Vegetarian Meatloaf





Introduction: Vegetarian Meatloaf

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My daughter is a vegetarian and her husband is a meat lover! I am visiting them and have altered my favorite meatloaf recipe to make them both happy! If I were to describe this meat loaf . . . I think I could easily get away with calling it " Meat lovers meatloaf! " I say that because . . . . the flavor and texture is amazing and if you did not know the ingredients I think you might mistake it as real meatloaf. It is chocked full of whole foods such as oats and rice, and sprouted wheat, barley, rye, millet and corn, as well as nuts, and plenty of fresh vegetables! If you are interested in cutting back on eating red meats but miss them, then this meatloaf won't disappoint you. It won't disappoint vegetarians either! Follow through and let's get started! This recipe is an entry for the Healthy Eating Contest.

Step 1: Ingredients and Utensils


2 Cups water or vegetable stock
3 Cups rolled oats ( not instant or quick )
1 cup cooked brown rice
3/4 Cup finely chopped onion
1/2 Cup chopped celery
1/2 Cup finely chopped parsley
1/2 Cup diced red and yellow bell pepper
1/4 Cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 Slice sprouted grain bread crumbs
1/2 Cup finely chopped Walnuts or pecans
1/4 Cup Canned or fresh tomato's ( optional I used leftover tomato's from the night before. )
2 eggs
If the mixture seems too dry you may add a little more water.


1/4 Cup Soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt optional
3/4 teaspoon basil ( fresh is better but I used dried because I did not have fresh )


3/4 cup ketchup ( homemade is fantastic! )
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2Tablespoons mustard ( We like it tart so we add mustard at the table as well. )
You will also need to oil the loaf pans. One large loaf or 3 mini loaves.

Step 2: Stock

Stock ingredients:
Add water to a sauce pan and add:
Soy sauce, onions, celery, peppers, salt, and basil.

Step 3: Bring Stock to a Boil

Boil the stock:
Bring the stock to a boil and then reduce heat.

Gently add . . . oats, mushrooms, parsley, walnuts, tomato's, and rice stirring gently.
Increase heat and cook for another couple of minutes.
Set aside for five minutes while you make the sauce.

Step 4: Sauce

Making the sauce:

To make the sauce mix together:
3/4 cup of ketchup, 2 Tablespoons brown sugar and 2 Tablespoons of mustard
Shape the mixture into the oiled loaf pans and fill almost to the rim.
Coat the tops with the sauce and tomato's if desired.

Step 5: Bake

Bake the loaves:

Bake the loaves at 325 Degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Step 6: Cool and Serve


Allow the loaf to cool until you can comfortably touch the pan.
Using a spatula carefully go around the edges of the pan so the loaf can be easily removed.

Step 7: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

The meatloaf was a huge success! In fact this is my favorite meatloaf recipe ever! It is a great recipe to use up left over veggies and you can get creative adding different spices to change the flavor! These loaves freeze nicely so I like to make extra because we eat them often. I hope it will be your families favorite recipe as well.

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    Yum yum yum!!!!!!! So excited as a vegetarian to give this a go! Thank you!

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    Thank you for stopping by and commenting~ I hope your week shines~

    @ coolflame verdammte Axt ,wieder was gelernt . @ Sunshiine sorry for my translation mistake ? i had to ad yellobellpepper and not pepper.

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    Thanks so much for doing that for me. Translating can create some experiences. I know because I have a daughter-in-law from a different country and I write her mom. My daughter-in-law said it would be better if she translated. It has worked out great! Take care.

    Yes, that is right. Have a nice day!


    This meatloaf looks absolutely delicious

    I very tempted to make it!

    I wonder if I could use my muffin tin instead of a loaf pan...

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    I am sure you could but I would reduce the baking time like you would cupcakes. Thanks for commenting and please have a nice evening!


    Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!


    i cooked it. but its too damm spicy (hot)cause of 1/2 cup of white /black pepper .

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    selbst schuld. da steht nirgends etwas von einer halben tasse schwarzem und weißem pfeffer, sondern gelber und roter paprika.

    better luck next time :P

    I am so sorry for your disappointment! I learned something from it if it makes you feel any better. It is best for me to take pictures before cutting and dicing for my international visitors. You were supposed to use bell peppers! Not hot peppers. Please look at this link and see what I meant.

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention and I do encourage you to try the recipe again using the correct peppers! I hope you have a splendorous week to make up for today!


    hy i tryed to make a Shoping list in German, to cook the "Meatlof" today. Gemüse Brühe 2 Tassen Haferflocken 3 Tassen. Gekochter brauner Reis 1 Tasse. Gehackte Petersilie 1\2 Tasse Gehackte Sellerie. 1\2 Tasse Vollkornbrot gekrümelt. 1\2 Tasse Rot und Gelben Pfeffer. Passierte Tomaten Walnuss oder Pecanus 1/2 Tasse. Pilze 1/2 Tasse. 1 Teelöffel Basilikum. Sauce 3\4 Tasse Ketchup. 1 Teelöffel Salz. 2 Esslöffel Senf. 2 Esslöffel Brauner Zucker.

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    so ein quatsch!

    das ist doch falsch:

    nicht 1/2 tasse roter und gelber pfeffer, sondern PAPRIKA!

    nicht einfach alles in den google übersetzer schmeißen, sondern auch das hirn einschalten!

    Thanks for sharing!

    I'm pretty sure meat loaf is supposed to have "MEAT" in it.

    Have you heard of sprouted wheat bread? I think it is bread made from sprouting the seeds before making the bread. It is just more nutritious and delicious than regular wheat or grain bread. This recipe is entered into the healthy eating contest so I used sprouted grain bread. You may use regular bread crumbs. Thanks for asking and please remember to have a splendid day!


    Can it really be called a "meat" loaf if there is no meat in it.

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    I guess I could have called it vegetarian loaf but I chose meatloaf because people call veggie hamburgers . . . veggie burgers. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and do have a great weekend!