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Monday, December 5, 2016

Vegetarian "Meat" Loaf

My husband is amazed that there is no meat in this vegetarian version of "meat" loaf.

   I made this mushroom vegetarian "meat" loaf a while back and my husband loved it. I loved that he was eating a meatless dinner. My previous version was so delicious but contained a lot of mushrooms which are costly. The 2 pounds of mushrooms cost me $8.00 so I wanted to see if I could substitute lentils for half of the mushrooms to bring the cost of this "meat" loaf down. I am happy to say that the lentils worked and this loaf still tasted like the real thing. I think the secret to this meatless meatloaf tasting so good is the spices and the ketchup. The mushrooms and other ingredients give this loaf the texture of ground beef. So if you are looking for a vegetarian option for meatloaf, you need to make this.

Vegetarian  "Meat" Loaf
                Makes 6-8 servings         
                               4 slices wheat bread, torn into small pieces
                               3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing
                               1 yellow onion, finely chopped
                               1 pounds mushrooms, finely chopped
                            1 1/2 cups cooked lentils
                               1 cup ketchup
                               1 tablespoon minced sage
                               1 tablespoon minced thyme
                               1 tablespoon minced oregano
                               2 garlic cloves, minced
                               1 cup walnuts, coarsely ground in a food processor
                               ½ cup instant oats
                               ½ cup bread crumbs
                               2 tablespoons kosher salt
                               2 tablespoons lemon juice
                               ½ tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
                               2 eggs, lightly beaten


1. Preheat the oven to 375ยบ.
2. In a large fry pan heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until lightly caramelized, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cooked lentils and cook, stirring often, until any liquid released has evaporated and the mushrooms are lightly caramelized, 10 to 12 minutes.
3. Add 1/2 cup of the ketchup with the sage, thyme, oregano and garlic, and cook, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pot until the garlic and herbs are fragrant about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the bread, walnuts, oats and bread crumbs. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool slightly.
4. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the salt, lemon juice, pepper, lemon zest and eggs until well incorporated. Press the mixture into a greased 9-by-5-inch loaf pan and smooth the top. Brush with the remaining ketchup.
5. Bake the "meat" loaf for 1 hour, then place on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes before slicing and serving


  1. Wow, you would have no idea that it was vegetarian! It sounds so healthy as well! I think even my one year old could get in on this

  2. Very cool! My family has thought about going meatless for awhile. We will have to try this it looks good!

  3. This looks fantastic! I really love alll of your recipes and the face that they're vegan. This is something I definitely need to try

  4. A veggie that looks like meat will probably be a kids favorite.

  5. I would love to try this for meatless monday. I love mushrooms and lentils and have used them for veggie burgers but never a "meat" loaf.

  6. I've never tried making a veggie meat loaf before! It looks great and it's worth a try! I love gathering recipes like this!

  7. What a great veggie meatloaf for meatless monday. It is great that your hubby liked it so much as well.

  8. How delicious! I want to try it really soon!

  9. Looks delicious. I'm going to try this for sure but can't tell the family lol if they found out it had no meat they may not want to eat it. Will let them know after ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Looks so yummy and healthy loaf. Thank you for sharing us your great recipe. I will add on my list.

  11. I love meatloaf! I haven't had it in such a long time. I need to give yours a try. I bet it tastes great!

  12. I have never heard of vegetarian meatloaf. This looks really delicious!

  13. I'm not a huge fan of meatloaf but this vegetarian meat loaf looks good. I bet it tastes yummy!

  14. My husband LOVES meat loaf. I wonder if he'd be okay with the vegetarian variety too?!

  15. That's nice that you made this loaf. I bet it would be a big hit here too.

  16. From the picture, I would have never thought that it was mushroom used to make this. It really has the appearance of meat.

  17. This looks like such a healthy meatloaf. I would to make this and see if my husband will realize it's meat free!

  18. This looks really good! I love using mushrooms as a substitute for meat, but have never used lentils before!

  19. Although I am not a vegetarian I really like the sound of this

  20. Omg your meatloaf looks so yummy!!! Definitely need to give your recipe a try!!!

  21. I wish i can serve this to my fsmily but my husband and daughter loves to see their meat. I love to share thisnwith my frends tho, it looks amazing

  22. Without reading the post I would have thought this meat loaf had meat in it. Such a lovely idea to share vegetarian version of meatloaf

  23. It looks delicious! I hope it's easy to make because if i make this one i would love this a lot i swear.

  24. It looks great! Hard to tell it is vegetarian. I bet it tastes yummy too! Thanks for sharing.


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