This Paleo Vegan “Meaty” Taco Skillet is a quick, easy, one-pot dinner your whole family will love! Perfect for #meatfreemonday!
Usually when I make vegan food, I get a lot of puzzled looks.
Look… I’m not someone who is known as a pinnacle of health.
Or a passionate animal lover.
Don’t get me wrong- it’s not like I don’t love animals (because… who doesn’t look at a cow and see an adorable face you just want to smush? Or a baby piggy and think… man… WHY do you have to be so tasty?? Chickens— not so much. I hate birds and am totally ok with eating them, but I digress) – I just won’t ever be someone who eats meat-free most of the time.
But I am trying to eat healthier and lighten things up – and often go vegan for my church’s fasting periods (I am Orthodox Christian- we fast from meat during Advent and Lent). When we are eating meat-free, I try to keep our meals focused on fresh, healthy, whole foods- and I try to skip soy, gluten, and unprocessed foods.
This can get a little tricky – since we still crave a meaty flavor, and still want all the protein packed from meat.
This taco skillet is a perfect middle ground! It is delicious and has a hearty beef-like taste – and is basically just vegetables (plus some nuts for an extra protein pack and a little bit more of a toothy bite.)
This is an easy, quick, one-pot meal that our family loves. You can eat it as-is, over a salad, in tacos, or in burritos!
It even looks meaty, doesn’t it?
Paleo Vegan Meaty Taco Skillet
- 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
- 1 bell pepper any color, diced
- 1 eggplant skin on, diced
- 1 zucchini diced
- 1/2 cup walnuts diced very fine
- 8 oz diced tomatoes with green chilis
- 2 tbsp taco seasoning
- 1/4 cup water
In a large pan, heat grapeseed oil until shimmery.
Add bell pepper, and cook on medium high heat until slightly browned- about 4 minutes.
Add eggplant and zucchini, cook until reduced by half- about 10 minutes.
Add walnuts, diced tomatoes, stir well and stir in taco seasoning with water.
Stir well to mix and be sure seasoning evenly coats mixture.
Let water cook off - about 10 minutes.