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

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'


  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!

    1. oh she glows had the same idea!

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

  3. Looks delish and super healthy!


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


i love hearing from you! check back if you have any questions 'cause i'll answer them here or click on the "notify" button below. thanks!