Raw-vegan “Cheesy” Tacos

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I wanted to make a raw-vegan dish for lunch today, and because I was craving Mexican food, I decided to make walnut crumbles with carne-asada seasoning.  I used Romaine lettuce (as shown) and red cabbage for “taco shells” and both worked and tasted great (sorry I didn’t take pictures of the red-cabbage tacos).  I also tried to replicate the Wayfare “cheese” for our “cheese sauce”.  And, after playing around with all the ingredients for the taco “meat” and “cheese sauce” for an hour, I finally got it right.

I made 2 batches of the walnut crumbles because I made a lot of “cheese sauce” AND so we can also we can pig out on them again tomorrow.  :)

Ingredients for taco “meat”:

  • 2 cups of walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • a handful of cilantro

Directions:  throw all ingredients into the food processor and “pulse” for about a minute (until it looks like “crumbles”).

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Lots of vitamins, minerals, and protein. It even has lots of B12!

Ingredients for cashew “cheese”:

  • 1.25 cups of cashews
  • 1.50 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons of sesame seeds
  • 1 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 5 tablespoons of pimento
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Directions:  throw all ingredients in your high-powered blender and blend for about a minute (until it is smooth like nacho cheese).

Taco shell and topping:

  • Romaine lettuce, red cabbage, or stemmed collard greens (for taco shells)
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Chopped red onions
  • Sliced avocado

After you are finished making the taco “meat” and “cheese sauce”, prepare your toppings and build your tacos.

IMG_7520Enjoy!

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