Oh yes, vegans have comfort food and it is wonderful. That picture is of a personalized sized meatless-loaf topped with mashed potatoes and smothered in spiced mushroom gravy. Yummmmmmmm. (That photo was actually taken with Instagram - it's another favorite thing of mine, and here comes the shameless plug to check out my Instagram for all sorts of yummy photos -> @got_catering)
We all have days where comfort food is necessary to our mental health, and if you are vegan it ends up being good for your physical health as well. That my friends in an epic win-win situation. So for any rainy day, a blue feeling, or a regular hunger pain I suggest....
Meatless-Loaf (serves 6)
Adapted from the Engine2 Diet
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
1/2 a yellow onion, finely chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, pressed
8oz package of organic tempeh (original flavor), finely chopped
1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
10oz firm tofu, crumbled1 1/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
3 tablespoons tamari
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon basil
*can use ketchup as a topper
Start off with preheating the oven to 375 degrees. Next toss your finely chopped celery, onion, tempeh, oil, and garlic into a large pan on high heat. Stir the pan often to help infuse all the flavors into the tempeh. Keep on high heat for about 5 minutes and then turn to low and allow about 5 more minutes for everything to blend. Once finished set aside to cool.
If you are cooking in an average sized meatloaf pan (9 1/2"L x 5 1/4"W) allow 55-60 minutes to bake, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If you are opting for mini personalized sized loafs allow 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Once they are finished have fun! Dress them up and enjoy!!