Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bringin' Back "Loaf"

Many thanks for all of the get well wishes you've sent my way! In my NyQuil-induced stupor, it has definitely brought a smile to face :)

Tonight we'll tackle a dish with the most un-flattering name, but a most delightful taste: Vegan Veggie Loaf. I know what you're thinking: tacking the word "loaf" onto a main course dish doesn't exactly conjure up images of a culinary masterpiece.

You'll need to move past the word "loaf" though, because this recipe really rocks. It's kind of like meeting a supermodel named Gertrude. Or Bertha. Don't judge a book by its cover, friends.

I first ran across the inspiration for this recipe at Nicci's blog, Nifty Eats. Her uber-unique and healthy recipe is reminscient of old-fashioned meatloaf...modernized and minus the meat of course. I added sauteed carrots and bell pepper to up the veggie factor, but you could certainly get creative with whatever mix-ins suit your fancy (if you're not committed to a vegan meal, I imagine shredded sharp cheddar would be an outstanding addition). This is also a great recipe if you're looking for a way to use up leftover cooked rice.

I'm hoping tonight will be the last night for NyQuil--I'm heading out on a road trip to Cleveland for the weekend, and my friend Katie has planned some delicious "Foodie" stops for us!

What's your favorite city/town to visit for fun Foodie destinations?

Vegan Veggie Loaf

(adapted from the Vegetarian Loaf recipe from Nicci's Nifty Eats)

As usual, get creative with your mix-ins to this highly-adaptable "loaf." Grated cheddar with go quite well if you're not tied to a vegan meal.

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 of a bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs (or your own homemade bread crumbs)
  • 3 TBSP ketchup
  • 3 TBSP barbeque sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • a sprinkling of brown sugar
  • Optional: shredded sharp cheddar cheese


1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray cooking spray in a loaf pan.

2) Heat a little olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, peas, carrot, and bell pepper. Saute until just barely softened (about 4 minutes). Remove from heat.

3) Combine all ingredients in a large bowl (including cheese, if you're using it)--mix it with your hands if you want! Put mixture into loaf pan, cover with foil, and bake for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly/set up for 5 minutes before cutting (it doesn't come out in beautiful slices per se--a little on the crumbly side, but it still tastes as delicious as ever). Serve with salad or roasted veggies on the side.


  1. i never been to cleveland! i want to visit someday to check it out!

    i have to say LA. LA has a lot of fantastic restaurants!!!

  2. I've never made a brown-rice-and-oats loaf! Looks good. I bet it'd be yummy to replace the rice with lentils, too!

    Have fun on your trip :D

  3. This looks so good!! ANd so healthy! I actually really love meatloaf, but this could def be a good replacement!

  4. Wonderful! Now I just need a big plate of mashed potatoes and green beans...I'm almost back to my childhood! This looks so much better than the "meatloaf" my mom use to serve us (no offense mom). I love all the veggies, especially the peas! Thanks for sharing!

  5. San Francisco, NYC, and apparently Portland is awesome too. I've just never visited though!

  6. i've never had a veggie loaf before, this one is sure making me hungry. I love all the ingredients in here so i know it's going to be awesome. thanks for sharing this, have a lovely weekend.

  7. This looks really good!

    Have a great weekend!

  8. glad you're feeling better... this looks good. i love all the veggies!

  9. CLEVELAND! I lived there for four years and miss it! It's actually one of my favorite foodie cities, too! Fav spots: Tommy's, Mint Cafe (both are in Coventry, which is where I lived), No. 1 Pho, Melt, East Coast Custard, Aladdin's (best hummus EVER), Krazy Mac's, Koko Bakery...I could go on and on! I'm so jealous and excited for you. :) Have fun - Cleveland really does rock!

    That loaf does actually sound really delicious, by the way. :)

  10. oh I've never thought of making anything like this - looks great!

  11. Ooh, this looks delicious! I really have to make a loaf soon... I was never a fan of meatloaf when I ate meat, but this sounds so delicious!