Meatless Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chick pea flour
  • 2 cups pecan or walnut meal (Or you can grind up walnuts or pecans in a blender, and/or maybe a food processor or coffee grinder, into a meal—like flour, but more grainy and less fine. )
  • 1 1/4 cup almond or soy milk
  • 1 small  onion , peeled and chopped or diced (optional)
  • 1 cup sliced sweet peppers or diced bell peppers (About 5 small/medium sweet peppers—the ones that look like mini bell peppers, but maybe longer—or 1 1/2 bell pepper. I recommend mixing red, yellow, and orange, but green will work fine.)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt or sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground or rubbed sage
  • 1/2-1 tsp basil
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes (not to be confused with brewers or regular yeast, this yeast is not used for leavening, but for flavoring) (optional)
  • 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce, barbecue sauce, or other tomato sauce
  • non-stick cooking spray or oil (for greasing the loaf pan) (May I recommend coconut oil?)

To Make:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prep ingredients so that they match the description on the “Ingredients” list (if you have not already).
  3. Thoroughly combine all dry ingredients, including seasonings, onions, and peppers.
  4. Thoroughly mix in soy/almond milk. This should not be too wet or too dry. It should be like a very thick batter, but should not be runny or overly wet. It should not be smooth (Remember that you have onions and peppers in it, so expect it to be lumpy.).
  5. Lightly grease a standard-sized loaf pan.
  6. Pour in the loaf mixture and spread it out to smooth it.
  7. Spread spaghetti sauce over the top.
  8. Cover with foil and make a slit or two in the middle of the foil, or make slits in the foil and then cover the pan.
  9. Bake, covered,  at 350 for about 30-45 minutes.
  10. Uncover and bake for another 15-20 minutes unless the sauce is burning, in which case your loaf is done already.
  11. The loaf is done when the sauce has soaked into the loaf (it does not all have to soak into the loaf and/or has dried at least a little and the loaf is firm and holds together well enough to slice. It may fall apart as it’s removed, but it shouldn’t be like pudding.

This makes 1 full loaf. 

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