Vegetarian "Meat" Loaf Recipe

    55 min
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Vegetarian meatloaf makes a for an all-American comfort food for vegetarians. This vegetarian loaf recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.

Most vegetarian "meatloaf" recipes use lentils, rice, nuts, or a combination of all three for a base, but this one is made from store-bought mock meat, making it extra-meaty for meat-lovers and for anyone with a lentil aversion or nut allergy.

Vegetarian loaves are always best drizzled with lots of ketchup, in my opinion, so don't skimp on the ketchup! If you like meatloaf (and even if you really, really don't!), you'll probably like this very similar lower-fat and cholesterol-free vegetarian and vegan meatloaf recipe. Top it all off with your favorite vegetarian gravy, add a side salad, and you've got yourself an awesome vegan dinner, or even a vegetarian Thanksgiving entree

See also: More vegetarian loaf recipes: Lentil loaf, nut loaf and more

What You'll Need

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 2 packages Gimme Lean ground beef substitute
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal, uncooked
  • 2 slices of bread, crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

How to Make It

    1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Sautee the garlic, onion and bell peppers in olive oil for a few minutes, until onions are very soft.
    3. In a large bowl, combine the onions and peppers with the ground beef substitute, oatmeal, bread crumbs, 3 tablespoons of ketchup, garlic salt, and pepper. Mix well, using your hands if needed.
    4. Press into a lightly greased loaf pan. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven when done.
    5. Combine the remaining ingredients and spread over the top of the loaf. Cook, uncovered, for another 15 minutes, or until done.
    6. You're probably going to want to let your vegetarian meat loaf cool a fair amount before slicing into it to serve. Keep it uncovered, as it cools, to allow a bit of extra moisture to release and allowing the loaf to firm up a bit as it cools. 
    7. Slice it up and enjoy! 
    8. I always serve a vegetarian loaf with vegetarian gravy (I like mushroom gravy with my loaves), and, preferably, some homemade mashed potatoes, too.
  • Nutritional information:
    Calories: 259; Calories from Fat: 66
    % Recommended Daily Value
    Total Fat: 7.3g; 11%
    Saturated Fat: 1.0g; 5%
    Cholesterol: 0mg; 0%
    Total Carbohydrates: 28.1g 9%
    Dietary Fiber 6.1g 24%
    Protein: 20.4g
    Vitamin A 16%, Vitamin C 50%, Calcium 3%, Iron 4%