I’m in the kitchen a lot. When I’m cooking for my clients I stand over a cutting board and hot stove for at least 4 hours, and I love it! For me cooking is a creative outlet. It’s also meditative, and challenging. I also love it because, when I want to, I can multitask. For years I’ve listened to hours of podcasts while cooking. I’d catch up on everything from world news to inspiration from entrepreneurship thought leaders.
Then, I met JJ Dancer.
JJ, née Jennifer Johnson, is an amazingly talented dancer, celebrity fitness trainer, and vegan fitness wonder woman! She lives out in LA, but when a mutual friend heard she was coming to NYC, she put us in touch. I took JJ’s NYC dance fitness class, and was immediately hooked. It was unlike any workout I had ever experienced. She combines hip hop cardio dance with toning, sculpting, strengthening, fantastic music, and her ebullient personality for the most fun ass-kicking ever.
The day after that amazing class JJ came to my apartment to show me some ways I can use my time in the kitchen to “get fit and feast”. Now, instead of just standing still in the kitchen there is a new way to multitask. Imagine the compounded benefits you’ll get from doing these simple (yet effective) kitchen workouts every day. I’ve been doing them while making my simple meals, baking, and even washing the dishes. Turn on some tunes, break out the ingredients, and start twerkin’!
How fun is that?!
Does it make you want to get fit in the kitchen while making these “twerkin'” tacos with mango guacamole? Recipe right down below 🙂
If you happen to be in LA you must check out JJ’s Bangin’ Body Bootcamp at 3rd Street Dance on Sundays at 10:30. I’m really hoping we will be able to collaborate on more stuff this summer. I’ll keep you posted!
Twerkin' Lentil Tacos with Mango Guacamole
- 2 ripe avocados cubed
- 1 ½ cup ripe mango cubed
- ¼ cup red onion diced
- ½ cup cilantro chopped
- juice of 2 limes
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp grapeseed or coconut oil for sautéing (or use water)
- 2 roma tomatoes diced
- 2 cups cooked lentils
- 4 leaves of kale 4-6 cups torn into smaller pieces, or 4-6 cups baby kale
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 8-12 small tortillas warmed in the oven, stovetop, or microwave
- Place the guacamole ingredients in a mortar and mash until your desired texture is reached. I like mine with some chunks in it. Set aside.
- Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
- Add the tomatoes, and cook until they've lost their shape.
- Stir in the lentils and kale. Cook until kale is tender, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the seasonings, and season with more sea salt to taste if necessary.
- Fill each tortilla with the lentil filling, then top with mango guacamole.
Lisa / September 4, 2016 at 6:56 pm /
This is one of my go-to meals. Very satisfying and delicious.Thanks Jenne.
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / September 5, 2016 at 3:01 pm /
Thank you so much for letting me know!! I’m so glad you enjoy it 🙂
Lisa / May 2, 2016 at 10:38 pm /
Just finished having this for dinner. Can you say yummy!! My tummy is all smiles and I feel satisfied. Thanks Jenne.
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / May 3, 2016 at 8:43 pm /
Yippee!! I’m so happy to hear that 🙂 You’ll love the jerk jackfruit tacos too: https://sweetpotatosoul.com/2016/05/jerk-jackfruit-tacos.html
Amber H / July 17, 2015 at 3:55 am /
Swoon. I want to to jump into that bowl of guac! Such a great post. You and your friend are so cute. Love the exercise suggestions. Love the grind. Love it all! 🙂
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / July 17, 2015 at 3:07 pm /
Thank you so much!! I know the feeling, I always want to jump into mango guac 🙂 xo
Shelly Daniels Watson / July 7, 2015 at 3:11 pm /
those look amazing! I love the twerk while you work! Jenne’, thank you so much for making this journey and my life changes so much FUN!!! You rock, sister!
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / July 7, 2015 at 5:35 pm /
That’s right. Twerk while you werk 😉
Thank you so much Shelly!! xoxo
Emma / June 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm /
Mango + avocado=perfect. 🙂
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / June 29, 2015 at 2:27 am /
Thank you!! I totally agree.
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / June 23, 2015 at 1:28 am /