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: A Meatless Loaf Even June Cleaver Would Envy (Secret Ingredient: A-1 sauce!)

June 21, 2010 in Healthy Fare, Uncategorized, Vegetarian Entrees

Who-Needs-Hamburger Amazing Meatless Loaf recipe

Who needs hamburger? Try our amazing Meatless Loaf recipe!

For the ultimate Meatless Monday challenge, we here at FFF decided to take on the iconic American comfort food recipe: meatloaf.

June Cleaver made meatloaf, as did all women who dared to call themselves housewives in the 1950s. Each woman’s meatloaf was a yardstick to measure her skill as a home cook. Meatloaf has been made in various versions for centuries, but it was the Americans during the Great Depression who added bread and eggs to the dish to stretch their pennies and added ketchup as a topping.

Like almost everyone growing up in America in the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s, I ate my weight in meatloaf as a child. To this day, when anyone says “meatloaf,” the smell, taste and texture of this comfort food fills my senses.

So, we said to ourselves, “Could we remake this comfort food classic without meat but with as much flavor and comfort as the original hamburger dish?” Our answer: “Absolutely.”

I made about a dozen versions of this dish and there are two secrets to our final fabulous dish. First, add diced cooked dates. The dates add a rich taste and sticky texture that are necessary to replace hamburger. Second, use the American classic A-1 steak sauce. When I made previous versions of this, everyone wanted A-1 to drizzle on top of their slices. So == light bulb goes on == why not add this raisin-y, flavor-packed sauce right in with the loaf mixture?!

The combination of ingredients and flavors in this final version are astounding. The texture is rich, moist and firm and holds together while cooking and slicing. This is one of my favorite veggie makeover dishes of all time. Truly remarkable. Please try it – with or without your June Cleaver apron on!

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