|Vegan/Paleo Cauliflower Walnut Taco Meat|
If you've been following my blog and/or Instagram account for a while, you know that I consume high-quality, humanely sourced animal proteins, and they are a steady part of our diet. However, I do continue to work towards the notion of "Condi-meat" in our household—where meat is treated more like a side item or condiment, and the majority of the plate is filled with plant foods. I think it is important for the long-term sustainability of our planet to do so, and this is a way that I can contribute to future generations (source 1, source 2).
As a result, I am always looking for creative and delicious plant-based dishes that satisfy both myself and my husband (the real test) the way that animal proteins do. THIS Cauliflower Walnut Taco Meat does that so successfully, that my husband actually ate an entire bowl thinking he was noshing ground turkey!
I packed this taco "meat" full of umami with roasted walnuts, meaty mushrooms and cheesy nutritional yeast. I'm also not shy on seasoning; it may look like a lot, but I think it perfectly replicates the signature taco flavor I know and love. It's really important not to over-pulse the mixture, or it will turn into a paste. You just want everything to incorporate.
I have adored this "meat" in several different ways! It's wonderful in taco salad form, in both hard shell and soft corn tacos, and I've also made cheesy quesadillas with it. Oh, and I occasionally much on it straight from the fridge; it's THAT good!
How many of you guys are vegan/eat mostly plant-based? What are your go-to meals that truly satisfy you? Please tag me on Instagram if you give this dish a try! @lauraleabalanced #llbalanced.