Unfortunately, I started craving a protein-and-vegetable-filled loaf. My only real requirement was that it involve ketchup. Also, it needed to use ingredients I actually have, which does not include cheese. Annoyingly, this limited me to vegan recipes that are specifically called "vegan" because all the "vegetarian" ones use about a pound of cheese. Which I don't have.
I found this recipe on Eat, Live, Run and adapted it to my ingredients. All I really did was use almonds instead of walnuts and add ketchup to the mix. I'm not adverse to trying other recipes, but this one was so successful that I'd rather not until I run out of panko bread crumbs and need to find a recipe that doesn't need them. Oatmeal might do the trick, though.
Vegan Lentil Loaf
Ingredients1 c lentils
3 c water
1 cube vegetable bouillon
1 large onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 large carrot, grated
4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 c chopped almonds, toasted
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cornstarch egg (or flax or real; 1 tbsp cornstarch in 3 tbsp water)
1 c breadcrumbs
1/3 c ketchup
2 tbsp ketchup
1/2 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp bbq sauce
ProcedurePreheat the oven to 350 F.
Bring water to a boil and add lentils. Don't add the bouillon until the lentils are pretty soft (about 20 min).
Dice onion and celery, add to a medium skillet with olive oil and saute until celery is tender.
Grate the carrot finely and mince garlic. Stir the lentils and onion/celery skillet from time to time.
Add the salt, herbs, and pepper. Stir in very well; it will be very salty, herby, and peppery. Transfer to a large bowl.
Make and add your egg. If you use a real egg, beat it slightly before adding it. Stir well, or your breadcrumbs will get all soggy. Make sure your lentils are tender. If not, wait until they are before adding breadcrumbs.
Drain any excess water out of the lentils.
Taste it. Decide that it needs ketchup.
Pour and spread ketchup mixture over the loaf.
It doesn't really taste like meatloaf. It doesn't really feel like meatloaf. However, it's close enough for me.