Vegan Veggie Loaf

Vegan Meatloaf! Am I allowed to say it’s a meatloaf? A classic, with a chickpea/tofu twist my vegan babies. I was really surprised by this one to be honest, I questioned if it could compare on any level to real meatloaf… and I’d say it gets there. It packs in the protein and has loads of flavor. I fed it to my family on Easter and they weren’t complaining, so it’s non-vegan approved b*tches.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 c white onion, diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, save liquid from can
  • 6 oz extra firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or liquid amino
  • 1/4 c ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke, optional
  • 1 packet of meatloaf seasoning
    OR
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 4 tbsp chickpea liquid
  • 1/2 c nondairy milk
  • 3/4 c breadcrumbs
  • 3/4-1 c oats

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and lightly grease a 9 in. loaf pan or line with parchment paper to avoid sticking.
  2. Saute onion, garlic, and bell pepper until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes on medium heat, remove from heat.
  3. Mash the chickpeas with a fork or potato masher until they are broken up but not mushy or pasty. Crumble in the tofu AFTER you have pressed it a few times with a dish rag or paper towels to remove some moisture. Add in cooked veggies, soy sauce, ketchup, liquid smoke, and meatloaf seasoning. Mix well.
  4. Add in the chickpea liquid, milk, and breadcrumbs, stir to combine, add oats 1/4 c at a time, mixing until the mixture holds together well and can be formed (holds in a ball shape). Transfer to the loaf pan, flatten, and place in the oven for 35 minutes.
  5. Remove and top with ketchup moving width-wise from top to bottom (refer to picture), and cook another 15 minutes. Remove and let sit at least 10 minutes before slicing so it holds better.

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