Meatloaf is the topic here today. My initial thoughts? Insanely delicious, nothing short of satisfying and super filling. When I first went to make this I was really skeptical. Needless to say I had many questions. How does meatloaf without the meat even make sense? What happens when you bake it? What’s the texture or the flavor going to be like? For all of you skeptical people out there, I have answers! Does it work? Yes, but it’s far from meatloaf aside from being shaped the same way. I would call it a bean loaf haha. What’s the texture like? Well there’s no fat or egg so the moisture comes from vegetable stock and it’s dense. Imagine stuffing with beans. It’s crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. What’s the flavor like? Because beans have such little flavor, a little effort is put into making it taste good. Seasoned breadcrumbs and your favorite barbecue sauce along with all the other ingredients are essential! Overall impression? I thought it was wonderful! It makes the perfect dinner and I totally recommend it. Cooking vegan food requires you to really think outside the box and become acclimated to new flavors. While I’m not entirely vegan I love the challenge of creativity I’m forced to have when conjuring up vegan recipes.
I did mention one specific product down below in the ingredients and it’s the Weber’s beer can chicken seasoning. This isn’t a sponsored post and I seldom buy spice mixes but every now and then I come across a recipe that I think it would be wonderful in. I have already checked to see if it’s vegan and it is. As I was tasting, I found that it was the perfect spice blend for this recipe. Don’t think for a minute that you need this specific dry spice. Feel free to use your favorite spice blend as I think it’s a convenient way to add flavor! I hope you enjoy this creative recipe!
2 cups northern beans cooked
1 ½ cup cooked lentils
1 onion diced
2 celery stalks chopped
2 carrots diced
2 garlic cloves minced
2 cups Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
½ cup vegetable stock
3 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon of Weber’s beer can chicken seasoning
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup barbecue sauce
Parsley to garnish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a big bowl combine all the ingredients and place them into the food processor in sections. Pulse until everything is well combined but don’t over mix. Place the processed sections into a greased loaf pan. Spoon over the top some of your favorite barbecue sauce, about ¼ cup. Bake for 45-60 minutes. When it’s done baking let it cool and take out of the loaf pan. Once cooled brush the sides with the rest of the barbecue sauce and add more if needed. Serve in slices and garnish with parsley.