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Jun 29, 2006 07:39 PM

Neatloaf Report (vegetarian meatloaf)

I love meatloafs, but sometimes that much meat compacted into such a small form is just too much.

After trying a neatloaf (with an n) for the first time, I realized that I liked meatloafs in large part because they're a vehicle for barbeque sauce. The neatloaf, made with tofu, grains, cheese, and other healthy ingredients, is much more nutritionally balanced than a meatloaf. With a side of something green, it becomes a very healthy meal indeed, and is vegetarian while having the flavor and bulk of a meat entree.

Have others tried this, or something similar? What else could I add to this?

4 eggs
1/3 LB low-fat ricotta cheese (I've substituted plain Greek style yogurt, the thicker the better)
1/3 LB firm tofu, mashed into small pieces(I prefer silken)
1/4 cup oil (canola, vegetable, grapeseed, or olive)
1/3 cup onions, diced and sauteed
3 cloves garlic, diced and sauteed with the onions, then cooled
1/2 cup cooked brown rice (up to 1 cup)
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. rosemary (herbs can be dried or fresh)
4 cups (dry measured) Special K (any cereal with flakes in it is fine)
1/3 package Lipton's onion soup mix (or one tablespoon each of onion and garlic powder)

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  1. Well I wouldn't call it vegetarian because of the eggs however I do see the possibilities. This could be a good grain-healthy alternative especially for us meat eaters who are trying to cut back on the amount of meat we eat! ;)

    My first thought was to substitute the brown rice for quinoa and add some shredded sharp cheddar. I would also eliminate the processed stuff and sub steel cut oats for cereal and use all fresh/dried seasonings for the onion soup mix. It's getting too hot for meatloaf here but I will have try this come fall. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. re: foodieX2

      It's certainly not *vegan*, but plenty of vegetarians eat eggs. They are not flesh.

      I like the idea of using oats instead of cereal. Too many cereals have that weird vitamin-y after-tone to them.

    2. I definitely recommend taking out all the processed ingredients and upping the amount of natural and fresh. Personally, I find the onion soup mix horrifyingly MSG laden. Cheese sounds great, I'll try that next time.

      1. That looks *so* delicious and I'm adding it to my list of dishes to make.