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Monday, December 5, 2016

Marvelous Mushroom 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. You can also make this delicious "meat" loaf vegan and plant-based by using an egg substitute like flax seeds or chia seeds.


Looks like real meat and has the taste and texture too!



Vegetarian  "Meat" Loaf
                Makes 6-8 servings         
                                         Ingredients
                               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 or 2 Chia Eggs-see note

      Note- 1 tablespoons chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water = 1 egg 


       DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 375º.
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



36 comments:

A Cold Cup of Chloe said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Amy Jones said...

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

Sarah Bailey said...

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

Unknown said...

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.

Elizabeth O. said...

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!

Ana De-Jesus said...

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

AiringMyLaundry said...

Oo yum. I'd give this a taste!

Unknown said...

How delicious! I want to try it really soon!

With open Eyes to see said...

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 😉

karlyn cruz said...

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

Unknown said...

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!

Krystle Cook said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Kecia | From Mom's Desk said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

Yona Williams said...

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

Katy {AShadeOfTeal} said...

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

Echo aka The Mad Mommy said...

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

Candace said...

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

CourtneyLynne said...

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

MaryJane Tauyan said...

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

Anosa said...

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

Dana Vento said...

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

Coralie said...

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

CJ said...

Vegetarian Meat loaf normally doesn't appeal to me, but this looks absolutely delicious. I would definitely be open to giving this a try! :)

goldenpot said...

Vegetarian Meat Loaf looks so delicious... A unique recipe, thanks for sharing.

Calvin F. said...

Looks like the real thing, healthy too!

Anonymous said...

It really looks like meat loaf. Surprising it tastes like it. Rosanne

Wu Guifeng [吳癸凤] said...

love veggy.... nyummy

polly said...

Meatloaf is not one of my favorites to have.

sarh s said...

I'm not a fan of meatloaf or meatless things that are supposed to be meat. I'm sure this is exciting for some others though.

Unknown said...

This sounds so good. It even looks like it was made from meat. I will be giving this a try soon. Thank you so much for sharing

Denise Low said...

We have never ate a veggie meatloaf before. It does sound good. Thank you for sharing.

LAMusing said...

Looks good - I'd probably try it.

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