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You’ll Never Believe What Replaces Meat in This Taco Bowl

By October 11, 2016Eat, Recipes

Meatless Monday, meet Taco Tuesday. 

Taco bowls are fun to make because you can add whatever you want. This recipe is what I put in my own taco bowl, but you can add or take away anything you like! The options are endless. Add cheese or take away the guac; add corn salsa or take away the fajitas; add black beans or take away the pico de gallo. Get creative with it! 

Time: 30 minute prep, 10 minutes to assemble your bowl, 40 minutes total  

When to eat it: When you’re totally craving Chipotle, but your wallet isn’t – and (of course) Taco Tuesday 

Sh*t You Need:

For the walnut “taco meat”:
1 cup walnuts, soaked overnight 
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ tablespoon tamari
½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar

For the guac:
3 avocados 
1 white onion 
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp salsa verde (optional) 
1/2 tsp cayenne (optional) 
1 lime
Salt/pepper to taste 
2 Roma tomatoes 

For the pico de gallo:
4 Roma tomatoes 
1/2 cup cilantro
White onion 

For the fajita veggies: 
Green bell pepper 
Red bell pepper
Yellow onion 
Pinch of cayenne 
1 tsp chipotle powder

The Recipe: 

1. Place all the ingredients for the walnut taco meat in a food processor and pulse until the walnuts are crumbly like ground meat and the ingredients are well mixed. Do not over process the walnuts - they will get mushy and you'll end up with spicy walnut butter. 

2. Time to work on the guac. Smash the avocados with the back of a fork. Dice the onion and tomatoes and mix them into the smashed avocado. Add the lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic, and (if desired) salsa verde and cayenne.

3. Set the guac aside and start the pico de gallo. Dice the Roma tomatoes, onion, and cilantro. Combine and squeeze juice from half of a lime. Add salt to taste.

4. For the fajita veggies, slice the onion and peppers in strips about the width of your finger. Then, sauté them in a skillet with salt, pepper, a pinch of cayenne, chipotle powder, and olive oil.

5. To assemble your taco bowl, chop lettuce, spinach, kale, or spring mix and add the taco "meat," guac, pico de gallo, and fajita veggies. Top with extra lime and cilantro. Enjoy! 

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