Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Soy-Free Veggie Meatloaf

When I took recipe requests many months ago, I had some serious pleading for meatloaf recipes. Surprising to me, because I had thought that the veggie meatloaf recipe had been done - and then done again. But, I realized that most of these veg versions included soy of some form... be it tofu, tempeh, tvp, or veggie ground round. So, I decided to concoct a very healthy, and soy-free (for soy-allergic or sensitive folks) version. This one uses lentils and bulgur as the base, and also includes seed butter and salba (or flax). Plenty of nutritional biggies in this one!

So, are others out there looking for similar recipes?... hearty dishes like "meatloaf" but not using soy products? Also, can someone please offer up a decent name for this recipe (& one that doesn't use the word "meat") ?!! :)

32 comments:

caribbeanvegan said...

Great alternative. I must tell you that your homestyle cookies were the first vegan cookies I ever made and no chocolate chip cookie beat that since. It is almost midnight and I could eat that meatloaf right now.
Tay

veggievixen said...

ooh, ooh, pick me!! i want this recipe really badly. you could go with something like soy-free neatloaf if you like cheesy puns. beyond that i have no idea. it'll come to you.

sarahrahh said...

all i can say is...
COOL!
not because i dont eat soy, but i made one with tofu before and i was dissappointed.[even though ive never eaten real meatloaf] now i only tried making vegan meatloaf with tofu once, but this sounds more appealing to me. yay!

sarahrahh said...

ps.
maybe something like
"hearty lentil and veggie loaf"?

nora said...

looks delish, dreena! p.s. i basically sold ed&bv to a customer at my local bookstore b/c she was looking for a good cookbook with healthy recipes for pregnancy! the lady at the store knew nothing about veg cookbooks, so i stepped in! :)

Vegetation said...

Being soy allergic/intolerant (I'm not sure which) I'm always on the hunt for alternatives to tofu/tempeh. This one sounds yummy!

Gaile said...

wow that one looks super tasty. I'd call it something like Not Your Mamma's Lentil Loaf. I wonder if it would work with brown rice instead of bulgur? As for recipes I'm interested in seeing, anything gluten free, as so many vegan recipes rely on seitan or other gluten-filled foods that I can't eat. Thanks!!

Emmanuelle said...

I'm certainly interested in more soy-free recipes. As for the name, I think Gaile's idea of "lentil loaf" is good. I've always hated the word "meatloaf"--it sounds disgusting!

Marie said...

Hmmm this sounds interesting, as long as the mystery red topping does not contain ketchup. God I hate ketchup. The reason I never tried mom's meatloaf in my pre-veg days was the pungent odor of the ketchup sauce. Then again i'm sure you could substitute it for something delicious.

On another note I have Cashew-Ginger Tofu marinating in the fridge, only I had to use almond butter. I'm wondering what it will taste like, but I'm optimistic.

Jessica said...

that looks so good! i will definitely have to try this one..

YogaGracie said...

Fiber Fun Loaf!

nora said...

Also, how about, "soy-free-t loaf" hahahaha

The Veg Next Door said...

That looks really good. One of the ultimate comfort foods. I have no witty name ideas.

Animal-Friendly said...

That "meat"loaf looks so hearty and delicious, and I love that it's soy-free, too!

Ariela said...

I'm. Totally. Drooling. Seriously who needs meat? Or fish? Or any animal products for that matter!

I have so many friends who say "I'm vegetarian, but I only eat fish and chicken." BS!

I came across this article on the site GirlieGirl Army that's sure to convince those friends to ditch the fish and poultry for good!

http://girliegirlarmy.com/blog/20090709/chicken-and-fish-don’t-grow-on-trees/

Erica said...

i do a "meatloaf" with lentils and steel cut oats that hits the spot. not big on soy, either... aside from tempeh.

mirbrewer said...

Since it contains bulghur, why not call it "wheatloaf"? Lentil wheatloaf...if you want to get more specific...

sweetkaroline said...

I always call it lentil loaf.....:)

itstartedwithafish said...

Lovely Legumes or Lovely Lentil Loaf

Bulgur Lentil Bliss Loaf

Vegan Lurve Loaf -teehee

Dreena said...

hey guys, great to hear your ideas and feedback!

caribbeanvegan, most delightful to know about the cookies - awesome, thanks!

Nora, you don't work at the bookstore? You were just hanging/shopping there? That's what I'm figuring reading your comment - totally funny... and terrific! xo

Gaile, that's a good idea, I might try it out with brown rice since I'm not eating wheat at the moment (b/c of breastfeeding).

Marie, sorry to break it to you but yes it's ketchup. You didn't even like ketchup as a child? WOW! Our girls could eat the stuff with a spoon - it's actually gross how much they can consume - and ridiculous how often we have to say "no more ketchup"! Well, you could always use another sauce to top the meatloaf - bbq, worcestershire, gravy, etc - or just a brush of olive oil - I'll make that note in the recipe too!!

Ariela, thanks for the link, I'll have to take a peek at the article.

Mirbrewer, I'm quite fond of your "wheat loaf" suggestion!! thx!!

(also liking 'vegan lurve loaf' - just cause it's kinda silly)!

Luella said...

Veggieloaf makes perfect sense. Isn't "veggie meatloaf" - if it means vegan loaf - an oxymoron? Veggieloaf, meatloaf... uh, yeah... just take out the meat part, considering that "meatloaf" is a word based on something non-meat anyway (bread).

Veggieloaf! Lentil loaf also sounds nice, but all the American junk foodists will probably think that sounds pretty gross.

Luella said...

Btw, when are you gonna post the recipe? I want to make this with my housemate!! She's allergic to soy.

Kiersten said...

I'd love to give something like this a try! I've been looking for a soy-free "meat" loaf recipe for a while now. How about just calling it "The Loaf"?

alicevalentine said...

yes yes! I am a vegan who can't eat soy... so excited for this recipe!

I would call it some sort of lentil loaf.

Tender Branson said...

Wow...that looks great. I'm surprised with the lack of vegetarian soyless meatloaf recipes that exist as well.

Marilou Garon said...

Dreena, I can't find the link to the recipe.. can you help me? THANKS! Can't wait to try a non-soy veggie loaf!

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Garin Kilpatrick said...

I thought this was a contradiction at first, but once I saw Salba in the recipe I did not mind at all. :) Thanks for sharing, I've been on a real Salba kick lately, so I hope you post more recipes with Salba!!

Anonymous said...

I'm a soy-allergic vegan, and would love to try this recipe. Did it end up in one of your cookbooks?

Dreena said...

anonymous, it's not in one of my current books, but will def be in my next book, out next fall likely.

Holly said...

Did you ever post this anywhere? Found this page on google and don't see it listed. Thanks for any info, I've been searching for a good soy free lentil loaf for a while.

Dreena said...

Hi Holly, yes, that recipe is posted - on my new blog. I don't post here anymore. You can check out the recipe on www.plantpoweredkitchen.com. It's called "No-Fu Love Loaf"! Enjoy.