With a little bit of preparation and thinking ahead, you can assemble these awesome tacos in no time! Whole walnuts serve as the base for these tacos. There’s a tiny bit of preparation involved in this recipe, but the assembly is easy! We already know that nuts contain vital nutrients such as protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats, but you might not know that soaking them is a great way to increase their digestibility for your kids’ little tummies! This recipe is so delicious that once the spices are on it, even the biggest meat eater in your family won’t know the difference!


Nutty Plant-Based Taco Night
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Advanced Prep Work: Overnight walnut soaking
Recipe type: Dinner
Phase: 3
Serves: 8 tacos
  • Old El Paso vegetarian re-fried beans
  • As many avocados as you desire
  • Your choice of organic salsa
  • Fresh red onion
  • Organic green bell peppers
  • Butter romaine lettuce or any leafy green you desire
  • Organic grape tomatoes
  • Corn tortillas or no tortillas for a taco salad
  • ½ to 1lb. of fresh walnuts (soaked overnight in water and drained)
  1. Once your walnuts are soaked and ready to go, drain them in a strainer and put them in your food processor or blender. Blend them up to get that taco meat consistency you desire. Don't over-blend.
  2. Put your blended walnut meat into the skillet on medium heat and add your homemade taco seasoning (featured below). Cook for about 5-7 minutes until warm.
  3. While your "meat" is cooking, dice up your veggies and sort them in several different bowls to create a taco bar-type feeling for you and your guests.
  4. Place your taco ingredients into a corn tortilla or make a salad out of it! Enjoy!
Lean Green DAD Taco Seasoning:

¼ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. white pepper
1 tbsp. chili powder
¼ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper powder*
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes*
*May not suitable for kids. HOT STUFF!

Phase 2 - If you are missing cheese, try substituting your normal cheddar for Daiya Cheddar shreds for this dish. Sprinkle over top and you’ve got yourself a yummy addition!

Phase 1 - If you are still transitioning from eating meat, or allergic to nuts and are looking for a substitute to take its place, try the Gardein Meatless Crumbles in place of the crushed walnuts. Season them up just like you would your meat and you will never know the difference (but your body will)! You don’t have to follow the directions and cook them with olive oil. Water or veggie broth is an excellent substitute and will save you a ton of calories!
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Cory Warren

Cory Warren is a husband, father of three, and vegan athlete who helps busy families eat more plant-based foods! His blog, Lean Green DAD, helps over-scheduled, busy people (mostly parents) maintain a healthy balance of plant-based nutrition, fitness, and overall wellness so they can go the extra mile for their families.
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