How to make the very best southern, soul food style VEGETARIAN Meatloaf.. Who’s ready to be amazed?!
An Easy and Delicious Southern Style Vegetarian Meatloaf Recipe!
Recently I challenged my husband to go a week without meat. I swear to you, the man looked at me like I had lost my mind! LOL!! He fired back with ” If you can make a vegetarian meatloaf, I will go meatless for two weeks”.. Now, I’m not sure if he realized who he was talking or not, but clearly he had me twisted! Chile’ I got my butt up, headed to the kitchen, and took on the challenge. It took me about three attempts, but darn it- I DID it! I came up with a bangin’ vegetarian meatloaf recipe ( soul food style of course!). My husband was amazed! He couldn’t believe that I made a vegetarian meatloaf. He cleaned his plate, and asked me to make it again! BTW, his butt didn’t go meat free for 2 weeks, but he did manage to go a week without meat!
So how did I do it? What ingredients did I use for my vegetarian meatloaf? Read down below 😉
My vegetarian meatloaf is mostly made of red beans, quinoa, and quick oats. Like other meatloaf recipes, this one has peppers, onions, and garlic.
I like to use fresh herbs for this meatloaf such as rosemary, sage, and thyme. However, dry herbs can be used.
While you’re here, check out some of my other vegetarian recipes!
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Prepping this vegetarian meatloaf is a little time consuming, but the end result is worth it.
Try it out, and tell me what you think!
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Southern Style Vegan Meatloaf
- 215 oz can of red kidney bean, undrained
- 2 cups brown quinoa cooked
- 2 1/4 cups quick oats uncooked
- 1 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- 1 medium bell pepper
- 1 medium yellow or white onion
- 5 green onions
- 3 large carrots
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary leaves chopped
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 3 sage leaves chopped
- 2 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3/4 cup BBQ sauce
- Toss the carrots, bell peppers, and onions in a food processor or blender.
- Pulse until everything is well minced, then place everything in a large mixing bowl.
- Next add the beans( with the liquid in the can), cooked quinoa, and oats in the food processor, and pulse until everything is well combined.
- Add the quinoa, oats, and bean mixture into the mixing bowl with the veggies.
- Now add in the garlic, chopped herbs, and seasonings.
- Drizzle in the olive oil.
- Mix the ingredients, and pour in the vegetable broth.
- Sprinkle in the cornmeal.
- Mix again until everything is well combined.
- lightly oil a 9 x 5 loaf pan then add in the "meatloaf" mixture.
- Bake on 375 F for 45 minutes.
- Remove the meatloaf from the pan, then place on a cookie sheet.
- Slather on the BBQ sauce.
- Put the meatloaf back in the oven, and bake until the sauce is nice and sticky ( about 15 minutes).
- Remove from the oven, and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Serve, and enjoy!
could I substitute something else for the Quinoa maybe rice
Hi Jackie – Yes! You can use brown rice 🙂
Ms. Cook says
Hi Rosie, literally LOVE all your soul food recipes…. PLEASE KEEP THE VIDEOS coming….. especially for the vegetarian recipes (I’m trying to convert) and REALLY need your videos. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HARDWORK!!!!!!
Hi Ms. Cook! I will definitely keep the recipes coming, but as of now it’s impossible for me to do videos for ALL of my recipes 🙁
Do you think I could do the first part (before baking) and refrigerate in advance to be baked off next day?
Hi Kate! Absolutely! XOXO
Lauren Goldstein says
I’ve tried another one of your recipes before and loved it. I keep regular oats at hime, not quick oats. Do you think that will work? Or do you know how to make an adjustment to accommodate for regular oats?
Thanks. Can’t wait to make this
I am so sorry for the late response. I think quick oats work better.
P Porter says
Hello I just came across your blog and I’m so excited! Is it possible to add mushrooms as well to give the “meat like” consistency?
You can try it 🙂
A Nelson says
Great recipe. Next time I’m going to cut all the measurements in half. I had to throw a lot out.
Carol Altson says
I made this today, and followed the recipe exactly. It is in the oven and smells delicious. But the recipe made enough for 2 loaves. I used the suggested 9×5 loaf pans, which comfortably take 6 cups of mixture, coming to within 1/2″ of the top, and needed two pans I was curious, and added up the ingredients in your recipe, without the seasonings and oil, and came up with 11 1/2 to 12 cups of mixture. Are you sure that the recipe has the right amounts of each ingredient? To serve 12, you would need very thin slices, or the pan size is off, I will write again when we have had it for dinner tonight, my husband loves anything slathered in BBQ sauce, and if it tastes as good as it smells cooking, it is a winner in my book. I have been looking for a good “meatloaf” recipe for some time, this may be it. Let’s just hope it freezes well, and makes a decent “meatloaf” sandwich, Yum!
Carol Altson says
We LOVE this meatloaf! It is dense enough to hold together, and when cold has made great sandwiches. I’m a ketchup girl, but my husband loved it with more BBQ sauce. We also had it last night with mushroom gravy. YUM. This is my new go two meatloaf recipe. I wonder if you could use it to make meatballs? I’m also looking for a recipe for that. Thanks.
Hi Carol! I will work on some vegetarian meatbealls 🙂
How many cans of kidney beans?
Is your recipe saying 215 ounces or is
It (2) 15oz cans of beans?
It’s two 15 ounces.
This was recipe was very good. My family loved it. We are fairly new to vegan. Please continue to incorporate vegan recipe for the beginners ❤️❤️❤️
This recipe was very good. My family loved it. We are fairly new to vegan. Please continue to incorporate vegan recipe for the beginners ❤️❤️❤️
Hi! Rosie I’ve made this recipe multiple times and shared with others. It’s easy, delicious and my food processor does most of the work.
Thank you for creating this wonderful dish!
Thanks for trying! XOXO
Delicious! Sprinkled Trader Joe’s “21 Seasoning Salute” over the BBQ Sauce. Yield: one 5 x 7 loaf pan plus three mini mini loaf pans 3 x 6
Is it 2 cups of cooked quinoa or 2 cups of quinoa, cooked? Recipe isn’t clear to me and it’s a huge difference in quantity. Can’t wait to try it, sounds delicious! I’ve tried many vegan meatloaf recipes and haven’t been thrilled. Thanks
The quinoa is cooked. Sorry for the confusion.