Meatless Crumbles ~ Soy Free and Gluten Free

Meatless Crumbles - Soy Free and Gluten Free

When first cooking a more plant-based diet, finding replacements for meat can be hard. Ground beef was the most tricky for me. For some meals, lentils work just fine, but there are some recipes where I just wanted something different.

I'm not a big fan of the meatless crumbles I find in the store, so I was bound and determined to find something that would work. After a lot of searching, I actually stumbled upon a recipe in a cookbook I already had. With a couple adjustments, I now have a Meatless Crumbles recipe that I can use all the time.


It Can Be Meatless and Taste Good


In our house, I am the one who is the most plant-based. I don't really have the desire to eat meat or chicken much anymore, so cooking without it isn't a big deal for me. My husband on the other hand, though he does love his veggies, will ask for some kind of meat dish every once and awhile. So, when I found this recipe, I decided to try it out on him for the first time on pizza. He was actually really surprised when I told him it wasn't meat.




The Making Of The Meatless Crumble


As I stated earlier, I stumbled across this recipe in a cookbook that I had already sitting on my shelf. I had looked online just about everywhere and never really found a recipe that I thought would actually work.

I found Chef Chloe Coscarelli's recipe for Sausage Crumble in Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen and tried it just as it was the first time. It worked out perfectly for the sausage pizza, but I wanted to adapt it a little so it could fit a more gluten-free diet and be used beyond Italian dishes.



With just a little tweaking of ingredients, I think I have come up with the perfect crumble.


Meatless Crumbles - Vegan and Soy Free

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 3 Tablespoons Gluten-Free Flour Blend
  • 1 Tsp Basil
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 TBSP Maple Syrup
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 3 TBSP Olive Oil for frying

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. First, place walnuts in food processor and process until crumbly. Add mushrooms, flour, seasonings, and maple syrup. Pulse for just a little bit until mushrooms are finely chopped. Do not overprocess. If you do, you will have a mushy mess.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mushroom mixture and let cook. Stir frequently and add more oil if needed. The mixture will stick together, so stirring will help break up the clumps and create the ‘crumbles’ you are looking for.
  3. Once the mixture is brown, add any seasoning you may want. This is step is optional. I only add extra seasonings if I’m going to use it as taco meat or in an Italian dish that I want to have more flavor.
  4. Stir a few more times to incorporate the seasonings, then set aside until ready to use.
Below is the video I put together on How to Make Meatless Crumbles


Be on the lookout for my next recipe "Healthy 7 Layer Dip", where you'll see these crumbles in action.


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Comments

  1. I won't lie - "meatless" always kind of gives me the heebie jeebies... However, NOT THIS meatless situation because I KNOW ALL OF THESE INGREDIENTS!!

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  2. So creative!! This would be awesome in pasta too!!!

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  3. Love the idea of putting this on a pizza! Yum!

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  4. Thanks Kayla. It was really good.

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  5. Yes Abbey! It's great in anything you would put ground beef in. Love it!

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  6. It sounds so good for mixing and layering on top of dishes!

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  7. That pizza really does look like meat! I bet it's delicious with all those walnuts and mushrooms!

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  8. I need to try this, because your girl over here bought the meatless crumbles in the package at the store..and it was DISGUSTING. This looks like a much better alternative!

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  9. while i don't typically go meatless, these actually sound really good and i think my husband would like them as well. thanks for sharing!

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  10. Love this! I have not tried anything like this before, but it looks & sounds delicious!!!

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  11. I definitely would never do soy-based meatless crumbles, so this sounds good! Sounds promising.

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  12. I know. I don't like them either. These are so simple to make. Let me know if you try them out.

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  13. Thanks Angela. They are really easy to make and taste great. Let me know if you end up trying them.

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  14. Oh let me know what you think. My hubby is a meat eater too so he wasn't too sure about these, but really liked them once they were done.

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  15. Ha ha. Yea Sarah, they can be nasty. There's one brand that isn't too bad, but when it's this easy to make them - I choose this way. Let me know if you try them. Would love to know how they turn out for you.

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  16. Thanks. It really is quite delicious!

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  17. Yes! We have had it in a layered dip, tacos and spaghetti so far. We are hooked on this recipe for sure.

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  18. Thanks GiGi. I figure if you can make a smoothie out of chicken, you can try this. LOL!

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  19. What a delicious meatless alternative! I need to try these tasty crumbles!

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  20. This sounds so good! I made a meatless corned beef loaf a few years ago using walnuts and was even shocked myself that it wasn't real meat! I have to try this at some point because so many of the store-bought meatless crumbles aren't gluten free. Thank you!

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  21. These sound really good! I imagine it would be good to top salads with these bad boys.

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  22. Oh my yes. These things are awesome on just about anything.

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  23. Thanks Becki. If you try it out - let me know what you think afterwards!

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