Vegan Meatloaf Recipe

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Cooking and enjoying good food with family and friends is a big part of this holiday. If you are a vegan you may need a little creativity to put on the table traditional dishes but I promise it is not that difficult. Here is a vegan meatloaf recipe that my family likes and I hope you enjoy it too.

2 Tbsp. sunflower oil

1 onion finely diced

2 carrots, grated

1 cup pecans (or roasted almonds)

1 cup cooked lentils without the liquid

2 cups whole grain bread crumbs (I make my own by processing toasted bread in a food processor or a blender)

2 Tbsp.  soy sauce

½ tsp. salt

3 tsp. garlic powder

3 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. basil

In a pan sauté onion in sunflower oil. Add grated carrots and cook for about 5 minutes. Grind pecans in a food processor or a blender on low and place in a mixing bowl. Mix sautéed onions and carrots with the pecans. Pulse cooked lentils in a food processor and add to the mix along with the remaining ingredients.  Mix well and pack the mixture firmly in a well-oiled loaf pan or in a small casserole dish. Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes. Add ketchup when out of the oven and enjoy.