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Cauliflower and Walnut Ground ‘Meat’ [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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This is a 100 percent plant-based vegan meat substitute that you can use as taco meat, pizza topping, in Bolognese sauce, in lasagna, and many more recipes. If you are looking for a great mince meat alternative that doesn't rely on vital wheat gluten or soy crumbles, then this tasty cauliflower and walnut mixture is perfect. Because it's vegan, it's also cholesterol free – this is the ultimate in healthy cooking that tastes amazing!

Cauliflower and Walnut Ground 'Meat' [Vegan, Gluten-Free]



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  • 1 medium sized cauliflower, chopped into large chunks including the core
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 5 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon tamari (soy sauce or Braggs amino also work fine)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt or to your taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper or to your taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes


  1. To get started with this recipe you will need either a food processor or good chopping knife and board. You will also need a mixing spoon and a lined baking tray. (Click here to see video tutorial).
  2. Put all the ingredients into the food processor and pulse to a coarse blend (or chop finely by hand).
  3. Turn your oven on to  350°F to preheat, then get your lined baking tray and spread the mixture evenly over the tray.
  4. Pop the mixture in the oven for 30 minutes, then take it out and stir the mixture before baking again for 15 minutes. Take it out and check again. In my case it needed a further 10 minutes before the crumble was cooked through and the mixture was dry enough. You can cook this much quicker if you spread the mixture over a couple of trays rather than just one. Adjust according to your oven settings and quantity being made.
  5. Once cooked, you can now store this crumble in the fridge ready to make pasta sauces, lasagne, taco meat, pizza toppings, and much more! So easy and so yummy!





Anja Cass is a popular vegan cook with a passion for creating healthy plant-based recipes that taste amazing! Having lost over 50 pounds, beating early onset heart disease and having more energy than when she was 20, she is motivated to share her new lifestyle on her food blog Cooking With Plants with you.



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Sandra Bayes
9 Months Ago

Amazing! Had it for the first time last night in a mushroom gravy over mashed potatoes and found it to be one of the most comforting dishes I\'ve had since becoming Whole Food Plant Based 4 months ago! Thank you!

3 Years Ago

Delicious! Thank you for this great, simple and very versatile recipe!

Cara O\'Sullivan
3 Years Ago

Would this freeze well? I love this web site. It\'s been so helpful for me in transitioning to veganism.

Carol A.
10 Jun 2015

The animals would give a soulful "THANKS" to you for transitioning to veganism! Stay strong!

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