Ready or not, Thanksgiving is straight up at your front door. And guess who’s knocking? Every single dietary restriction known to man, and you must be prepared! If your holiday feast is fixing to look anything like mine, you’ll need to cater to gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, paleo, vegetarian, and/or vegan guests. <- Don’t panic, this is what the boozes are for.
I wish we could hold hands through the holidays and remind each other ITWILLALLBEOKAY. The crazy relatives, the smattering of restricted menus we must consider when hosting (or participating in) a feast. Not to mention all the extra gym time to follow the four slices of all the pies, the imminent detox, and the apologies required for things said while detoxing.
What I’m getting at here is even if, like me, you’re amped to go into a massive turkey tryptophan coma on Thanksgiving, in all probability, there will be a vegetarian or vegan under your roof.
Don’t be alarmed.
No need to back away.
This loaf is here to help..
…and holy moly, it will vegan a meat eater make.
I’ll give you a moment to put that in your pipe and smoke it
Finished? Lettuce continue.
For those of you who are vegetarian//vegan//are planning a holiday menu for veg friends//simply enjoy a plant-based meal from time to time, here is your comforting, filling, flavor-infused, nutrient-packed hunk of non-meat lentil loaf. It’s loaded with vegetables, including celery, carrot, mushrooms, and spinach, along with your legume vitamin – the lentil, and your grain vitamin – the brown rice. Not to mention, we flavor blast the crap out of this thing by adding fresh ginger, curry powder, nutritional yeast (<- don’t skip it, folks!), onion and garlic.
Fellow meat eaters: I know you’re rolling your eyes right now – I did too the first time I heard of fauxloaf – but I double dog dare you to make this nonetheless. Basically, you’ll forget there’s no meat in it. Hell, you may even forget meat exists. You’ll eat thirds and fourths. Hell, you may even eat the whole loaf…but don’t do that, because: fiber.
Don’t let the uuuuuuuge list of ingredients scare you! You likely already have most of the ingredients on-hand, and the recipe itself is not difficult to prepare – just a tad time-consuming. But like most things that require diligence and patience, the payoff is pretty tastic.
Also, have you heard? There’s an apricot glaze on this thing and it is the tiiiiiiiits! If you don’t have apricot preserves on hand, you can use fig preserves, marmalade, or even raspberry jam. Please don’t skip the glaze, whatevers you do. It’s like the hot fudge to your sundae.
You have my permission to eat this with a side of bacon. Or broccoli. Whatever’s your jam.