Vegan Meat Loaf
1-1/2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs (about 2-3 slices of bread)
1-1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup small onion, diced
1 tsp minced garlic
2 celery sticks, diced
3/4 cup carrots, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
3 Tbsps. soy sauce or tamari
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. dried sage
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
sea salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper.
Cook bulgur according to package directions. Cooks on the stove or in a rice cooker in about 15-minutes.
Dice the veggies--onion, garlic, celery, bell pepper, carrots, and walnuts.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl (including the fully-cooked bulgur). Mix with a spoon, or do like I do and use your hands to mix thoroughly.
Press into prepared dish. Poke holes all over the top with a finger, then spread a thin layer of ketchup over the top with a spatula.
Bake for 60 minutes. I broil mine for the last 5 minutes, just to get that browned top.
Helpful Hint– a blender or food processor makes it easy to make bread crumbs. Also great chopping walnuts.