There are a few things I miss since giving up meat. One is BBQ pulled pork. Then I found a great recipe for BBQ pulled squash. I miss Buffalo wings. Then I learned how to make Cauliflower Buffalo wings. Sometimes I miss meatballs but I found a recipe I am planning to make soon called Beanballs. And now I found an incredibly versatile Vegan recipe for ground beef/meat. I found it on a great blog called The Green Forks.
However, as much as I miss meat at times, there is one thing I know for sure- I am not a big fan of “fake” meat. I have used fake deli meat and field roast. Those aren’t too bad. But I do not like some of those mass produced products like fake chikin’ nuggets and soy ribs.. Some things should just be left alone. I do like soy crumbles and have used them in a handful of recipes but I think I have found something better.
I call it “Wal-Flower” meat. Ground walnuts and cauliflower. Easy enough to pulse in the food processor, then just add whatever spices you want depending on your dish.
In my case I was making tacos for Chad and I. I used chili powder and paprika to spice the “meat” up. I was surprised at the consistency and I as pleased with the flavor.
It was super simple to make and even easier to eat! As the wal-flower mixture was baking, I was chopping up some tomatoes and arugula. We opted to go cheese-free as well so I made a very easy Vegan sour cream. After soaking some cashews in boiling water for about 30 minutes, I added some apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and salt with the cashews in a food processor. And the sour cream alone can be used for a number of things.
Chad is really trying to avoid cheese- I am having a harder time giving that up but I am working on it. This Vegan sour cream made it easier to not miss the cheese on these tacos.
Perhaps even better than making oliy meat was the fact that this wal-flower meat was 100% baked with very little oil so it wasn’t even greasy.
I’m just saying…….as I venture further into the no meat thing I am truly not missing meat as I find better substitutes. Well now with this wal-flower meat, ground beef is truly a thing of the past for me. This stuff was great. We used the leftovers the next night to add to a veggie stir fry and I would certainly make it to add to chili.
And it was easier, healthier, tastier and more humane than slaughtering a cow. Just saying……