This tasty walnut meat crumble is also known as "magic" meat. It's a delicious and healthy whole food, plant-based vegan substitute for ground beef. It's also gluten-free, soy-free, and perfect for meal prep.
This vegan meat crumble can also be used in Southwestern inspired meals. By adding ground cumin and chili powder, you can use this walnut meat to make "Magic" Meat and Bean Tostadas, or Vegan Black Bean Tacos.
While there are several variations, the base of this vegan meat is made with these six ingredients.
What you need to make this walnut meat:
- Mushrooms (cremini, baby bella or white button)
- Raw walnuts
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Coconut aminos
How to Prepare
Preheat your oven to 350°F (or 177°C).
Pulse walnuts in a food processor and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Roughly chop mushrooms and add them to the food processor. Pulse the mushrooms and add to the same mixing bowl.
Finally, roughly chop cauliflower and add them to the food processor. Pulse the cauliflower and scrape down the sides, if necessary. Add processed cauliflower to the mixing bowl.
Add garlic powder, onion powder and coconut aminos to the mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
Evenly spread the walnut meat mixture onto a parchment-lined or silicone mat baking sheet.
Place in the 350°F (or 177°C) oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. About 15 to 20 minutes into baking, use a closed spatula to carefully turn or stir the mixture, and continue baking for the remainder of the time.
Remove from oven, stir and let sit for 5 minutes before using.
This recipe makes 4 cups of cooked walnut meat crumbles.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many processed vegan meats are made with pea protein, oils and other ingredients difficult to pronounce. The saturated fat content can be high and nutrient-density is often very low. This vegan meat recipe is made with whole plant foods: cauliflower, mushrooms, and walnuts.
The healthfulness of vegan or plant-based meat depends on the ingredients. This vegan meat recipe is healthy because its made with whole plant foods. The processed, store-bought kind is often made with ingredients with low nutrient-density, but high calorie-density. So, if health is a concern to you, it's best to make your own plant-based meat at home.
Leftovers of this vegan "magic" meat can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.
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