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“What we eat determines how well our digestion works.”
~Alex Jamieson, Author & Vegan Chef


Okay, you guessed it…there’s no meat in this one. But it is fun and nicely textured just the same!

I have tried lots of vegetarian meatloaf recipes over the past few months, and none of them could manage to tickle my fancy as far as texture. They were all crumbly or flaky in their end result, and when they did act like a loaf, they certainly did not taste like anything that resembles meat.

So, after some disastrous experimentation, I have come up with something passable. This is not exactly the right texture, but it is closer than most.

Somehow, I seem to have become the faux-foods lady, developing lots of recipes to replace people’s meaty favorites and old time instant foods with something more acceptable to their new healthy and vegetarian ideals.

The gravy is deliciously beefy, but the “meat”loaf is transitional. I remain completely open to suggestions on this one and do not consider it to be a 100% completed recipe. So, try it out and let me know what you think.

    “Meat”loaf with Beef-like Mushroom Gravy
    Makes: 2 regular sized loaves
    Prep Time: 60 minutes



    2 cups Beef-flavour TVP (Soy Protein)
    3 3/4 cups warm water
    1 cup bread crumbs
    3 eggs
    2 tbs yeast extract
    1 tbs malt extract
    2 tbs rice or soy milk
    4 tbs flour
    4 cloves garlic, diced fine
    1 small onion, diced
    2 tbs Italian herbs
    2 tsp salt
    1 tsp black pepper

    Beef-like Mushroom Gravy

    1-2 large mushrooms, chopped small
    2 cups water
    2 tbs yeast extract
    1 tbs malt extract
    5-7 tbs corn starch (or other thickener)
    1 tbs chives
    pinch of onion salt
    salt (to taste)
    pepper (to taste)

For “meat”loaf:

1. Dissolve yeast and malt extract in the warm water and add TVP. Let soak for 20 minutes.

2. Wring the liquid out of the TVP, one handful at a time and place in a mixing bowl.

3. Add the breadcrumbs, eggs, flour and all other ingredients.

4. Mix thoroughly and press into greased loaf pans.

5. Cover with a 1/2 inch of gravy and bake at 200°C or 400°F for 30-40 minutes.

6. Cut and serve with mashed potatoes or salad.

For beef-like mushroom gravy:

1. Place 2 cups of water in a suacepan over medium-high heat.

2. Dissolve yeast and malt extracts into the water.

3. Add the chopped mushrooms, salt pepper and chives.

4. When water is warm, but NOT yet boiling add and whisk the corn starch.

5. Boil and allow to thicken, adding more corn starch as needed.

6. Ladle over “meat”loaf before baking and over mashed potatoes before serving.


This is working on becoming one of my favorite recipe combos! But, again, after trying these, please add any suggestions that you may have to the comments.

Bon Appetit!

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  • Wow! Your meatloaf looks awesome. Very traditional and yummy :). Great job!

  • Looks like I have some shopping to do tomorrow. This looks great!

    Thanks for a great post!

  • Thanks for sharing your work with us! Your theme is just awesome!

  • Missy

    I too have been looking for a good “meatloaf” recipe and this does indeed look divine, but where does one buy barley and yeast extracts?