Vegan “Meatloaf” is a meat-free version of the classic American dish. This dish is made using a mixture of vegetables, lentils, brown rice, rolled oats, herbs and spices, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar, which are combined and baked to form a hearty and flavorful loaf. The end result is a dish that has the same comforting flavor and texture as traditional meatloaf, but with a healthier, plant-based twist. This dish is perfect for those following a vegan diet or who are looking to reduce their meat consumption, while still enjoying the familiar comfort food flavors they love.
- 1 cup of chopped mushrooms
- 1 cup of chopped onion
- 1 cup of chopped carrots
- 1 cup of chopped celery
- 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
- 1 cup of cooked lentils
- 1 cup of cooked brown rice
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon of dried sage
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the mushrooms, onion, carrots, celery, and garlic until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.
- Transfer the cooked vegetables to a large bowl and add the lentils, brown rice, oats, tomato paste, thyme, rosemary, sage, black pepper, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar. Stir everything together until well combined.
- Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan and add the vegetable mixture to the pan. Use your hands to press the mixture down firmly into the pan.
- Bake the “meatloaf” in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the edges are firm.
- Let the “meatloaf” cool in the pan for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Serve this vegan “meatloaf” with your favorite sides for a hearty and delicious meal. The combination of mushrooms, lentils, and oats provides a rich, meaty flavor and texture, while the herbs and spices give this dish a classic meatloaf taste. This recipe is a great way to enjoy the comfort food flavors you love, while keeping your diet plant-based.