Food for Life – Walnut Burger Mix & Taco filling

Submitted by Anna Schultz

Recipe – Walnut Burger Mix

4 1/2 cups water

1 cup walnuts

2 cups bulgur* wheat

1/2 cup dried onion flakes

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Blend 2 cups of the water and the walnuts in blender until thoroughly blended and no nut pieces remain. Then add to the remaining water, along with bulgur and seasonings, in a pan and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Empty out onto nonstick cookie sheets in thin layers and bake at 200 degrees for 4 hours, stirring once each hour, or bake overnight at 150 degrees without stirring. Store in airtight container and freeze. Makes about 8 cups of walnut burger.

*A nutritious staple in the Middle East, bulgur wheat consists of wheat kernels that have been steamed, dried and crushed. It is often confused with but is not exactly the same as cracked wheat. Bulgur (also called birghil, bulgar, burghal, burghul, and bulghur) has a tender, chewy texture and comes in coarse, medium and fine grinds.

Recipe – Walnut Burger Taco Filling

4 green onions, chopped

2 small green peppers, chopped 

3 garlic cloves, chopped 

8 cherry tomatoes, halved (or small, ripe tomatoes diced) 

2 cups walnut burger mix

1 8-oz can tomato sauce

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

Sauté onions, peppers and garlic in 2 Tablespoons of oil until soft. Add remaining ingredients and simmer together for 15 minutes or until tender. More liquid may be needed to rehydrate the burger mix. May add other seasonings as desired. Serve taco filling on heated taco shells. Makes about 8–10 tacos.

“Nature has been abused, her efforts crippled by wrong habits and indulgence in sinful luxuries, until taste and appetite are alike perverted. It is unnatural to have a craving for flesh-meats. It was not thus in the beginning. The appetite for meat has been made and educated by man. Our Creator has furnished us, in vegetables, grain, and fruits, all the elements of nutrition necessary to health and strength. Flesh-meats composed no part of the food of Adam and Eve before their fall. If fruits, vegetables and grains are not sufficient to meet the wants of man, then the Creator made a mistake in providing for Adam.” Signs of the Times, January 6, 1876.