Culinary Inspiration

Denisse here from I’m so happy to be working with California Walnuts again to help inspire you to create more meatless meals at home!

As a private chef and food blogger, I always encourage my clients and readers to incorporate as many plant-forward recipes into their home cooking as possible. The health and nutritional benefits are vast, and it’s a great way to make a positive environmental impact on an individual level.

Today I’m showing you how easy it is to include California walnuts in your meatless dishes with three fall-inspired recipes.

Sweet Potato Walnut Falafel Bowls

My favorite thing about these colorful Falafel Bowls (besides the yummy maple tahini sauce) is how versatile they are! The satisfying sweet potato and walnut-based falafels anchor the meal, but feel free to add any grains and vegetables you like or have on hand to create your own custom bowl. The falafels also freeze and reheat easily, making this a great meal option to prep in advance for those busy days.

Walnut & Mushroom Ragu

This Walnut & Mushroom Ragu is so hearty and satisfying, but doesn’t leave you with a heavy feeling afterward. California walnuts and crimini mushrooms form the meatless base of this Italian-inspired sauce. Try serving it over tagliatelle, spaghetti, or even zucchini noodles for a low-carb option. You can even use it as the sauce in a vegetarian lasagna! When serving with pasta, seasoned toasted breadcrumbs and fresh basil make wonderful toppings.

Lentil & Walnut ‘Meatballs’ with Coconut Curry Sauce

Who knew lentils and walnuts could combine to make such delicious vegetarian ‘meatballs’? This Lentil & Walnut ‘Meatballs’ with Coconut Curry Sauce recipe is a great weeknight option that can be served over brown rice or quinoa and paired with your favorite vegetable for a well-rounded meal. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the coconut curry sauce comes together—under five minutes! Hopefully these recipes show how delicious plant-based cooking with California walnuts can be. Check out all of our recipes for even more inspiration on how to use walnuts in your meatless meals!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by California Walnut Commission. Although, all opinions are my own.

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