Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Magical Loaf Studio
Design Your Own Adventist-Style Vegan Dinner Loaf!
created by Jennifer McCann for the Vegan
Lunch Box Blog.

I came across this great website while browsing Planet Vegan Freak a trawling website that collects vegan blog postings so you don't have to spend hours clicking on every site.

But getting back to The Magical Loaf Studio and why I think it's so good. If you ever wanted to make a vegan 'meat'less loaf but didn't have all the items in the recipe or you wanted to make it healthier. Well stress no more go to the website and just follow the instructions and it will create a recipe for you.

Here is an example of one I created, but you should really try it out for yourself...

Vegan Bear's Lentil loaf


1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 TB vegetable oil
One onion, diced
One large garlic clove, minced
One large carrot, peeled and grated
Two celery ribs, diced
2 cups cooked lentils
1 cup dry whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 to 1/2 cup liquid from cooked or canned beans, as needed
1 heaping TB flaxseed meal
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 TB ketchup
2 TB soy sauce


Preheat the oven to 350º. Spray a loaf pan or 8x8 square baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside (an 8x8 pan makes a crisper loaf).

Grind the sunflower seeds into a coarse meal using a food processor or spice/coffee grinder. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

Sauté any vegetables you've chosen in the vegetable oil until soft. Add to the large mixing bowl along with all the remaining ingredients. Mix and mash together well, adding only as much liquid as needed to create a soft, moist loaf that holds together and is not runny (you may not need to add any liquid if the grains and protein are very moist). Add more binder/carbohydrate as needed if the loaf seems too wet.

Press mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until cooked through.

Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then turn out onto a plate or platter and slice. Serve with potatoes, vegetables, and vegetarian gravy, if desired.

Cold leftover slices of Vegan Bear's Lentil loaf make a great sandwich filling.

So why not give it a try and let me know how you got on.

Bear. X

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