Plant-based meat alternatives, such as walnut meat from Glenda’s Farmhouse, can be healthier and more sustainable than the products from animals they aim to replace. See how easy it is to swap walnut meat into your favorite dishes!
About Glenda’s Farmhouse
Glenda’s Farmhouse is a brand of Andersen & Sons Shelling. Since 1904, the Andersen family has been farming walnuts, prunes, and cattle in Vina, California. We have merged with Western Nut Company and are expanding into new brands and other tree nut products.
Do Walnuts Make a Tasty Meat?
Absolutely! We’re accustomed to seeing walnuts in bread, cookies, and trail mix, but now walnuts have become the “meat” in dishes that would ordinarily feature ground beef, such as hamburger patties, tacos, meatballs, and lasagna.
California walnuts are exceptionally versatile and will fool carnivores and vegetarians alike.
Raw walnut meat has a nice crumbly texture and is full of flavor. Easily customize it by changing up the herbs and spices to suit your family’s tastes. The walnut meat base can go in any direction you desire. Here are some suggestions to get you started
For American flavor: Add 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 3/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme, salt and pepper to taste, and 2 teaspoons of water to a mixture of 2 cups ground walnuts and 2 cups ground mushrooms or cooked lentils.
For Mexican flavor: Add 2 tablespoons cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder (or cayenne) to a mixture of 2 cups ground walnuts and 2 cups ground mushrooms or cooked lentils.
For Italian flavor: Add 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon onion powder to a mixture of 2 cups ground walnuts and 2 cups ground mushrooms or cooked lentils.
For Indian flavor: Add 2 teaspoons coriander, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon cumin (or garam masala), 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or onion powder) to a mixture of 2 cups ground walnuts and 2 cups ground mushrooms or cooked lentils.
Health Benefits of Walnuts
Improve Heart Health: Based on research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), fresh raw walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help keep your heart, lungs, blood vessels, and immune system working the way they should.
Enhance Bone Health: Walnuts, much like cashews and almonds, also contain trace amounts of calcium, magnesium, copper, vitamin D12, Vitamin B6, phosphorous, and folate, all of which are essential in maintaining optimal bone health.
Boost Brain Health: Walnuts are the ultimate brain food. They have a high concentration of DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid, which can help improve memory and focus. These nuts are also known to relieve stress and may help prevent age-related cognitive decline.
Control Diabetes: Walnuts are considered “diabetic-friendly” because they are very low in carbohydrates and have less effect on blood sugars than other foods. Eaten in moderation, the protein, fat, and fiber in walnuts may help limit the spike in blood sugars that often occurs after eating.
Reduce Inflammation: The polyphenols and phytochemicals in walnuts can help lower inflammation in the body. This has beneficial implications for many chronic diseases.
When you are looking for a delicious meat substitute, try the walnut meat from Glenda’s Farmhouse. We guarantee you will enjoy every bite you take. Get in touch with us at 530.839.2236 orreach out to us using our online contact form.
Did you know?
Our Walnut Crumbles are nutritious and sustainable for your body and your wallet plus the environment!
2,500+ acres of Glenda’s land is pollinator and bee-friendly. 🐝💖