Veggie "Meat" Tacos

I'm sure taco recipes are virtually all over the place - pinterest, food gawker, other blogs, etc. - but some people haven't made veggie taco meat at home before and since it's so good and good for you, I figured I would share it today.

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The majority of faux or "veggie" meats in the markets are full of really strange ingredients like maltodextrin, wheat gluten, soy, flavorings and so on. As most of you know, this blog isn't about VEGAN or VEGETARIAN food as much as it is based on CLEAN, FRESH and ORGANIC healthy plant-based ingredients. I try to avoid using those  packaged foods including fake cheese and meats. Just because something is dairy, gluten or soy free doesn't mean it's healthy for you. 

So today I'm offering a homemade faux meat recipe, made using walnuts, that is really tasty, easy and healthy - without any weird ingredients.

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GROUND TACO "MEAT" RECIPE

2 cups raw walnuts

1/4 cup tamari {gluten-free soy sauce}

1.5 tsp olive oil

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp paprika & crushed red pepper {optional}

Put all of these ingredients in a food processor and puls until walnuts are ground very small and all ingredients are mixed together. {See image below and above}. You can put the meat in a dehydrator for 4 hours - to get it warm and give it an interesting texture. But you do NOT have to. I have done both and I think I like it better not dehydrated. It's up to you.

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For healthy veggie tacos use sprouted corn tortillas. Layer on veggies and taco meat. Top with homemade salsa and avocado slices. Lime wedges are a fun twist as well.

Making homemade salsa is so worth it. It's fresh and really easy to make.

FRESH SALSA RECIPE

2 cups baby tomatoes, chopped

1 Tbls onion, finely chopped

1-2 Tbls chopped cilantro

1/2 lime, juice

1 Tbls rice vinegar

1/2 inch - 1 inch jalapeno, finely chopped {optional}

sea salt to taste

Add all these ingredients together in a bowl. Let sit for an hour if you have time first. 

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I chopped up a cauliflower and put it on the stove with some olive oil and tamari. I cooked it for about 5 minutes on each side. When the cauliflower is cooked all the way through I turned up the heat for about 1 minute and let the liquid dry up and the cauliflower browned. Using a spatula, I scraped up the cauliflower - it was VERY good inside these tacos. You can do this with any veggie you want.

Top with real cultured sour cream or a homemade cashew cheese. 

Enjoy!