NEVER cook something you used to love, expecting it to taste like it used to. Just don’t, because you’ll be disappointed – I’ve been disappointed a lot! When you cut out the sugar, oil, processed flours & ingredients, of course the flavor will change. There’s just no getting around it.
|Note – This photo contains onions, garlic, potatoes & taquito seasonings|
In trying to find a meat substitute, we played with jackfruit for a while, trying to come up with some pulled pork options with little success. We had jackfruit tacos at a restaurant & we loved them (but I’m pretty sure they still used sugar & oil), but we couldn’t replicate them – no matter how many variations on a theme we tried. My point is, things just don’t work, or turn out the same.
That said, I was super dubious about trying some different recipes for fake meat using cauliflower, mushrooms & walnuts. Let me be clear – this doesn’t taste like meat. Even with seasonings, it doesn’t taste like meat. It does however, have a great texture, & a very mild flavor that carries flavors VERY well (perfect for mexican dishes). We’ve used it for tacos, power bowls, & taquitos (all different flavor profiles) & we’ve been very pleased with it. My teenagers will eat it – need I say more? Super simple, & you can adjust your seasonings as needed for your dish.
1 small head of cauliflower – trimmed & broken into 1-2 inch pieces
1 cup walnuts
4-6 large shiitake mushrooms – cut into 1 inch pieces (+/-)
Using a food processor, one ingredient at a time, process into a coarse crumb, sized to your preference – between a corn kernel, & a rice kernel.
Mix in bowl.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of soy sauce or liquid aminos & mix thoroughly.
Heat panggangan to 350*, & spread mixture into a shallow baking pan.
Bake for 30 minutes. Stirring once at 20 minutes.
Season as desired.
Source Recipe: http://triedandtruefavoriterecipes.blogspot.com