Raise your hand if you never ate meatloaf as a child. (That’s me…slowly raises hand.) I know, crazy, right? Because meatloaf was foreign to me, I always was mesmerized by it when I’d go over to friends’ houses. Now that my husband is vegan, I challenged myself to put a spin on this American classic and create a meatless meatloaf for the family!
It may seem like there are a lot of ingredients in this recipe, but I promise it comes together quickly! We ate half for dinner (and had some leftovers for sandwiches the next day) and I froze the other half for an easy meal next time I’m in a bind.
- 2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 c panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 c unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 3 tbsp worcestershire sauce (make sure it’s vegan if that matters to you!)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- season with salt and pepper
For the Glaze:
- 1/4 c tomato paste
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp paprika
- Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9 inch loaf pan and place a piece of parchment paper width-wise along the center with some hanging over the sides. This will ensure the loaf comes out of the pan easy-peasy.
- Place all the meatloaf ingredients into a food processor. (If your food processor is small like mine, you may have to do this in a few batches!) Pulse until the chickpeas are broken up and well mixed, but be careful not to overblend.
- Press mixture into your greased loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes.
- While your loaf is baking, whisk together all of the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl.
- After 30 minutes, remove the loaf from the over and top it with the glaze.
- Put it back into the over and bake for another 20 minutes.
- Finally, remove it from the oven and allow the loaf to cool for at least 15 minutes. (Tip: The longer you let it sit, the better the loaf will stick together!)
Our meatless meatloaf was a huge dinner hit with the family and despite how overwhelming the ingredient list may look, it was pretty easy to prepare and bake!