Ahhh, I’m so happy we discovered this meat sub! We switched to a plant based lifestyle a few months ago (see the history here and here and here ) and have since been doing a lot of experimenting with new ingredients, flavors and recipes. It has been pretty easy to transition to whole foods plant based, but we do kind of miss some of the flavors we used to experience with meat.
Flavors like taco meat, hamburger meat, chorizo are definitely missing in our lives right now. I can’t say that we are craving burgers or steaks, but just the flavors.
I happened to notice that I had an (old) bag of pecans in the fridge. On a whim, I Pinterested “pecan meat recipe” and found a great recipe for Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Hummusapien (OMG, so clever, right??!?!?). And, if you are following us on Instagram, then you know, I’m obsessed with sweet potato toast, so this fit in perfectly, as I already had some sp toast sliced up!
The Hummusapien recipe got me searching for some more easy “meat” recipes that we could make. But, as I started searching, I was like… I can basically take a couple cans of chickpeas and a 1/2 cup of pecans, add any spices that I want and it will taste like the spices. Annnnnnnd…. now you know how I cook all the time 🙂
In my search, I’ve found these great looking recipes as well! See below for recipes and cred to the creators! They all just use regular canned chickpeas and a few other ingredients, all just combined in the food processor. I mean, you can’t beat that!
Chickpea Taco Meat from ThePancakePrincess. This one calls for chickpea flour, but I’d just use the canned chickpeas instead, to give it more of a ground beef feel.
Walnut-Mushroom-Chickpea Burgers from TheMostlyHealthy. Totally just blend with suggested spices or your own faves and form into patties. EASY.
Chickpea and Walnut Chorizo from OhMyVeggies. There are a ton of spices in this one to get the chorizo flavor, and it asks for dried chickpeas and then soak them…. ummmm just use the can and rinse them 🙂
Chickpea Meatloaf from ConnoisseurusVeg. Again – blend it all and put it in a loaf pan. I’d prob skip the “glaze” and just add some low sugar bbq sauce, but you do you!
The images included in this post are from the cited recipe sources.
Let us know if you give any of these a try!! I have extra chickpeas on hand so we can experiment in the next couple of weeks!