When I first went vegan – now five days shy of a year – it was a challenge to eat a plate of vegetables and starch. All my life I had a sense of balance between meat, veggies and starch. So when I was a rookie vegan, I tried out a lot of meat substitutes. Honestly I never found many that were tasty and healthy. I went a different route. I depended on stir-fry veggies with lots of onions and garlic. Tofu became my daily addiction. It worked. After a few months, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything.
Lately I’ve been trying new recipes to make meat substitutes at home. It’s totally different from what I bought from the store long ago.
Take for example this meal. It’s something I never in my dreams would have thought to eat before.
- 1 1/2 cup Brown Rice
- 1 cup Walnuts
- 1 cup Vital Wheat Gluten
- 1 cup Applesauce
- 2 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseed mixed with 2 Tablespoons warm water
- 2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
- 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Broth
- 2 Tablespoons Sage
- 1 Teaspoon Oregano
- 1 Teaspoon Thyme
- 1 Teaspoon Paprika
- Salt and Pepper to taste
You start out pulsing the walnuts and rice. Keep it chunky. Then you mix everything else in a large bowl. It quickly starts to look like a pound of ground beef. Once it’s mixed well, the recipe I followed said to cover it and let it stand in the refrigerator overnight. This morning it looked like meatloaf. I cut it into slices.
I’ve had this for breakfast, lunch and dinner today. Seriously it’s that good! It’s especially good with ketchup and onions. This is definitely a new addition to my diet.
Just a note, I found this recipe in my new slow cooker book. There’s an option it put this loaf in the slow cook for two hours on high. Maybe I’ll try that someday.
One other thing. We didn’t have applesauce. But we did have apples. Thanks to Google, we found out that making applesauce is really easy and fast. You skin and core the apples and cut them into cubes. Then, with two apples, you add a couple of tablespoon of sugar, a half a cup of water and some cinnamon. Boil for 20 minutes and mash it. That’s it = Applesauce!