Walnut Meat Tacos
By Sarah Axtell, ND • March 20, 2020
Not every meal needs to contain meat. I do think “happy meat” (grass-fed, organic) can be included as part of a healthy diet. Eating sustainably-raised, “happy meat” is not likely harmful and can be beneficial by stabilizing blood sugar, increasing HDL (or good cholesterol), decreasing appetite, and increasing lean body mass. BUT eating a lot of meat is not great for our planet and in excess can contribute to sluggish digestion (especially if you are low in stomach acid). Eat meat as a side dish or as a condiment, not as your main meal. Your plate should be at least 1/2 full of vegetables. And aim to eat plant-based sources of protein (legumes if you can digest them, nuts, seeds) as part of your meals as well.
These Walnut Meat Tacos are a good alternative to ground beef. Walnuts are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, meaning they are heart-healthy and good for your brain. If you need more convincing on why you should be eating walnuts everyday, see this post.
And this recipe is so simple to make. Taco Tuesday could not be easier (and healthier)!
Walnut Meat Tacos
- 1.5 cups walnuts
- 2 tsps smoked paprika
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 garlic glove
- 1 TBSP tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
- Add ingredients to food processor and process until walnut mixture is kind of “meaty.” If you want to keep the mixture raw, then you are finished. Otherwise, you can toast the walnut mixture in the oven at 350F for 12-15 minutes.
Ideas for serving:
- Spoon a few tablespoons of the walnut mixture in Siete grain-free tortillas.
- Or forget the tortilla, and make a taco salad!
- Serve with this Creamy Purple Cabbage Slaw
- Top with diced avocado, guacamole, or this Plant-Based Cilantro Dip from Aldi (SO good!)
Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.