1. Lentil Loaf
Would you believe that this gluten-free and vegan lentil loaf is one of the most popular meals that are making a trend in the vegan diet? This vegetarian lentil loaf is made using very cheap and easy ingredients to acquire such as rice and lentils. Vegan families that are looking to save on high protein foods will find the inexpensive ingredients of this recipe great for them.
- 1 ½ cup lentils (plain brown is best)
- 3 ½ cups of vegetable broth or water
- 2 diced onions
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups cooked rice
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup BBQ sauce or ketchup
- ½ tsp sage
- ¾ tsp Italian seasoning
Start by pre-heating the oven to 350 degrees. Simmer your lentils in the water or vegetable broth using a large soup pot until they are cooked in about 30 minutes. Make sure that these lentils are very soft so that they are going to mash up easily.
Drain your lentils and start mashing them up. Begin sautéing your garlic and onions in olive oil (canola and vegetable will work too) for 3-5 minutes until soft. Combine your garlic, onions and mashed lentils and then add the pre-cooked rice, ketchup, salt, Italian seasoning and sage. Press the entire mixture lightly in a greased loaf pan and add a bit of ketchup or BBQ sauce as desired.
Bake your lentil loaf in the pre-heated oven for an hour. Let it cool a bit before you serve to ensure that your lentil loaf is firm. This recipe makes six vegetarian servings and are great for people who miss their omnivore days.
2. Black Bean Vegetarian Burger
If you miss eating burgers, you might want to try the all-vegan black bean burger substitute for your protein needs. This burger is filling, satisfying and will keep you chocked full of energy for hours. It is very easy to make as well, which are qualities in a vegetarian meal you’d want. It just uses up four ingredients as well as a few seasonings.
- ½ chopped small onion
- 1 can of well-drained black beans
- 2 slices of crumbed bread
- ½ tsp seasoned salt or regular salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ cup flour
- Extra salt and pepper to taste
- Cooking oil for frying
Begin by sautéing the onions for 3-5 minutes until they are soft. In a large bowl, start mashing the black beans until they become smooth. Combine the sautéed onions to your beans, together with the crumbled bread, garlic powder, seasoned salt and onion powder. Mix them well. Add the flour a few tablespoons at a time and then mix well again. You should use your hands so that you can make your vegan burger mix very thick.
With your black bean mixture ready, you can now form them into individual patties about ½ inch in thickness. You can do this best by rolling a handful into a ball and then flatten them gently. When you’re done, fry your black bean patties in a little oil over medium-low heat until they are lightly browned and firm on both sides. Frying each patty for 3 minutes would do.
Combine your patties with your slices of bread and enjoy all the other veggie fixings you want to add to it. You can also eat this in a plate with knife and fork together with ketchup!