Makes about 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 min preparation, plus cooking time
The good news about being vegan is, well everything. It is better for our health. Foods like this vegan no meat loaf are easily digestible and therefore, makes you feel better and less weighted down. Eating plant-based is also better for our environment. And if you eat not only vegan, but clean, you get to eat the best, most healthy foods out there – plant-based and full of nutrition. When you eat whole, plant-based foods, your body knows just how to handle them. You don’t get that feeling in your gut of having just eaten a boulder.
Do you think you will miss meat? I get it. But, think about the animals you will be sparing an inhumane life and death. And, you will also be saving yourself. Plant-based foods don’t cause long-term health damage the way processed, chemical-filled food stuff will. Studies have shown that there are profound health benefits to eating plant-based. You will not only be more fit, you may also minimize your risks for health issues like diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Yes, you have control over your health and it starts with what you put in your mouth. This no-meat loaf is full of protein. The nuts used give it a great taste and texture as well. Walnuts are heart healthy and offer a ton of healthy benefits. Check out this article from Harvard that discusses the nutritional benefits you may gain by consuming walnuts.
Another reason this vegan no meat loaf is so hearty is the brown rice that is sort of a base for the recipe. When cooked and processed here, it holds things together and enables you to form a loaf that holds together extremely well. Brown rice is more nutritious than white rice. Brown rice is whole rice from which only the husk has been removed.
White rice is rice that has been milled and had its husk, bran, and germ removed. This process alters the flavor, texture and appearance of the rice. While this process helps prevent spoilage and extend its storage life, it also strips out nutrition. After milling, the rice is polished, resulting in a seed with a bright, white, shiny appearance.
So, if you are looking for a nutritious grain to consume, choose brown rice over white. Although I have never tried it, quinoa would probably make a good substitute in this recipe if you are not crazy about brown rice.
You may think that because it is plant-based, it won’t fill you up. But actually, this is a hearty vegan no meat loaf. It is filling and satisfying. Make it a meal by also making our vegan mashed potato recipe and a salad of choice and viola, a great meal will be yours! Another great addition to this recipe is vegan gravy. I found a great, super easy gravy recipe you can check out that goes great with this loaf. Don’t worry if you have leftovers. This vegan no meat loaf is great the next day on a sandwich or as another meal!
Ingredients Needed for Vegan No Meat Loaf
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup lightly toasted walnuts
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup lightly toasted pecans
- 2 TBS Hemp Hearts
- 1-1/2 cups cooked brown rice
- 2 teaspoons parsley
- 1 TBS Zaatar seasoning
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons chickpea flour
- Sprinkle of smoked paprika
How to Prepare Vegan No Meat Loaf
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a parchment-lined loaf pan.
- In a large frying pan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onion is golden, about 10 minutes.
- In a food processor, combine remaining ingredients and process until almost smooth. Add onion-garlic mixture and brown rice. Process until it forms a dough like consistency
- Spread mixture evenly into a loaf pan
- Sprinkle the smoked paprika on top and
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until top is browned.
- Serve immediately or store in refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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