What We Really Eat: Meatless Meatloaf

One Bowl. One Pan. Hurrah! Here is a recipe that is Truly Easy but tastes like Something Complicated – a Happy Discovery!

This loaf contains none of the scary ‘soak lentils for one hour prior to use . . .’-type instructions that instantly burst the bubble of a last-minute kitchen decision. Neither does it require Mysterious Spices with Unpronounceable Names that are Nowhere In The Grocery Store. Or, Strange Protein Products . . . you know the ones – flakes, things in bottles, something that looks like tofu but isn’t tofu and is a suspicious brown colour . . . !

Au contraire! This delicious and easy meatless meatloaf requires only easy-to-find, reasonably-priced ingredients and predictable, affordable spices. It was originally posted somewhere on the web as ‘Cottage Cheese Roast’ – my great thanks to the gentleman who invented the recipe! As I have long since lost the link to his page, please do post it, if anyone reading this should happen to know his name or the location of the original recipe page.

This loaf is an excellent source of protein, containing nuts, cheese, eggs, and grains. And I guarantee you will be amazed by the consistency – it could pose as meaty meatloaf and not raise an eyebrow! So, without further Ado . . . voilà!

Meatless Meatloaf

1 small tub (or half a large tub/8oz) cottage cheese

2 eggs, beaten

⅛ cup vegetable oil (we use peanut)

½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

⅛ cup chopped onion

A pinch each of dried: thyme, oregano, marjoram, paprika (or chili powder)

1 ½ cups flaked cereal (I recommend something hearty like ‘Ancient Grains’)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a loaf pan (if your pan is metal, the loaf may cook more quickly, so have a look at it after 40 minutes to see if it looks done). Combine wet ingredients and spices in a large bowl. Add flaked cereal last, stir to blend thoroughly. (You may even let the mixture sit a minute or two to allow the cereal to absorb more of the wet ingredients  – especially if you are using a particularly sturdy cereal.) Pour into pan and spread evenly. Bake 50 minutes, raise heat to 400°F, bake 10 minutes more. I use these last 10 minutes to heat up some canned green beans, or chop some carrots and cook them for a few minutes, for a side dish.

Remove loaf from oven and let it sit for 5 minutes. (Time to set the table!) Top with swirls of ketchup (optional). Slice in pan (1 loaf = 2 slices each for three people), serve with veggies (and ketchup, if you like!), and enjoy!

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