There is a rise in food awareness, and it’s becoming more common for people to switch to vegetarian, vegan, or paleo diets. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, holiday meals can be challenging, however, there are some good alternatives for new healthy traditions!
Here’s a delicious Chickpea Veggie Loaf, from Richa of VeganRicha.com, that could be used for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even New Years stuffing.
This “loaf” would also make great veggie burger patties if you decided to bake them as burger rounds, instead of in the loaf pan.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil, onions and garlic and pinch of salt. Cook until translucent. Add celery, peppers, cranberries and cook for 3 minutes, * You can cook the veggies without oil. Cook onions and garlic in a splash of broth or water until translucent, then add other veggies.
Drain the chickpeas and beans really well. In a food processor, process the chickpeas, beans, cilantro, parsley and half of the cooked veggie mixture. Pulse, process until the mixture is half mashed and half coarsely chunky. You can add a handful of greens in as well at this step.
Transfer to a bowl. Mix in the chia seed meal into the bbq sauce + lemon juice in a small bowl and let it sit for a minute. Add spices, tahini, bbq sauce mixture, leftover veggies to the beans bowl. Mix in. Add in the breadcrumbs and mix in. The mixture should be like a veggie burger mixture. If too wet, add more breadcrumbs. If too dry, add a tbsp of aquafaba (chickpea brine). or 1 tsp chia/ flax seed meal mixed in 1 tbsp water. Taste the mixture and adjust salt, spice, seasoning.
Transfer the mixture to parchment lined loaf pan with parchment sheet hanging out to make it easy to remove the loaf. Even it out and press well. If you don't have a pan, use a parchment lined baking sheet and shape into a rectangular log.
Prepare the glaze by mixing everything and spread over the loaf.
Cover the loaf with parchment, bake at pre-heated 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. Remove the cover and continue to bake for another 15 to 25 minutes, till toothpick from the center comes out clean. Bake longer for taller loaf or if you want crisper edges.
Cool for 15 minutes, then remove from the pan. Cool almost completely and slice with a serrated knife.
Serve with cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes or other sides of choice.
Chickpea Veggie Loaf [Can be Holiday]
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 0.4g2%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Total Carbohydrates 43g14%
Dietary Fiber 6g24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
NOTES Variations: Add 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast. Add ½ cup chopped mushrooms with the onions. Add ¼ cup walnuts, oats or cooked rice with the beans in the processor for more textured loaf.
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