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Meatless "Meatloaf" Recipe

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Try this vegetarian loaf in place of a traditional meatloaf or for a special occasion. Your family and friends will love it. This page contains a meatless "meatloaf" recipe.


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We are slowly transitioning to a more vegetarian diet in our house. My mom found this recipe for vegetarian meatloaf. It has an amazing texture and tastes great!

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf


  • 1 cup cashew nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup leeks, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 oz dried mushrooms, soaked in .5 cup warm water and finely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon each freshly chopped parsley, thyme, and basil OR 1 tsp. each dried herbs
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup Grape Nuts cereal
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 3 eggs, beaten


  1. Toast the nuts on a baking sheet at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  2. Soak dried mushrooms in 1/2 cup of warm water, until rehydrated, approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Roughly chop the cashews and walnuts. (Leave the pine nuts whole) and set aside.
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  5. Finely chop leeks and mushrooms, both fresh and dried.
  6. Saute the leeks in butter until softened, but not brown. Add the garlic and reduce the heat to medium.
  7. Add the chopped fresh and soaked mushrooms with the mushroom soaking liquid and cook over medium heat about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Transfer the hot mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the herbs, toasted nuts, brown rice, Grape Nuts, cottage cheese, eggs, and mix well.
  9. Butter a 1 1/2 quart baking dish or loaf pan and fill with the mixture and bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees F. The top should be firm and nicely brown, but not burned. Brush with tomato sauce or catsup for the final 20 minutes, if desired.
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November 22, 20120 found this helpful

Yea, that's way to expensive to buy in Hawaii for me... So not thrifty fun.

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November 23, 20120 found this helpful

Cashews and pine nuts are expensive in many areas, a less expensive nut is an okay replacement. It changes the flavor only slightly. This recipe is labor intensive (as are most vegetarian recipes).


Perhaps someone could come up with less labor intense recipes for those of us who are sick and must eat vegetarian, but just don't have the energy to work on a meal for very long? I really struggle to find a simple but sustainable diet.

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November 24, 20120 found this helpful

I imagine this recipe would be delicious, but...also, very expensive to make. Nuts are not cheap and pine nuts are very expensive and difficult to find east of the Mississippi. For those of us who come here to find frugal recipes, this would not be one of them.

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November 24, 20120 found this helpful

It's not so expensive if you already eat meatless. All of these nuts I always have on hand, because they're a regular part of my diet.

This sounds delicious, can't wait to try it.

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