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A hearty plant-based dinner idea that will satisfy even meat-eaters! A Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf that mimics the classic meatloaf with no meat, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free! Get all your protein and veggies in this healthy recipe!
With Thanksgiving approaching at the speed of light, meal preparation is already underway! Some of us like to plan the ultimate classic menu with all the trimmings, others like to go potluck or buffet style, and others enjoy trying new and modern dishes on their page long menu. I think we all try to create some dishes so everyone can have at least something they love. We all know food allergies and diet restrictions have made that very proteinate over the past few years.
It’s easy to have plenty of side dishes that fit our diet needs, but the main event can be a bit trickier. I don’t eat turkey and I’ve been known to just make some chicken for myself instead. Usually, I go for a vegan option on the holidays, though. I just like to change it up for at least one dish each year and usually, that’s the main event.
Last year I made this here cauliflower lentil loaf after many years of wanting to try the vegan loaf crave for myself. One of those things that took me so long to try and now I kick myself over not trying it sooner! I always hated that so many recipes were nut-based (so calorie dense and expensive!), soy-based (no tofu, please), or were non-vegan lentil loafs (eggs will not due!)
I knew I had 2 major components that would not let me down when making my first veggie-loaf. Legumes and cauliflower. A great dose of plant-based proteins plus all that veggie goodness (in addition to pepper and onion!) Veggie loaves are such a great option to get those plant-based skeptics to try! The never-fail goodness of lentils and cauliflower I knew would be a surefire way to make a “meaty” success!
When I brought this loaf with me to our family’s Thanksgiving feast, I was hoping everyone would try (I usually have to force them to branch out a little into foodie-world). They did and they loved it (just as much as me!) I even had to leave my grandparents some leftovers to savor in the coming days. Which, by the way, this cauliflower lentil loaf tastes great as leftovers! You could eat it cold, hot, mashed up and thrown in a sauce with some pasta. Endless!
Of course, you may have noticed that shiny red glaze on top! “Meatloaf” is NEVER complete without the red ketchup sauce! I made this ketchup glaze with just a hint of smokiness to really take this humble loaf over the top in a subtle way! So let’s get those blenders out and oven on! We have a Cauliflower Lentil Loaf to make!
Cauliflower Lentil Loaf
- 1 Cup Cooked Brown Lentils (1/2 cup dry)
- 3 Cups Raw Riced Cauliflower
- 1 Cup Chopped Sweet Onion
- 2 Cups Chopped Bell Pepper
- 2 TB Nutritional Yeast
- 1 Tsp Minced Garlic
- 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
- ½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
- ½ Tsp Cumin
- ¼ Tsp Black Pepper
- ¼ Tsp Chipotle Powder
- Ketchup Glaze:
- ⅓ Cup Unsweetened Homemade Ketchup
- 1 Tsp Liquid Smoke (I used hickory flavor)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- To prep: Saute the chopped onion and pepper in a skillet on the stove for a few minutes to soften. Rice the cauliflower in a food processor until you have 3 crumbled cups. Squeeze the crumbles with a towel to release excess water. Cook the lentils according to package and let cool.
- In a large food processor combine all the ingredients for the loaf and process until combined (not smooth, just mixed well).
- Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper and press in the loaf mixture into the pan and smooth out the top.
- In a small bowl, mix the ketchup and liquid smoke together and then spread it evenly over the top of the pressed loaf.
- Bake the loaf in the oven for 40-45 minutes.
- Let cool before slicing and serving.
Doesn’t it look like a “meatloaf”? I actually never had much meatloaf growing up, but the few times I did, I loved it! I would always get it out at restaurants and you can bet my favorite part was ALL the ketchup sauce on top! I’m glad I can have “meatloaf” again! I’m pretty sure I may be one of the only people who wishes their mom had made meatloaf for family dinners 😛 I digress! We can loaf-on now! Make and take this to your next big family gathering and wow them all with this delectable, hearty, Vegan, Cauliflower Lentil Loaf!
So tell me:
+ Did you have meatloaf growing up? Did you like it?
