Vegetarian Meatloaf

Katherine grew up eating her mother’s homemade meatloaf with ketchup smeared on top. Fast forward to becoming a vegetarian as an adult, and it was Nana Elinor who made this vegetarian version that captures the same delicious taste and childhood nostalgia.

STEP ONE – Preparations

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Lightly spray an 8×4-inch glass loaf pan with canola spray.
  3. Get out a small pot, a colander, and a food processor.
  4. Get out a small mixing bowl and a serving platter.

STEP TWO – Make the Meatloaf


1 cup lentils
1 small minced onion
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 large eggs
¼ cup homemade barbecue sauce (recipe below)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon fine sea salt 
½ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Fill the small pot with 2 cups of water, add a shake of salt, and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the lentils and simmer covered for 40 minutes. You can move on to the next step while you’re waiting.
  3. Drain the lentils in the colander and add to the food processor with the onion, breadcrumbs, cheeses, eggs, barbecue sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pulse until combined.

STEP THREE – Make the Barbecue Sauce


½ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon hot sauce
½ teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
½ teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. In the small mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, sugar, vinegar, hot sauce, soy sauce, honey, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.

STEP FOUR – Bake the Meatloaf

  1. Press the mixture into the pan and cover with aluminum foil.
  2. Bake for 30 minutes.
  3. Take out the pan, remove the foil, and spread the remaining barbecue sauce on top.
  4. Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
  5. Invert the meatloaf onto the serving platter.
  6. Cut the meatloaf into 8 slices and serve hot.

Recommended Serving Size: 1 slice (⅛ of recipe)

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 protein

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