Growing up, meatloaf was one of my favorite meals. It was hearty, filling, comforting and delicious, but never vegan. Coming up with a comparable vegan meatloaf recipe wasn’t just a to-do task, it was a mission to replicate those homey flavors with ingredients that are friendlier.
Vegan meatloaf is often ruined by an overly a mushy loaf. After taste testing countless batches I think I’ve landed on a recipe that is a tasty vegan substitute for this comfort food classic. The texture is tender but not too mushy, holds together when sliced and can crisp up nicely along the edges for that addictive charred taste.
Making Delicious Vegan Meatloaf
The great thing about this preparation is that it’s mostly hands-off. Once in the baking pan you can set a timer as it bakes in the oven.
First saute vegetables until soft and translucent. Remove from heat and set aside. Add vegan ground meat and other ingredients to the bowl and gently mix. In my recipe I use Lightlife Ground Meat as the base. I find this brand to give the best experience from a textural standpoint. If you’re unable to get your hands on this, you can substitute with any “ground meat”.
When the first timer goes off, glaze the vegan meatloaf with the tangy and flavorful sauce preparation – it has just the right amount of pepperiness and smokiness to it. I use my tried and true Easy Marinara Sauce as the base and build more complex flavors into it from there. The sauce is so simple and takes no extra cooking. Just mix in the spices and slather on!
The flavors of this vegan meatloaf so are extremely craveable you might find yourself making it more frequently than the original non-vegan version. If you make this recipe, leave a rating below and don’t forget to tag @PlantBasedDogGuy on Instagram!
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