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ONE OF A KIND LOAF
Create your own meat-free loaf? Simply select one ingredient from each category, except Seasonings and Vegetable Seasonings, of which several can be used.
Legumes - 2 cups
cooked legumes of any variety, such as: lentils, kidney beans, garbanzos, pinto beans, soybeans, or tofu, etc.
Grains - 1 to 2 cups
whole grain bread crumbs, rolled or quick oats, cooked brown rice or millet, Grape-Nuts cereal, crushed whole grain cereal flakes, whole grain cracker crumbs, whole grain croutons, etc.
Nuts - 1/2 cup, chopped or ground
almonds, cashews, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, etc.
Liquid - 1 to 1 1/2 cups
broth from cooked vegetables, plain soy, nut, or grain milk, tomato juice or sauce, V8, etc.
Binder - 1
2 Tbsp. soy flour, 2 Tbsp. whole wheat flour, 2 to 3 Tbsp. gluten flour, 3 Tbsp. potato flour, 3 Tbsp. minute tapioca, 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, 1/2 cooked "cream of wheat",
2 Tbsp. soaked mung beans, blended, etc.
Seasonings - 1/2 to 2 tsp. of one or several as desired
cumin, sweet basil, Italian seasoning, oregano, parsley flakes, rosemary, sage, All-Purpose Seasoning, celery salt, garlic or onion salt or powder, salt, etc.
Vegetable Seasonings - 1 or more
1 chopped onion, 1 to 2 cloves minced garlic, 2 to 3 Tbsp. chopped pimiento,
1/4 cup chopped celery, 1/4 cup chopped green peppers, handful fresh parsley, etc.
*Mix all selected ingredients together. Press into a sprayed loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
*Serve with a light gravy, if desired. Can also be sliced and used as a sandwich filling. Freezes well.
For Patties or Meatballs:
*Mix selected ingredients together. Form into patties or meatballs
and bake, or brown in a sprayed nonstick griddle.
*For uniform shape and size of patties, use a canning jar ring and lid. Place lid inside ring and fill with loaf mixture. Invert over prepared pan, push lid and mixture through ring. If lid sticks to patty, slide a table knife between mixture and lid. You can also dip the lid and ring into water before filling it each time.
Examples of Loaves: One of a Kind Loaf and The Good Loaf
Try creating your own versions by going to this site: http://www.veganlunchbox.com/loaf_studio.html