Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Veg*n Not-Meat-Loaf!

Hello Again Glamour Girls (and Guys!),

I intend to make a step-by-step YouTube video detailing how to do this, but you'll just have to deal with the bare minimum in the meantime! As a regular segment on this website, I wish to bring you Vegan/ Vegetarian versions of popular Retro Recipes. 

Ask anybody in the United States what food they think of when they think '1950s' and almost always the answer will be Meatloaf! Our favorite TV mothers in the 1950s (through the 1970s) served their children the affordable American staple, undoubtedly with sides of Mashed Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts. 

I'm not here to preach to you about the benefits of a Vegetarian or Vegan diet (although- I do strongly  believe in the benefits for the welfare of our dear animal friends, our planet earth, and our bodies). Partaking in a Veg*n diet is something you have to decide for yourself. What I wish to show you however, is how easy it can be to go meat-free yet still have delicious comfort food with little effort. So, if you're already a Veg*n, planning to become one, or just wish to have some meat free days, read on!

Additional PLUS is that this is less calories than your regular Meat-based Meatloaf!

Retro Veg*n Not-Meat-Loaf:

8 servings approx @ 280 calories/ serving

1 cup Walnuts, finely chopped
16 oz Cottage Cheese (see Vegan Cottage Cheese recipe above! Use all of it!)
4 Cage Free/ Free Range Eggs, well beaten
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1oz packet Dry Onion Soup mix (I used Lipton) 
2 cups Cornflakes or Weetabix, lightly crushed
1/4 cup Onion, chopped
1/4 cup Green Onion, chopped
1 cup Carrot, finely grated
1 tbsp Garlic, crushed
BBQ Sauce for topping (I used Kansas C
ity Masterpiece)

1) Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C)
2) Grease a loaf pan (I used cooking spray and a 9" x 5" loaf pan)
3) In a large bowl, beat eggs
4) Add Cottage Cheese, Vegetable Oil, Onion Soup Mix, Walnuts, Cornflakes, Onion, Garlic, Green Onion and Carrot
5) Combine all ingredients well
6) Spoon into prepared loaf pan
7) Bake for 60-70 minutes
8) After 30 minutes, remove from oven and liberally spread BBQ sauce all over the top (this will be the bottom when serving)- return to oven for another 30-40 minutes.
9) Remove from oven and allow the loaf to 'rest' for 10 minutes- this will help firm it up
10) Run a knife around the edges and then turn out onto a serving platter. Cut into slices to serve.

Sorry mine looks a little messy on the platter! It was YUMMY though! I served mine with a side of Mashed Potatoes, Corn on the Cob and Green Beans. I also slathered my slices with extra BBQ sauce for flavor. DH put Ketchup and Tabasco on his! 

Please stay tuned as when I get a Digital Camcorder I will be showing you exactly how to make this on YouTube! If you try this out in the meantime, post a comment and let me know what you think!

Stay Glamorous!

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