Estrema Vegan Makeover: "Meat" Loaf Edition

Una televisione cibo tossicodipendente reo confesso, la maggior parte degli spettacoli e precauzioni non hanno nulla a che fare con la cucina vegan. Non hanno molto a che fare con una sana alimentazione sia. Ancora, Io sintonizzarsi Dinner: Impossibile, Top Chef, Cucina dell'inferno, Iron Chef e uno dei miei programmi preferiti, Throwdown con Bobby Flay. Mi piace guardare Bobby Flay challenge people who excel at one particular dish to a cooking throwdown. It’s hard to know who to root for. On the one hand, I like Bobby and want him to win but on the other hand, it’s nice to see ordinary people get their moment of victory over a Master. Even Bobby acts like he wants his opponents to win! He is gracious and humble and that makes him even more likeable. It doesn’t hurt that he’s married to Stephanie March who plays my favorite Assistant D.A. on Law & Order: SVU. They even filmed an episode of Boy Meets Grill together where Stephanie taught Bobby her version of meatloaf.

My favorite Iron Chef episodes are the ones where Bobby competes. His signature southwestern dishes always make my mouth water. No matter what he prepares, you know it’s going to be colorful and full of flavor. Bobby combines multitudes of herbs and spices to create sauces and glazes in the most spectacular colors. The flavor just jumps off the screen.

I never got the chance to visit any of Bobby Flay’s restaurants before I became vegan and now I know I never will. Tristamente, his new burger joints, Bobby’s Burger Palace, do not even offer a veggie burger! Ancora, when I saw a recipe in the February/March 2009 issue of Food Network Magazine for Bobby’s lighter version of meatloaf (it uses ground turkey), I knew it had vegan potential and set about making my own version of it. I guess you could say I challenged Bobby to a vegan meatloaf throwdown without his knowing about it 🙂

I thought about making it with the usual suspects: fagioli, noccioline, tofu, but I wanted it to really taste like the meatloaf I used to make before I went veg. It’s rare that I ever use processed mock meats but one product I like is Lightlife’s Gimme Lean. It is vegan and comes in both ground beef and sausage style. One tube is equivalent to 1 lb. of meat. Each serving contains 7 grams of protein and absolutely no fat. The package also says, “We do not use soybeans that were produced using biotechnology.” Gimme Lean is low in calories and that makes my diet happy. Using the Gimme Lean Ground Beef Style in the recipe made for a delicious “meat” loaf reminiscent of the classic style but my husband, Tom, said this version was even better. Friends who have tried my recipe said they loved it. It tastes even better the next day when leftovers find their way into sandwiches. Filled with veggies, low in calories and cruelty-free, this version is a Vegan Throwdown winner!

Rhea’s Vegetable “Meat” Loaf with Balsamic Glaze
Serve 6-8

2 cucchiaino. olio extra vergine di oliva
1 zucchine, tagliata a cubetti
1 zucca gialla, tagliata a cubetti
2 peperoni, assorted colors, tagliata a cubetti
5 guanti aglio, grattugiato o tritato finemente
½ cucchiaino. peperoncino
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
¼-cup ground flaxseed
1 tbs. finely chopped fresh thyme, oppure 1 cucchiaino. essiccati
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tube Gimme Lean “Ground Beef Style”
¾-cup Panko bread crumbs
4 tbs. lievito alimentare
¾-cup ketchup
¼ cup plus 2 Tbs. aceto balsamico


1. Preriscaldare il forno a 425 gradi. Heat oil in large sauté pan over high heat. Add zucchini, squash, peperoni, aglio, and ¼ tsp. peperoncino. Condire con sale e pepe. Cook until veggies are almost soft, circa 5 min. Mettere da parte a raffreddare.

2. In una grande ciotola, add fresh herbs, Gimme Lean, Panko bread crumbs, lino, lievito alimentare, ½ tazza di ketchup, 2 tbs. aceto balsamico, and the cooked veggies. Mix until just combined.

3. Gently press the mixture into a loaf pan. Whisk the remaining ¼-cup ketchup, ¼-cup balsamic vinegar and ¼ tsp. peperoncino in una piccola ciotola; brush the mixture over the entire loaf. Cuocere per circa 45 min. Take out of oven and let sit for about 10 minutes to set before slicing. Godere!

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9 Le risposte alla Estrema Vegan Makeover: "Meat" Loaf Edition

  1. Maunone Tanner Dicembre 23, 2013 a 9:54 pm #

    So happy to find a good vegan “carne” pagnotta. I’ve tried some complicated versions and even the vegan version at Whole Foods doesn’t compare — delicious and reminiscent of Mom’s!

    • Rhea Dicembre 24, 2013 a 1:09 pm #

      Reminiscent of Mom’s is the greatest compliment I could ever get! Thank you so much Maunone!

  2. Tom Dicembre 18, 2009 a 1:12 pm #

    Ottima ricetta! My savage friends and family will even be impressed with this one.

  3. Christy Ottobre 25, 2009 a 5:01 su #

    This sounds so good. Io vado a provarlo.

    Grazie per il tuo blog. I have just discovered it and plan to read all your posts. It’s like finding a store where everything is in my size and style! Bonanza!!

  4. Zoey Ottobre 15, 2009 a 12:09 pm #

    I love that you challenged Bobby Flay to a vegan meatloaf throwdown without him knowing about it- that made me smile. Yours looks delicious!

  5. Ginny Messina Ottobre 1, 2009 a 7:49 su #

    Why am I just now discovering your blog? It’s wonderful! I’m going to try this recipe over the weekend.

  6. Tom Settembre 30, 2009 a 6:48 su #

    It’s the best I’ve ever had! You can count on it as a real entree for everyone.

  7. Furyfaerie84 Settembre 27, 2009 a 2:26 pm #

    Sounds really good and you could definately compete in a cookoff with Bobby Flay!

  8. kversteeg Settembre 27, 2009 a 11:44 su #

    This sounds SO GOOD! I think you need to challenge Bobby Flay to a Vegan cook-off. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see what he can come up with??


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