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Lunabell's Lentil Loaf (vegan meat loaf)

What you need: 

1 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon chives
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon vegan chicken bouillon powder
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup cooked drained lentils
1 cup ketchup, divided
1/2 cup extra firm tofu (I use the recipe for Lunabell's rice-fu)
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 large green bell pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup cooked drained pinto beans

What you do: 

1. Put bread crumbs, dry seasonings, vinegar, lentils, 1/2 cup ketchup, and tofu into a medium bowl. Fry onion and pepper in 1 tablespoon canola oil until the peppers start to get soft. Fry garlic until it slightly browns.
2. Put pinto beans into a food processor with 1/4 cup ketchup. Process fully and add the mixture to the medium bowl. Put the cooked onions, peppers, and garlic into the bowl as well and mix completely. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
3. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease with 1 teaspoon canola oil. Make a loaf out of your mixture in the shape of a square, and place it on the baking sheet.
4. Bake loaf uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, cover with the rest of the ketcup, cover with aluminum foil and bake for another 10 minutes. Take the loaf out of the oven. Let it cool for 10 minutes before cutting.
Source of recipe: I did a lot of researching lentil loafs, and came up with something that tastes exactly like meatloaf! Same look, same texture... everything is delicious.

Preparation Time: 
1 hour, 30 minutes, Cooking time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 
40 minutes
Servings: 
4
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

Where's the recipe for Rice-fu?  I can't do soy anymore and I have yet to find a good tofu replacement.

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I didn't care much for this. I felt like the inside wasn't done enough but if I baked more the outside was getting too done... perhaps mine was too thick? It also didn't have quite enough flavor for me. To be fair I substituted the white beans for pinto beans and I was never crazy about meatloaf as a child.

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The only ingredients I used were: 1/2 black beans, 1/2 refried beans (so I didn't have to mash 'em lol), bread crumbs, lentils and spices (taco seasoning). I didn't have money for anything else. But holy moly!! It was gooooood. Next day it made amaaazing "meat"loaf sandwiches with barbecue sauce. My meat eating fiance even said wow! and make it again! lol I made it with mashed potatoes and steamed carrots. It's nice to add another amazing meal to my list  :)

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Made this for dinner last night, and it was great :) This seemed like the dish of a thousand alterations - only because of my crap shopping skills i.e forgot to get some of the ingredients xD

I only realised as I started making it that we forgot to get the firm tofu xD What I did, in some sort of guesstimate to help make the texture what it may have been like with the tofu, was blend the lentils roughly, and I used a whole can of kidney beans (hard to come by pinto beans down here). Also, we only had 1/4 cup of ketchup, so made up the rest of the cup with 2 1/2 tablespoons of tomato paste and water. Left out the chilli, because I'm a chilli wimp :( Bf's dad (meat eater) walked by and commendted that the meal smelled like meatloaf - so I think this meal hit the nail. Served this with mashed potato, steamed broccoli and the chicken gravy recipe from here. Will definitely make this again. Always looking for more fibre rich meals. Thanks for the recipe :D

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