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Prep 25 mins
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From the Thrive Kitchen launch, held at vegan chef Matthew Kenney's culinary school and restaurant M.A.K.E. in Santa Monica, California. Thrive Kitchen is a spin off of Vega's "Thrive Forward" website and part of their "Vegucation Series", which is a free educational resource for those wanting to lose weight, regulate their diet, and/or learn more about plant based living, exercise, sustainable food sources, and more. The recipe was adapted from Kitchen Cures by Peggy Kotsopoulos. Enjoy!
For the filling
- 2 cups walnuts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
For the taco seasoning
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
For the sauce
- 1⁄2 cup raw macadamia nuts (or raw cashew nuts)
- 1⁄2-1 chipotle pepper packed in adobo sauce
- 2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from a jar of chipotle peppers)
- 1⁄4 cup water
For the taco shells
- 1 head bibb lettuce, leaves separated (OR corn tortilla-Sprouted grain or gluten-free organic recommended)
- 1 avocado, peeled, pitted
- red onion, finely diced
- tomatoes, diced
- sunflower sprouts (or sprouts of your choice)
- red cabbage, shredded
- cilantro leaf
- Make the taco seasoning:.
- Stir all ingredients together well in a small bowl. Store in a tightly sealed jar.
- Make the taco filling:.
- Soak the walnuts in water for about an hour. Drain thoroughly.
- Process soaked walnuts to the texture of cooked ground beef/turkey.
- With the processor running, pour in the olive oil. Scrape into a serving bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning*.
- Make the sauce:.
- Blend all sauce ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Scrape into a serving bowl. (Start with half a chipotle pepper, taste, and add more to increase spicy heat to your preference).
- To Serve:.
- Spoon some of the walnut mix into a lettuce leaf.
- Spoon some of the sauce over the walnuts and top with toppings of your choice.
- Note: You will not need all the taco seasoning for one recipe. Reserve extra seasoning for future use.