Easy Vegetarian "Meat" Loaf

Meatloaf on a platter with broccoli and tomato sauce
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  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Vegetarian meatloaf makes a for an all-American comfort food for vegetarians. This vegetarian loaf recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.

Most vegetarian "meatloaf" recipes use lentils, rice, nuts, or a combination of all three for a base, but this one is made from store-bought mock meat, making it extra-meaty for meat-lovers and for anyone with a lentil aversion or nut allergy.

Vegetarian loaves are always best drizzled with lots of ketchup, in my opinion, so don't skimp on the ketchup! If you like meatloaf (and even if you really, really don't!), you'll probably like this very similar lower-fat and cholesterol-free vegetarian and vegan meatloaf recipe. Top it all off with your favorite vegetarian gravy, add a side salad, and you've got yourself an awesome vegan dinner, or even a vegetarian Thanksgiving entree

You will probably want to consider serving up your vegetarian loaf topped with a homemade vegetarian gravy (try this quite popular homemade mushroom gravy with your loaves), and, preferably, some homemade mashed potatoes, too. Or, serve up your vegetarian and vegan loaf with a simple side green salad, and you've got yourself a meal. Enjoy!

What You'll Need

  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green or red bell pepper (diced)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 2 packages Gimme Lean ground beef substitute
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal (uncooked)
  • 2 slices of bread (crumbled)
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

How to Make It

  1. First, pre-heat the oven to 375F and lightly grease a loaf pan.
  2. Sautee the garlic, onion and bell peppers in olive oil for a few minutes, until onions are very soft.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the onions and peppers with the ground beef substitute, oatmeal, bread crumbs, 3 tablespoons of ketchup, garlic salt, and pepper. Mix well, using your hands if needed.
  4. Press into a lightly greased loaf pan. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven when done.
  1. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard, and optional nutmeg, whisking together until smooth. Spread or drizzle this topping over the top of the loaf. Cook, uncovered, for another 15 minutes, or until done.​
  2. You're probably going to want to let your vegetarian meatloaf cool a fair amount before slicing into it to serve. Keep your loaf uncovered as it cools in order to allow a bit of extra moisture to release. This will help with allowing the loaf to firm up a bit as it cools. 
  3. After it has cooled for a few minutes, slice it up and enjoy! 
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
212 Calories
8g Fat
33g Carbs
5g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)