Ahhh meatloaf and no I’m not talking about the rock star; however I do like some of his music I even had this song playing in my head as started thinking about how to create a yummy vegan meatless loaf I think some of the lyrics go on to say “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that” . Well I won’t have meat in my meatloaf but I was craving comfort food again today and meatloaf was one of those dishes I grew up with that I loved.I don’t miss meat but I’m always thinking of how to recreate those comfort foods.
I got into the kitchen and got my creative juices to flowing . I don’t think I have ever had so much fun trying to create food before The great advantage of creating vegan dishes like a meatloaf is that you can actually test it out as you go along. You can’t really do that with dishes that start with raw meat. EWWW , unless you happen to like tartar , and again I say EWWW !
Those little hamsters were reeling and I was excitedly going through my pantry pulling out beans, spices, and grains. I started out a little apprehensive but once I got going there was no stopping me .I was on a roll or you could say loaf
My meatless meatloaf goes something like this:
1 small beet cooked( I used canned beets)
1 150 oz. can of pinto beans
1 1/2 cups chickpeas
1 stalk of celery
3/4 cup chopped carrot
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup rolled oats
1 Tbsp Vital Wheat Gluten
2 Tbsp Braggs liquid amino (or soy sauce)
1 Tbsp onion powder (not salt)
1 Tbsp garlic powder(not salt)
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Chia egg (1 Tbsp ground chia seed+1/4 cup water)
Organic ketchup for topping
salt & pepper to taste
1. Pre-heat oven to 375
2. Saute onion, celery and carrots until tender
3. Take drained beans and beets + all spices,Braggs and olive oil and mash
4. Add in rolled oats, Vital Wheat Gluten and chia egg and blend
5. Place in a greased loaf pan and bake for 35 minutes
The end result was quite delish if I do say so myself. Who says vegans don’t have options when it comes to high protein meals? This meatloaf has lots of protein from the beans and has loads of nutrition from all the other veggies + the rolled oats :D I think the next time it could use a little more moisture I would probably add a touch more olive oil,but otherwise the texture and taste were great!
Serve this baby with your favorite vegan sides like mashed potatoes or anything your heart desires and enjoy
It’s been a long day and I haven’t even done my run for the day so off I go
Next week I am dedicating my whole blog to things I’m thankful for . Thanksgiving week is one of my favorite times of the year It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside
What are you thankful for this season ?
I hope you realize you are beautiful and you have tons of potential on the inside of you ! Never give up on you