Friday, June 30, 2017

Vegan Picadillo Using Cauliflower Walnut Meat

My son-in-law let me taste the picadillo he made the other night. He used ground beef for the meat. I decided to make my own using vegan meat I had been wanting to try to make, Cauliflower Walnut Taco Meat, from the wonderful website Pinch of Yum.  And so I did.

I used two cups of the vegan meat for the Vegan Picadillo and it really flavored the dish.  You do not have to add any other seasonings.  It added the zing to the dish.  The picadillo is pretty satisfying with rice but it certainly can be used for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, stuffing for peppers and empanada and for a sandwich.

Cauliflower Walnut Taco Meat

Vegan Picadillo

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 12 oz mixed vegetables, steamed in the microwave
  • 1 large potato, baked in the microwave, cubed
  • 2 cups cauliflower walnut meat (recipe below)
Heat the oil in a saute pan.  Add the onion and tomato and saute till the onions are cooked.  Add the tomato sauce, mixed vegetables, potato and cauliflower walnut meat to the pan and heat through with stirring.  Serve with rice or as a filling for a sandwich or tacos or burritos etc.

Cauliflower Walnut Taco Meat

Makes about 5 cups

From the website Pinch of Yum
  • cauliflower florets from 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 pieces chipotle from can
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place all the ingredients in a large food processor. If you have a medium sized one, do it in two batches. Pulse till the ingredients are blended and the mixture is mealy in texture. Transfer the mixture into a sprayed pan and spread the mixture.  Bake for 30 minutes and stir half way.  

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