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Veggie Tacos with Walnut Meat


I think I mentioned a while back that I was trying to eat 90% vegan these days. I don't want to wear any food label, but my goal is to eat a plant based whole foods diet (without it being complicated). I actually haven't eaten meat in a couple of weeks and I feel just fine. I do want to make sure I'm getting plenty of protein though! I made these veggie tacos for Sam and me on monday night. No styled shoot, just cookin' dinner and snapped some photos in hopes that you may want to try this!

I am very happy to report that Sam cleaned his plate (pats back). This recipe can be made ahead of time because there are a few steps but I did manage to pull it off in one swoop. I also made a terrific mess because I don't know how to clean as I go. Click below to get the step by step:



Veggie Tacos with Walnut Meat
serves 2-4

You will need:
- bib lettuce for "shells"
- cilantro
- flat leaf parsley
- one lemon
- a red pepper
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- olive oil
- red pepper flakes
- taco seasoning (we like this recipe)
- head of cauliflower
- avocado
- cherry tomatoes or salsa or both 
- salt and pepper

Begin by preheating the oven to 400. Chop cauliflower and put on a baking sheet with evoo and s and p. Bake until golden brown (about 15-20 min).

While the cauliflower was cooking I made the walnut meat which is based on this recipe, I just tweaked it a little bit.

Walnut Meat:

Take one cup of walnuts
1 T evoo
a sprinkle of taco seasoning 
a splash of coconut aminos 

Place all ingredients and pulse in a food processor or vitamix. If using a vitamix, I placed seasoning in blender and dropped in walnuts slowly from the top. Do not over blend.

Place in a bowl. I then whipped up a chimichurri sauce (my fave!) based on this recipe.

Chimichurri Sauce:

1 shallot
3 cloves garlic
bunch of cilantro
bunch of parsley
s and p
glub glub glub of evoo (precise, right?)
juice of half a lemon
red pepper flakes

Started by chopping the shallot and garlic in vitamix, then added oil and spices. Added herbs last and blitzed until smooth. 

Cauliflower Rice:

one head of cauliflower
s and p
evoo

Remove cauliflower from oven and let cool. Drop in cauliflower from top of blender and pulse until you get a "rice like" texture. You can also do this in a food processor.

Now you have everything you need to build the tacos. I used lots of raw, fresh veggies and two each was plenty filling. Tons of flavor! Hope you like them!twitter/ facebook/ pinterest/ instagram/ bloglovin'

5 comments :

  1. That chimmichurri sauce sounds so good! We do a similar taco filling with lentils instead of walnuts and even Brian loves it - now I kind of want to try lentil/walnut combo. yum!

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    1. oh she glows had the same idea! http://ohsheglows.com/2014/06/17/ultimate-green-taco-wraps-with-lentil-walnut-taco-meat-vegan-gluten-free/

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  2. Yum, I've never tried it with the cauliflower, great idea!!

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  3. Looks delish and super healthy!

    -Hannah

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  4. I've made the my new roots tacos back when I was eating this way. They weren't bad!

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