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Feb 26, 2014 by LAUREN GLUCINA
Taco Recipe Will Have You Rethinking What A Taco Is

Now that my dad has gone mostly plant based for health reasons, he occasionally feels like he misses meat. So I decided to make this for him for dinner, and let me tell you, it rocks. It’s tacos, but minus the meat, and minus the shell. Sound a bit weird? Trust me it works. Here’s how it’s done and why it’s awesome...

Swap The Ground Beef For Walnuts

Who would have thought you can make walnuts taste like ground beef? Well you most definitely can. Which brings me to this simple recipe -- it literally takes a minute to make and is a super yummy plant based alternative. Best yet, its base is the clever walnut -- a fabulous source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and the essential omega-3 fatty acids. These omega-3’s keep bad cholesterol levels in check whilst raising the good cholesterol in the body. Plus girls, they’re also an excellent source of biotin -- for super strong hair. Yes Please! By lightly processing them with sun dried tomatoes, and spices, they turn into a ridiculously tasty dish.

Swap The Corn Taco Shells For Lettuce

Genius idea! Yes you can create a raw, dehydrated corn taco shell, but the humble lettuce leaf is far more light and summer-friendly. Plus, just a cup of leafy greens (such as cos/romaine lettuce) a day, is enough to give you all the Vitamin K you need for healthy bones. I’ll take that.

Swap The Dairy Sour Cream For Cashew Sour Cream

This tastes just like the real thing. That is all.

Tacos For Long Life
Serves 4

The Meat
2 cups walnuts (preferably soaked then dehydrated)
1/4 cup oil-free sun dried tomatoes, soaked till soft (about 30 mins)
2 tablespoons of nama shoyu (or a soy-alternative Coconut Aminos)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon onion powder
A pinch of cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • Chop up the tomatoes, then whizz everything in a food processer till the walnuts are crumbly and resemble mince
  • Be careful not to over-whizz or you’ll get walnut butter!

The Salsa

2 large roma tomatoes, diced
3/4cup pineapple, diced
1/2 cup coriander (Cilantro), chopped
1 tablespoon of red onion, diced fine
1 fresh lime
Flaky sea salt & cracked black pepper to season

  • Combine everything in a bowl
  • Squeeze the lime juice over the top
  • Season with salt and freshly cracked pepper

The Sour cream
This is a standard, basic recipe, but it works a treat

1/2 cup soaked cashews
Juice of half a lemon
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
(use a little extra lemon if you can’t find this)
5 tablespoons of water
1 pinch of flaky sea salt

  • Blend everything till nice and creamy.

The Extras

10 cos lettuce leaves
1 avocado, sliced
Chopped coriander
Lime wedges

The Assembly

  • Use your lettuce leaves as taco shells
  • Spoon a few tablespoons or more of walnut mix into the centre
  • Spoon some salsa over the top
  • Top with sliced avocado
  • Drizzle with sour cream
  • Decorate with coriander leaves
  • Devour!


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