Saturday, April 15, 2006

One of a Kind Loaf

Create your own meat-free loaf? Simply select one ingredient from each category, except Seasonings and Vegetable Seasonings, of which several can be used.

Legumes - 2 cups

cooked legumes of any variety, such as: lentils, kidney beans, garbanzos, pinto beans, soybeans, or tofu, etc.

Grains - 1 to 2 cups

whole grain bread crumbs, rolled or quick oats, cooked brown rice or millet, Grape-Nuts cereal, crushed whole grain cereal flakes, whole grain cracker crumbs, whole grain croutons, etc.

Nuts - 1/2 cup, chopped or ground

almonds, cashews, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, etc.

Liquid - 1 to 1 1/2 cups

broth from cooked vegetables, plain soy, nut, or grain milk, tomato juice or sauce, V8, etc.

Binder - 1

2 Tbsp. soy flour, 2 Tbsp. whole wheat flour, 2 to 3 Tbsp. gluten flour, 3 Tbsp. potato flour, 3 Tbsp. minute tapioca, 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, 1/2 cooked "cream of wheat", 2 Tbsp. soaked mung beans, blended, etc.

Seasonings - 1/2 to 1 tsp. of one or several as desired (I would use more than this recipe calls for; it's the *secret* of this loaf; double or more).

cumin, sweet basil, Italian seasoning, oregano, parsley flakes, rosemary, sage, All-Purpose Seasoning, celery salt, garlic or onion salt or powder, food yeast flakes, salt, Vegex, Liquid Aminos, etc.

Vegetable Seasonings - 1 or more

1 chopped onion, 1 to 2 cloves minced garlic, 2 to 3 Tbsp. chopped pimiento, 1/4 cup chopped celery, 1/4 cup chopped green peppers, handful fresh parsley, etc.

General Directions:

Mix all selected ingredients together. Press into a sprayed loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve with a light gravy, if desired. Can also be sliced and used as a sandwich filling. Freezes well.

For Patties: Mix selected ingredients together. Form into patties and bake, or brown in a sprayed nonstick griddle. For uniform shape and size of patties, use a canning jar ring and lid. Place lid inside ring and fill with loaf mixture. Invert over prepared pan, push lid and mixture through ring. If lid sticks to patty, slide a table knife between mixture and lid.

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