Posts tagged vegan meatloaf
Hearty Holiday Entrées that are not the Classic Vegan Roast

You know me and my hearty holiday vegan roasts, I simply love them. Whether they're store-bought, made with seitan, our lentil and mushroom holiday roasts, nut roasts, mushroom roasts, etc, I love feeling that there's a traditional hearty main entrée in the center of the table. Since most of our friends and family who come over for Thanksgiving and Christmas aren't vegan, I always love to serve something that will seem familiar. It's why when non-vegans come over and they see this giant platter of perfectly sliced seitan roast with mushroom gravy slathered all over it they get VERY excited! Now we even have ready made roasts from brands like Tofurky, Gardein and Field Roast which even come with their own gravy and all you have to do is heat them up, cook up some sides and you have a perfect holiday meal.

What if however, this year you wanted to make something different. What if, you live in an area where these products aren't as readily available and you want to create something hearty, using simple staples you can find at the grocery store? What if you don't have the time this year to make big holiday roast from scratch? What if you simply want to mix things up and surprise your guests with something different this year? Today's episode and post is all about those hearty vegan main dishes you can make when you want to skip the classic vegan roast.

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A Thanksgiving Feast!: Vegan Versions of Traditional Thanksgiving Favorites

Can you believe we're just a few days away from Thanksgiving?! Our recent trip to London made me completely lose track of time, which meant I hadn't planned my menu, I hadn't bought the elusive pecans before the store ran out like last year, I hadn't even told the family when and where! So yes, there were a few moments of panic, rapid-fire planning, but finally, it seems to all be coming together. 

In last week's episode and post we talked about those conversations that happen at the table when we're surrounded by non-vegan friends and family, and last year for Thanksgiving, I gave you tons of tips for prepping for the day, as well as some social tips for all my new vegans out there. This year, I thought we would make it all about the food! After all, what is Thanksgiving but a day that symbolizes the sharing of food together, and being thankful for the bounty nature has provided us, the fact that we have a warm plate of food on our table and a roof over our heads. It truly is a celebration of food!

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Chestnut and Lentil Loaf

There's a scene in the film The Wedding Crashers in which Will Ferrell's character screams to his mother: "maaaaa!!!!! the meatloaf!!!!!". It's a little funny bit we do at our house whenever I make this delicious dish I'm teaching you how to make today. Meatloaf was always a big part of my childhood. My mom would serve it with mashed potatoes, lots of ketchup on the side, green beans, and the leftovers would be made into sandwiches later on which was possibly the best part.

Today I'm teaching you how to make a classic meatloaf without any meat! Animal meat that is, because let me tell you that lentils and the rest of the ingredients in this recipe will give you nothing less than the meatiest meatloaf. Although there are endless ways to make a lentil loaf, today I've done it using chestnuts, which makes this dish perfect for the holiday season, and really good next to any of our gravies or pan sauces, not to mention the simple addition of a little extra ketchup on the side.

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