Sunday, July 16, 2017

Vegan Filipino Menudo Using Cauliflower Walnut Meat

Menudo is one of the top four dishes that Filipinos love to eat.  They eat it for lunch, dinner with rice or for snacks on bread.  We cook it with ground pork or beef or cubed pork. I have also posted a plant based menudo recipe before using garbanzo beans as the protein source. In this recipe I used cauliflower walnut meat I discovered in the Pinch of Yum website.  I have used it before for the vegan picadillo I featured in this blog and I really liked the result. For the picadillo,  I used frozen mixed vegetables to add to the meat and tomato sauce.  This time for this new version of vegan menudo, I added instead the usual vegetables Filipinos use in menudo like cubed potatoes, roasted pimentos, green peas and raisins. I also added chickpeas to be sure you guys would have all the protein you need.  As for the sauce, I used catsup. The cauliflower walnut meat is pretty seasoned you do not need to add any other spices.   It was delicious and easy to prepare! You would not miss the ground meat.  I ate it with rice and in between white bread.

Vegan Filipino Menudo Using Cauliflower Walnut Meat

  • 2 tsps oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup catsup
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1-14 oz can green peas, drained
  • 1/2 cup roasted pimento from a jar, chopped
  • 1 large potato, baked and cubed
  • 1-14 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups cauliflower walnut meat (see recipe below)
Heat the oil in a saute pan. Saute the onion and garlic in heated oil till the onion is cooked. Add the rest of the ingredients until they are blended and heated through.

Serve with rice or as filling between two pieces of bread or bun.  

Cauliflower Walnut Meat

Makes about 5 cups

From the website Pinch of Yum

  • cauliflower florets from 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 pieces chipotle from can (about 4 tbsp chopped)
  • 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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