Not Your Mom’s “Meatloaf”

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Not Your Mom’s “Meatloaf”

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Not Your Mom’s “Meatloaf”

One of our favorite meals used to be meatloaf. I am not sure where she learned it, but Karen could always just whip it up on the fly by memory. It was slightly different every time but it always turned out great. We found you can do the very same thing swapping out the meat and using black bean patties instead. This recipe is a little more involved, so you will want to do this when you have a little more time (not much). Once you get this down, you can easily swap out the sides and make it a different meal each time. We will start with the basics “meat” and potatoes. But it would go great with roasted cauliflower or asparagus. This is also great leftover for lunch – ‘meatloaf’ sandwiches!



1 large carrot (finely chopped)

2 stalks celery (finely chopped)

1 regular yellow onion (finely chopped)

¼ cup cilantro (finely chopped)

3 cloves garlic (pressed)

1 small jalapeño (finely chopped)

1 cup walnuts

2 slices Ezekiel Bread (roughly chopped)

¼ cup whole grain bread crumbs

2 15 oz cans black beans (drained and rinsed)

1 Tbsp tomato paste

2 tbsp chili sauce

1 Tbsp tahini

1 Tbsp tamari

1 cup cheese (or vegan cheese) (finely grated)

¼ tsp black pepper

½ tsp basil

1 tsp chili powder

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp ground cumin

¼ cup ketchup (I use sugar free)

¼ cup nutritional yeast

½ tsp oregano

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

2 large sweet potatoes cubed

1 regular yellow onion chopped

1 regular green bell pepper (chopped)

1 Tbsp coconut oil

cajun seasoning


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. Over medium-high heat, in a medium sauce pan sauté onion (1), celery, carrot and garlic until onions are translucent. Set aside to let cool.
  3. In a food processor, blend the bread and walnuts. Set aside.
  4. Mash beans in a mixing bowl (leave a few half beans for texture, but no whole beans).
  5. Add nutritional yeast, bread crumbs, chili powder, ground cumin, tomato paste, cilantro (chopped), and jalapeño (finely chopped). (NOTE: If you are using leftover Black Bean Burger patties (5-6) (or meat), you can skip these ingredients & this step)
  6. Add oregano, basil, black pepper, tahini, tamari, chili sauce, cheese, the sautéd (onion, celery, carrot, garlic), the (bread, walnut mixture) and mix well.
  7. Lightly oil an 8-inch loaf pan and firmly pack loaf mixture into pan.
  8. Bake for 30 min, pour ketchup on top and bake for another 10 min.
  9. Remove and let cool before serving.
  10. Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  11. Chop onion and bell pepper. Cube sweet potato(es).
  12. Add to plastic bag
  13. Add coconut oil and Cajun seasoning.
  14. Shake well.
  15. Place on baking sheet evenly.
  16. Bake at 450 for about 20 – 30 min or until they are the consistency you like them. If you are cooking in the same oven as the “meatloaf,” you can add them in for about 25 min with the “meatloaf” and then broil at 450 for about 5 min after you take the ‘meatloaf’ out to cool.


  1. Lauren Lanni says

    This was our favorite recipe so far! We might just make all the sweet potatoes this way in the future.

  2. The Kitchen Skinny says

    This is one of our favorites too…this one is even better leftover for lunch!

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