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Meatless Monday — BBQ Neatloaf

By Fredrica Syren: 

No, there is not a misspelling in title: since my meatloaf does not contain any meat, I simply call neatloaf. People who are foreign to a vegetarian lifestyle tend to think that all we eat are salads or side dishes, nothing hardy or comforting at all. My neatloaf is definitely hardy and a comfort food; and there is no salad in it, whatsoever. This recipe is a staple at our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and always blows even the most avid carnivore’s mind. It’s perfect with a side of mashed or roasted potatoes and green beans.

  •  1 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, gratedCookbook neatloaf
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms of your choice, chopped (I love Portobello or chanterelles)
  • 2 cups of nuts (I love hazel nuts and almonds)
  • 2 tsp. all purpose flour Or use gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 ½ cups bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp. BBQ sauce + extra for spreading on top of loaf
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to F400.

Mix nuts in a food processor until they are coarsely chopped. Cook mushrooms in a dry frying pan on medium heat for a few minutes. Set aside. Add olive oil, and sauté onion and garlic on medium heat for 2 minutes. Sprinkle flour and nutritional yeast over and blend. Add broth and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add everything else and blend well. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until top feels dry. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before slicing it. Spread some more BBQ sauce over before serving. Yummm!!

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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