Meatlessloaf Dinner




I've been putting this recipe off for quite awhile. The problem is meatloaf is my most favorite dish ever. But vegan meatloaf? I played with the thought that with some of the experience I've developed, I could pull it off with some resemblance of the dish I used to love so much. So I finally got up the gumption and give it a try.

So I worked out a recipe that I thought might pass the test. After cooking it up and putting a slice on my plate with vegan gravy, green beans, and mashed potatoes was the moment of truth. It was incredible. I'm in meatloaf heaven again. So that you may enjoy an old carnivore favorite without the carne, here's my vegan recipe. I'm including ingredients and instructions for a full meal with mashed potatoes and gravy (the requisite side dishes). Choose some veggies to go with the meal. I prefer spinach, collard greens, green beans, or broccoli but I've heard some people like it with corn or other items. Anyway, here goes:


Meatlessloaf
Meatlessloaf Dinner

Ingredients for the meatlessloaf:

5 or 6 ounces of croutons
1/2 level teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 level teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 level teaspoon of chili powder
1 level teaspoon of dried thyme
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 grated carrot
2 rounded teaspoons of minced garlic (or 4 whole cloves of garlic finely chopped)
1/2 finely chopped red bell pepper
3 packages of Morning Star meal starters (Grillers Recipe Crumbles)
1 1/2 teaspoons of ENER G ® Egg Replacer (egg substitute for 1 egg)
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of water


For the Glaze:

1/2 cup of catsup
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
Dash of soy sauce
Dash of your favorite hot pepper sauce
1 round tablespoon of honey
A pinch of black pepper


Easy mashed potatoes:

One bag of frozen microwavable (steamers) potatoes
3/4 cup of plain soy milk
1 rounded teaspoon of minced garlic or garlic power
2 heaping tablespoons of Earth Balance organic buttery spread


Vegan gravy (now this really does taste good!):

1 can of Wolfgang Puck's French Onion soup (no, there's no beef broth in it)
1/2 can of tomato paste
Dash of black pepper
Splash of soy sauce (optional)
Baking flour


Preparation:

First, lets get the meatloaf started cooking.

Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Crush the croutons. Mix the egg replacer with two tablespoons of warm water. Thaw the Morning Star crumbles in a microwave. Now mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Don't over kneed the mix.

Now press the meatloaf mix into a 10" bread loaf pan. On a cookie sheet, place either parchment or aluminum foil (I prefer parchment). Turn the bread pan over the cookie sheet and shake gently until the meatloaf falls out.

Place the meatloaf into the oven and set your timer for 80 minutes.

Now, let's make the glaze.

Mix all of the ingredients listed for the glaze. 15 minutes into the baking of the meatloaf, pull it out of the oven and brush the glaze onto the meatloaf. Pile any leftover glaze onto the top of the meatloaf and place the meatloaf back into the over to finish baking.

Making the mashed potatoes

Place the microwavable potatoes into the microwave and cook following the instructions on the bag. PLEASE use only the kind of potatoes, usually called "steamers," that are designed to be cooked in the bag in a microwave oven. Otherwise, boil the potatoes for approximately 1/2 hour or until they are soft.

When the potatoes are cooked, mash them, add in the buttery spread and garlic. Meanwhile, add in the soy milk until a nice consistency is reached. Salt to taste.

Finally it is time to make the gravy.

Put the french onion soup in a small cooking pot and heat it to a simmer. Stir in the tomato paste. Put a dash of black pepper (to taste) and a splash of soy sauce. Finally sprinkle the baking flower in and stir it in until the gravy thickens to the consistency you want.

Serving

When the meatloaf is finished baking, cut it into slices and serve all ingredients hot. Cover the meatloaf and mashed potatoes with plenty of gravy (I do) and enjoy. If you try my recipe, leave a comment and let me know what you think.




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