Cauliflower-and-Bean-Loaf (Meatless “Meatloaf” Recipe)

It’s not meatloaf, but it’s pretty damn close! This meat-less “meatloaf” recipe is super simple and only requires a few ingredients.

Now, growing up a little country, I’m partial to the meatloaf I grew up on: mixture of 2-3 meats, molded together, then covered in ketchup. However, I’ll take meatloaf, or meatloaf substitutes, really any type of way with any type of topping. It’s my favorite comfort food.

I found myself craving meatloaf, or an easy meal prep like it, so I decided to try this out and see how it goes. Spoiler: It went great. I’m someone who particularly enjoys texture, by the way, so you may find you want to chop up everything or throw it into a food processor or whatever you use to get a finer texture.

Most of this was made by feel, so in getting the consistency right, I kept adding flax seed as needed. So keep that in mind this recipe. This recipe would also be wonderful with all sorts of green veggies, I was just low on them at the time.

Ingredients:

  • Head of cauliflower
  • 1 can of drained, rinsed red kidney beans
  • 1 can of drained, rinsed chickpeas
  • Finely ground flax seed
  • Eggs or egg beaters
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Meatloaf topping of your choice, I used my favorite store-bought marinara sauce

Recipe:

  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees
  • Chop up/ground up your beans and cauliflower to the consistency you want for texture.
    • I sometimes also take a potato masher to work the ingredients into a smoother mixture after chopping up thicker ingredients like the cauliflower.
  • Add your seasonings and the chopped vegetables into a bowl
  • Add 1-2 eggs and mush the ingredients together by hand – use food-safe gloves if you’re squeamish
  • Add in about a cup of ground flax seed, mix together.
  • Keep adding egg/flax seed until your mixture stiffens and can hold its mold
  • Spray/line a baking pan with foil, mold “meatloaf” mixture into your dream meatloaf shape
  • Top with your choice of sauce, as mentioned above, I did a thin layer of marinara
  • Bake for about 30 minutes until it’s baked through and a little crispy
  • Serve with an extra serving of your sauce drizzled on top
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