All American Meatless Loaf – Another sample from Virgin Vegan: Everyday Recipes

February 26, 2013 in Entrees, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Entrees


All American Meatless Loaf

All American Meatless Loaf from Virgin Vegan: Everyday Recipes

This is day TWO of our week-long celebration of our latest cookbook creation,  “Virgin Vegan: Everyday Recipes for Satisfying Your Appetite”, and will be officially released on March 1st (though you can of course pre-order it now). This is perfect for experienced vegans, newbie vegans, and people who simply want to increase the amount of plant-based goodness in their nutritional lives.


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On to today’s sample recipe! See you tomorrow for even more!

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Meatless Monday: An American Classic Goes Healthy – Lentil Sloppy Joes

May 24, 2010 in Entrees, Gluten Free, Healthy Fare, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Entrees

Classic Joes - Healthy Edition.

Classic Joes – Healthy Edition.

For Meatless Monday, I decided to attempt a re-do of an American classic recipe – Sloppy Joes. I tried a version with a variety of beans, but the beans turned out too starchy for this – not at all resembling ground meat. So then I thought of lentils. These little high-protein gems are packed with nutrients and they are so much easier and handier than using dried beans – no pre-soaking required! Turns out they are similar to the texture I was looking for to replace ground meat.

I used the ingredients I would have used 25 years ago to make Sloppy Joes for one of my kid-friendly desperation dinners – onions, peppers, tomato paste, brown sugar, spices and just a touch of mustard. Takes me back to the big-hair and florescent-fashion 80′s.

Sometimes a vegetarian re-do of a recipe is a distant second to the original in taste. Not so here. I was shocked to find out that this is a BETTER dish than if I had used hamburger. Seriously – much better. Bye, bye ground beef - Hello lentils!

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