Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beetloaf. I LOVE meatloaf???
I was totally Randy Parker as a small child. I was a picky eater who would happily have lived on PB sandwiches (no jam), and mac and cheese.
And I despised meatloaf.
My mother, however, insisted on making it often when I was a little kid. It was the early 80s, money was tight, and a meatloaf went a long way in feeding a family of four.
So, more nights than not, it graced our dining room table…and I pushed it around my plate until someone caved and made me a peanut butter sandwich instead.
Fast forward 40ish years, and here I am, serving the best-ever VEGAN meat(less)loaf to my kids. (I may have put it on a hamburger bun and told them it was a “burger”…)🤭
I don’t know if it’s the fact that I just never loved meat as a kid – even before I went vegetarian (or vegan), or that I just didn’t like the way my mother made hers, but all of a sudden, I am singing meat(less) loaf’s praises.
Made with @gardein beefless crumble, a whole lotta seasoning and the most amazing topping, this meat(less) loaf is easy, delish and totally kid-approved!
The Best-Ever Vegan Meatloaf
Prep time: 15 minutes Bake time: 50 minutes Dietary info: Nut-free, Oil-free
2 tablespoons ground flax
3 tablespoons warm water
1 (14 ounce) bag Gardein beefless crumble, thawed
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon ground mustard
¼ teaspoon sumac
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ cup unsweetened soy milk
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons ketchup, divided
2 tablespoons tamari, divided
2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350F and spray or lightly grease a 9” loaf pan. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the flax and water. Let stand for 5 minutes to thicken.
- In a large bowl, combine the Gardein Crumble, onion, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, sumac, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Add the milk, 2 tablespoons of ketchup, 1 tablespoon of tamari and the flax mixture and mix well to form the meatloaf. Don’t be afraid to use your hands to get it well-mixed. Transfer to the prepared loaf pan and press down to pack it firmly.
- In another small bowl, mix together 1/3 cup of ketchup, 1 tablespoon tamari and the brown sugar. Spread evenly on top of the meatloaf. Bake, uncovered for 50 minutes. Cool slightly before slicing.