If you’re looking for a gluten-free meat substitute, you will find plenty of products in the freezer aisle of the grocery store, but wouldn’t you rather choose a natural, unprocessed food to serve as a meat alternative? Walnuts offer a superior option, all-natural, gluten-free, vegan, and healthy. Glenda’s Farmhouse provides a convenient way for families to incorporate this superfood into their daily menus.
A retail branch of Andersen & Sons Shelling, named in honor of the family matriarch, Glenda’s Farmhouse produces and distributes wholesome food products for customers all over the world. We are the sixth largest producer of walnuts in California, and California is, by far, the producer of 99% of all walnuts in the United States. Our product menu includes all of the following:
- Sea salt flakes, Sriracha Flavored Sea Salt, and Applewood Smoked Sea Salt
- Walnut crumbles in Savory, Mexican-Inspired, and Asian-Inspired flavors
- Almond flour
- Cocoa almond butter
Glenda’s Farmhouse has a dedication to quality products, environmentally sustainable practices, and customer safety. Our facilities are completely free of peanuts so that none of our products are inadvertently contaminated.
Gluten-Free, Vegan Meat Alternative Made from Walnuts
The choice to follow a vegan diet, even a few days per month, can have a substantial effect on overall health. Weight, BMI, blood sugars, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and cognition all benefit from following a healthier way of eating.
Gluten intolerance isn’t an uncommon condition. Many people are discovering that they feel far better when they steer clear of the gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye. Whether you have Celiac Disease, non-Celiac gluten sensitivity, or a wheat allergy, gluten intolerance can lead to many health problems.
Walnut Meat Alternative Recipe
From taco meat to meatloaf and beyond, walnuts are great for a variety of meat-less meals. Here’s a prime example:
Meatless Walnut Meatballs
Prep Time: 15 minutes; Cook Time: 15 minutes; Total Time: 30 minutes
Makes 8 meatballs.
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- ¼ cup onion, chopped into fine pieces
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 TBSP tomato paste
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped
- ¼ cup brown rice, cooked
- ¼ cup red peppers, chopped and roasted
- ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- 1 TBSP Italian seasoning
- 2 TBSP parsley, chopped
- 1 egg, beaten
- Walnut pesto*
- Preheat the oven to 350° and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
- In a small pan, heat the olive oil on medium heat.
- Saute the garlic and onion until fragrant.
- Add the tomato paste and cook for a couple of minutes.
- Using a food processor, combine the tomato paste mixture with the walnuts, cooked rice, roasted red peppers, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, parsley, Italian seasoning, and egg.
- Pulse until just combined.
- Use your hands to make 8 equally sized balls.
- Place the “meatballs” on the baking sheet and cook for about 12 minutes, until firm.
- Serve with walnut pesto.
- 3 cups basil leaves
- 3 TBSP minced garlic
- ⅓ cup walnuts, lightly roasted
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- ⅓ cup parmesan
- Salt and pepper
- Mix the basil leaves and garlic with a food processor.
- Add the walnuts and blend to a fine texture.
- Run the processor as you slowly drizzle in the olive oil.
- Mix to a paste texture.
- In a bowl, add the parmesan, salt, and pepper.
If you have a gluten intolerance and motivation to eat healthier, consider trying walnuts from Glenda’s Farmhouse as a prime ingredient to create your own gluten free meat substitute.