of brown lentils and decided it was lentil tacos for dinner tonight.

lentil tacos

Lentil Tacos

1+ Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, diced
8 oz lentils (I used brown tonight but red are fine too) rinsed and drained
8 oz frozen corn (optional)
1 cup water/veggie broth
1 – 2 tbsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
salt to taste

Saute garlic and onions until soft. Add lentils, corn, water/broth and spices. (Spices are approx, add more or less to taste.) Cover and simmer on medium-low for about a half hour – until lentils are soft.  (Red lentils cook faster).  And more water and/or broth as needed.  Stir occasionally.

I decided to make a taco salad with my serving of lentil taco goodness – but of course this is a perfect meat-free filling for tortillas to make actual tacos with.

Taco Salad

Served on a bed of green leaf lettuce, 1/4 diced avocado, 1/2 diced tomato and a glop of salsa too.

Taco Salad Close Up

I would have thrown a dallop of plain greek yogurt on there – but I was out.  <insert title of this post for family friendly, out-of-greek-yogurt profanity ideas if desired.>

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24 Responses

  • Christina says:

    newman organics are sending me some stuff- hope they dont send me those pretzels! haha. how do you feel about the jocalat line? i find it just okay. i prefer regular larabars. and with the breakfast cookie- okay good im glad i shouldnt be able to hold it in my hand like a cookie- that means i made it correctly haha it was really good! and maybe you are right- maybe they will one day take the place of overnight oats in my heart haha. im excited to try different combos!

  • Jane/you-know-who says:

    My favorite pics in this post:
    The look on Maxine’s face when you’re offering her the freshly washed rock is priceless.
    The rear shot of Ava throwing her rock into the lake has the perfect capture of a “girl wrist” throw.
    Your camera & photography skills simply rock.

    Keep up the good work, I’m loving this

  • Lizzy says:

    yumm dinner looked amazing! :)

  • Which beach is that? I’m jealous! It was a beautiful day!

  • I love that Max insisted you wash the rock before she threw it in the water. Totally something my toddler would do… 😉

  • The tacos look great, as does the beach. Nice pics…

  • WholeBodyLove says:

    I love the title of this post…. I’ve always wanted to try lentil tacos but I’m afraid I won’t like them and will end up wasting a whole lotta lentils

  • Tay says:

    Beans beans the magical fruit…

    Lentil tacos are so creative! Fun beach day!!

  • janetha says:

    i am in LOVE with all the beautiful photography going on here. especially that first shot. stunning. lentil tacos sound fantastic and fiber-rific. beans do rule, no argument there. good night!!

  • Angharad says:

    Hello! I’m trying to back-read your last several days and woman, you write a lot! Looks like you’ve had some fabulous eats. That lentil taco salad looks like the shizzle! And I am always in wonderment at how your fruit looks so much more fresh than any fruit I have ever seen!

    Congrats on kicking that 5K’s butt by the way! Way to go!

  • peanutbutterprerogative says:

    oh how i long for the days when throwing rocks was all it took to make me happy! and that lentil salad looks delish! i love that you use frozen corn…so easy!

  • Jennifer says:

    What a fun day! I bet that water was cold.

    Your salad looks delicious. I had avocado last night, too, but mine was too ripe. The pieces in your salad look so good like I could just reach in to your picture and steal a piece. :)

  • jessinNYC says:

    Priceless that she asked you to rinse of the rock. Looks like you had a great day at the beach!

  • I’ve just discovered your blog and have been having a great time poking around. The lentil taco filling sounds delicious! I’m new to lentils but I was pleasantly surprised the first time I tossed them in something. The beach looks like a fabulous time and your girls are darling! :)

  • OMG alison, i am so far behind. it wasn’t until i finally got back on that i realized how much i needed some alison in me life. love those lil’ punkins at the beach – too cute!

    all your eats are always amazing. seriously. and YES for a dehydrator! hopefully you can find some new ways to use it after the fruit thang (i think i prefer my fruit fresh as well) – if i think of anything, i will pass it on.

    much love lady!

  • Whit says:

    The girls look like they are having a blast on the beach! Too cute!

    Lentils=love. Lentil tacos=something I have never tried. Must try that.

  • A says:

    Great idea making lentil tacos!! I have some red lentils in my pantry and was trying to think of something creative to do with them!! YOU ROCK! Alison to the rescue!!! Also, I love Ava’s hair cut. You did a really good job on that! Such a cute little bob!

  • AZLinda says:

    Hey there! What fun, I love the beach!

    You did such a great job on Ava’s hair, love it, adorable!!!

    Those taco’s look TDF!