When the weather heats up, I tend to crave more and more plant-based recipes. And ever since Beyonc¨¦ adopted a vegan diet, I could not wait to get my hands on her favorite dishes. In the forward of The 22-Day Revolution ($28) by Beyonc¨¦’s chef Marco Borges, Bey not only explains how she was able to sustain this big shift in her diet but also specifically calls out this recipe: “I couldn’t believe how much of our health we can control with food. And that I could still love food but this time it would love me back (like the walnut tacos you’ll find in here, oh my!).” With the Beyonc¨¦ seal of approval, I decided to try them out for myself ¡ª and I’m so glad I did. I’ve played around with a number of vegan taco meat iterations, but this walnut-based version is a clear winner.
Beyond their spiced, smoky, and surprisingly meaty flavor, the combination of walnuts and avocado makes this a Mexican-inspired dish packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that have also recently been linked to burning away belly fat. I enjoyed two tacos for a complete meal, but if you’re concerned about keeping calorie counts in check, grab one taco and enjoy a salad on the side.
8 large romaine leaves2 cups walnuts1 tablespoon cumin1 tablespoon coriander2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar1 tablespoon coconut aminosDash of paprikaDash of garlic powderDash of black pepper
To garnish:2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and sliced1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved1/2 tablespoon parsley flakesPinch of black pepperPinch of sea saltJuice of 1 lime