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How to Make Easy Vegetarian Meatloaf

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Vegetarian cooking can be very interesting when you whip up a meatless vegetarian meatloaf. There is an endless variety of options so rather then a set vegetarian meatloaf recipe, you can learn to make up your own vegetarian meatloaf combinations with what you might already have in the pantry. 

After dinner store any left overs in the fridge and use the vegetarian meatloaf in sandwiches the next day. Meatless meatloaf is especially good cold in bread with ketchup, some lettuce, pickles and onion. 

Jennifer McCann is an author and a good resource for vegan cooking ideas. Jennifer created the Magical Loaf Studio which is a helpful tool for creating your own vegetarian meatloaf receipes from what you have on hand.

On to the steps to make vegetarian meatloaf!

Difficulty:  Moderately Easy


    • 1
      Make the Meatloaf Pan Non-Stick or spray on oil

      Preheat oven to 350º. Ready your loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

    • 2
      meatless ground is a good protein source in vegetarian meatloaf

      Protein: Select a protein source for your vegetarian meatloaf. Cooked beans, tofu, or meatless ground beef are good choices. You will need several cups of protein.

    • 3
      Onions add Zip to the meatless loaf

      Vegetables: Any number of vegetable will work. Chop up some onions, carrots, potatoes or celery. Some garlic is nice too. You will want a couple cups worth of veggies. Stir fry the veggies in a little oil if desired.

    • 4
      Nuts add flavor and crunch

      Nuts: Almost any kind of nut can provide extra texture and flavor to your meatless loaf. Grind about 1/2 a cup of nuts up, or chop very fine with a knife.

    • 5
      Oatmeal adds Carbs to the meatless loaf

      Carbohydrate: You will want a cup to two cups of cooked buckwheat, uncooked rolled oats, bread crumbs or some other kind of carbs. If the carbs require a long cooking time, pre-cook them. If they are precooked like bread crumbs or require a short cooking time, just add them into the mix.

    • 6
      Flax works to bind instead of eggs

      Binder: You'll want some potato flour, flax seed powder, cooked oat meal or some other kind of binder. If you don't mind eggs, a couple eggs do the trick here. Just something to thicken up and bind your meatless loaf together.

    • 7
      Italian Seasoning

      Herbs and Sauces: Add a few teaspoons of Italian style herbs plus some soy sauce or ketchup to add some zippy flavor.

    • 8
      Nutritional yeast can add the salty flavor

      Seasoning: Onion Salt, Sea Salt, or some other kind of salty seasoning will enhance the flavor. Just a couple shakes is fine.

    • 9

      Mix and Form the Loaf: Mix all the ingredients together to make a moist but thick loaf in your non-stick sprayed loaf pan.

      Depending on your food choices, you may need to add a little liquid (tomato juice, water, or whatever you like) to reach a reasonable consistency.

    • 10
      Suggested Serving for Vegetarian Meatloaf

      Bake and Serve: Bake your vegetarian meatloaf in the 350 degree oven for about an hour. Remove, cool for 10 minutes or so, and serve. You can either serve informally from the pan or turn your meatless meatloaf out upside down on a serving plater and dress it up with garnishes.

      Accompany with steamed vegetables, gravy, bread rolls, and salad for a complete meal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the handy Magic Loaf Studio Tool to get the right proportions. After a little practice you can go wild with your own unique creations.

  • There are several good ground meat substitute products on the market. 

  • Don't make the vegetarian meatloaf too runny or too dry. Practice makes perfect.