+ Do you like to change up the main event or side dishes for a food/family holiday dinner?
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Who ever said veggies were boring? This Spiralized Thai Salad is all veggie, all raw, and exploding with flavor! If you aren’t a veggie lover yet, you will be after tasting this gluten-free and vegan spiralized salad!
It’s time to break out those spiralizers my friends! You can’t get anymore “spiralized” than with this salad! I think I felt inclined to post this recipe after I was putting together Saturday’s ReDux post and remembered my love of the Raw Balsamic Tahini Beet Noodles. Spiralizing things just automatically makes the dish fancier and tastier. (Spiralize is also a crappy word to write. I always feel like it’s spelled wrong and my computer definitely does!) I’ll get over that though since this spiralized Thai salad must be shared! Spiralizing is the one “food fad” that I will gladly embrace. However, if you’re going to spiralize something, let’s stop with the boring zucchini noodles please. Step it up! If you don’t know where to start, I have a few ideas including this one today.
What did I spiralize for this salad you may be asking. Well, I spiralized a daikon and cucumber. Two perfect veggies for spiralizing because of there shape and you don’t have to peel anything. Along with these two veggies, there’s thinly sliced bell pepper, shredded carrots, and bamboo shoots! To make these veggies all the more Thai, I added coconut vinegar, coconut, cilantro, and of course some coriander! This salad comes together super quick too, you’ll just need to refrigerate it and allow it to marinate before serving for optimal taste 😉 (Think you can wait that long?)
This dish is also a great way to use the uncommon veggie, daikon. It’s a mild type of Asian radish that really has no taste, but is super crunchy and eaten raw, but you can roast them! I think I had first tried daikon in one of my first produce boxes from Frieda’s and ever since, I’ve loved them. I find them right with all the cabbage, beets, and radishes at my grocery. They’re just cut in random lengths and thrown in a basket. Sometimes they are huge, other times there are smaller cuts, so it’s always a hit-or-miss with buying size. Daikon also has some great greens growing from it’s root. So if you can buy a whole daikon radish with greens still attached, do it!
Maybe you’re noticed a theme here, but the “weird” veggies you see in the grocery and most likely pass up in favor of your comforting old zucchini and celery, are actually pretty cool! Let this be another lesson in not judging a veggie or fruit by it’s “cover” 😉 If you do, you’ll never know the greatness you’re missing out on! So let’s end that once and for all with this salad!
Raw Spiralized Thai Salad
- 1 Medium Daikon (spiralized with the C blade)
- 1 Large Cucumber (Spiralized with the C blade)
- 1 Small Green Bell Pepper (cut thin lengthwise sticks)
- 1 Cup Shredded Tri-Colored Carrots
- 1 Cup Sliced Bamboo Shoots
- 2 TB Raw Coconut Vinegar
- 2 TB Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- ½ Tsp Onion Powder
- ½ Tsp Garlic Powder
- ¼ Tsp Coriander
- ½ TB Dried Cilantro
- A Dash of White Pepper
- Wash, spiralized, and prepare all your veggies. You may need to cut the daikon and cucumber spirals so they aren't too long.
- Toss everything in a large mixing bowl. Add the vinegar, coconut, and spices. Toss to coat.
- Place in the fridge to marinate and chill for at least an hour before serving.
Ready to never eat boring common veggies again? Actually, I must admit, boring raw veggies will always be my favorite. I could eat raw beets, zucchini, celery, carrots, even just plain lettuce and I’d be happy, but I’m just an extreme veggie lover. Don’t get me wrong though, weird veggies like daikon and celeriac are near and dear to this veggie lover’s heart too! In the word’s of Frieda’s, “Fear no fruit!” (or veggie in this case). 😉 I want you to take me seriously when I say I’m challenging you this week to pick up at least ONE new to your veggie or fruit! I guarantee you will be glad you did! Make something fun and tag me on twitter or instagram (@rebeccagf666) showing me how you used it!
So tell me:
+ Have you ever tried daikon?
+ Any veggie of fruit you’ve been curious to try, but haven’t?
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