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Eating one plant-based meal a day is good for you and good for the planet

Posted at 1:18 PM, Apr 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-28 15:18:18-04

If you eat one plant-based meal a day it's good for you and for the planet.

EATS Park City, which stands for Eat Awesome Things, is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering and growing healthy communities with fun, food, and nutrition advocacy.

They offer cooking and gardening classes as well.

Annalise Bianco, Education Coordinator at EATS, joined us with a meatless taco recipe. It uses walnuts as the base and you don't need to cook it.

2/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (preferably packaged dry, not in oil)
3 cups raw walnuts
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1/2 tsp sea salt (plus more to taste)
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp coconut sugar (omit if avoiding sugar, or sub a little stevia)
1-2 small habanero peppers (deseeded and chopped; more or less to spice preference // or sub 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, plus more to taste)
1-2 tsp nutritional yeast (optional)
~1/4 cup water as needed (plus more as needed)
For Serving and Garnish
Tortillas (corn, if gluten free)
Add sun-dried tomatoes to a small bowl and cover with warm water. Set aside and allow to soak for at least 5 minutes.
To the bowl of a food processor, add walnuts and pulse into a semi-fine meal (some larger chunks are okay. Be careful not to churn into a butter). Transfer walnuts to a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
Drain the sun-dried tomatoes (reserving the water in a small bowl to add back to the sauce later on) and add to the bowl of the food processor. Add garlic, sea salt, smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, coconut sugar, habaneros, and nutritional yeast (optional) and blend until a smooth paste is formed. Add 1 Tbsp of reserved water at a time until a thick but pourable sauce is formed.
Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more salt for saltiness, garlic for more "zing," peppers for heat, cumin for smokiness, or coconut sugar to balance the heat.
Add mixture to walnuts and stir to combine. At this point, you can taste and adjust flavors as needed once more.
Enjoy in any setting one would use taco meat: tacos, salad, nachos, burritos, and more. Leftovers can be stored up to 5-7 days in the refrigerator or up to 1 month in the freezer.

You can learn more about EATS and find more yummy recipes by visiting