Tofu Loaf – Vegan Recipe

Vegan Meatloaf

My family loves meatloaf and mashed potato meals, but the vegans tend to gaze sadly at the loaf. I’ve made loafs in the past using prepared vegan meats, but this was my first try for meatloaf from non-prepared ingredients and it came out quite delicious!

Ingredients

1 container extra firm tofu
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup TVP crumbles
1/2 cup almonds
1 sleeve wheat saltines (or 1.5 cups wheat bread crumbs)
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
4 T olive oil

Process

Food process or blend crackers to a fine powder. Add almonds, TVP, and sundried tomatoes and continue to blend/process until a consistently fine mix. Mix in the spices.

Remove tofu from package and let drain.

Crumble tofu into a bowl and add 2 T olive oil. Mix in the dry ingredients. Combine well.

Press into a loaf pan (this should about 1/2 fill the pan to the top). Spread remaining olive oil over the top.

Cover with foil and bake at 375* for 40-45 minutes. If desired, remove foil and add some ketchup to the top and then return to oven for an additional 5-10 minutes.

Serve with mashed potatoes (use soy or rice milk, vegan butter, and/or vegan cream cheese to blend) or on sandwiches.

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Vegan Colcannon – Recipe

This old Irish recipe traditionally contains cabbage, but here kale is substituted and it’s extremely yummy.  This makes a great comfort food side dish with a little nutrition wrapped in!  Even my greens haters will eat it.

Colcannon

5 lb chopped potatoes (peeled or not)
5 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
4 T 0live oil
8 cups roughly chopped kale
3 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp liquid smoke
2 T nutritional yeast (optional)
4 T soy milk or creamer
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop potatoes (skins on or off) and put on to boil.  Put olive oil and garlic in a large pan and sauté the garlic until fragrant.  Add kale, soy sauce, and liquid smoke and toss to coat. Cook kale at medium high until tender.  When potatoes are tender, drain.  While potatoes are draining, add milk to kale mix to warm.  Then combine ingredients and mash by hand or with an electric mixer.  I leave these a little more solid than I would mashed potatoes, since the kale is in there.  Salt and pepper to taste.