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Country ‘Meatloaf’ With Gravy [Vegan]

This is a wonderful recipe for feeding a crowd during the holidays. Hearty and savory enough to satisfy meat eaters and healthy enough to get us through the holidays without putting on a few extra. If you don’t want to serve it with gravy, it would also be fantastic topped with some sautéed mushrooms.

Country ‘Meatloaf’ with Gravy [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy FreeVegan


6 - 8

Cook Time



Country ‘Meatloaf’

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 cups celery, diced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages tempeh
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice, warm
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Golden Gravy

  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 10x5x3 inch loaf pan.
  2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large deep-sided skillet or dutch oven and sauté onion, carrots and celery until soft, about 15 minutes. Stir in garlic, thyme, basil and parsley. Let cook a few more minutes. Crumble the tempeh into the skillet and add soy sauce and broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
  3. Add warm brown rice and bread crumbs to the bowl and mix thoroughly with a large spoon. The more you mix it and mash it, the better it will hold together when you bake it. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and pack it down very firmly using the back of a spoon. Cover the top of the pan with foil. Bake for 45 minutes, covered, then remove foil, and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before unmolding. Run a knife around the edges of the cooked loaf to loosen, then flip onto a serving plate to unmold. Slice and serve.
  5. For the gravy: In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat and sauté onion until soft. Add nutritional yeast and flour, and stir for about 1 minute. Add water, soy sauce, thyme and garlic powder. Continue to cook, whisking continuously, until mixture is very thick. Transfer gravy to a blender and purée until smooth. Adjust seasonings, and add salt and pepper to taste.


Recipe can be halved to serve 3 to 4 people. If halving, bake in an 8-by-4-by-3-inch loaf pan for 30 minutes covered, then 15 more minutes uncovered.


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13 comments on “Country ‘Meatloaf’ With Gravy [Vegan]”

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11 Months Ago

What can i use other than Tempeh? Can i use an extra firm Tofu instead?

11 Months Ago

What can i use other then Tempeh? Can i use a extra firm Tofu?

Penny George-Ramirez
1 Years Ago

what is tempeh? this looks so good and I am trying to cook more things like this thank you

Joyce Newton
1 Years Ago

It's veggie Loaf ?..

Claire Louise Medlam
1 Years Ago


Jason Williams
1 Years Ago

So why call it "meat"?

Savannah Vrana
16 Dec 2014

Because the recipe is obviously emulating meat loaf, which is a distinct dish with recognizable flavors. The word is in quotations and is not to be taken literally, just to make it a little less... confusing. Vegetarians/vegans do not usually change their diets because they hate the textures and flavors of the food. They do so for health and/or ethical reasons. Doesn't mean they can't enjoy kinder/cleaner versions of dishes normally containing animal products.

Hazel Camba
1 Years Ago

Oh great, now I'm hungry.

Beverly Spross
1 Years Ago


Lance Collier
1 Years Ago

Canola oil tastes nasty. How about replacing it with avocado oil.

Shawn Buchanan
1 Years Ago

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