An easy vegan meat recipe. Walnuts add texture and fat. Use this just about anywhere you would use ground beef. The Taco seasonings below are relatively mild, and really doesn't limit this recipe for just taco filling.
Course: Main dish
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: lentils, walnut
Servings: 22 cup portions
Author: Trish | The In Fine Balance Food Blog
2large carrots, shredded
1 small onion finely diced
1tablespoonolive or avocado oil
Taco seasonings (optional)
1teaspoonchipotle chili powder
In a large skilet over medium heat, toast walnuts until just fragrant. Transfer walnuts to a food processor.
In same skillet, heat oil on medium heat, add onions, and saute 3-5 minutes until they begin to soften. Add carrots and saute another 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a food processor.
Add salt (and taco seasonings, if using) and pulse a couple of times to break up walnuts. Add lentils and pulse again, a couple of times. Divide into 2 equal portions. Will keep frozen for several months.
You may find that this vegan ground meat substitute absorbs more liquid (from the lentils) than regular ground meat when using it to make tacos, etc.... just keep an eye on it while cooking and add more liquid as necessary to keep it from sticking. The calorie count and nutritional information below is based on half of the recipe -- not a serving for one person. This recipe is designed to make a ground meat substitute that you can use in other recipes.Store in 2 cup containers in the freezer for up to 3 months. Makes two 2 cup portions.