One of the most challenging parts of a vegan Thanksgiving can be figuring out your main dish, but these 10 vegan meatloaf recipes will make beautiful and impressive centerpieces for the rest of your Thanksgiving spread. Almost every part of the Thanksgiving meal, like casseroles, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, and even pie, can easy be made plant-based, but replacing the turkey or ham can be a bit trickier. While there’s always a store bought vegan roast option, it’s always more gratifying to create your own Thanksgiving dishes from scratch. These meatless meatloaf recipes from the Food Monster App include the goodness of healthy ingredients like lentils, beans, mushrooms, and other vegetables. Some include delicious sauce or gravy recipes to top them off, or even mashed vegetable sides. Whichever one you choose, you and your guests will end the night with full, happy bellies!
1. Meatless Meatloaf
Source: Meatless Meatloaf
With all the traditional seasonings of the original this vegan Meatless Meatloaf by Alison Corey with chickpeas, peppers, and onions is big on flavor topped with a tomato maple glaze. Perfect as the main dish at your next dinner party, or easy enough to pull together for a weeknight meal.
2. Lentil Loaf and Mushroom Gravy With Mashed Garlic Cauliflower
This Lentil Loaf and Mushroom Gravy by Desiree Rodriguez is great if you want a hearty dinner or if you are looking for a plant-based alternative for a holiday meal. It is filling and delicious and is very reminiscent of the holiday classics! You will love i
3. Roasted Vegetable Loaf With a Balsamic Glaze
This hearty Roasted Vegetable Loaf With a Balsamic Glaze by Dawn Hutchins is made of lentils and vegetables and is pure deliciousness! Speckled with colorful bits of bell peppers, it’s as savory as it is satisfying. Served with a side of plenty of roasted vegetables, it’s the perfect dinner for any gathering.
4. Meatloaf With Sweet Mustard Glaze
This recipe for Meatloaf With Sweet Mustard Glaze by Yana Chistyakova, although it requires time and its elaboration is a bit complicated, is a perfect recipe for parties and special occasions. You can choose any other garnish, for example, rice, pasta, salad or prepare sandwiches.
5. Chestnut and Lentil Loaf
Source: Chestnut and Lentil Loaf
The lentils and the rest of the ingredients in this recipe will give you nothing less than the meatiest vegan meatloaf. Although there are endless ways to make a lentil loaf, this Chestnut and Lentil Loaf by Kim Sujovolsky is using chestnuts, which makes this dish perfect for the holiday season, and really good next to any gravies or pan sauces, not to mention the simple addition of a little extra ketchup on the side.
6. Lentil Loaf With Celery Root Mash
If you’re looking to quench your cravings for meatloaf or simply need an effortless, nutrient-dense recipe that doesn’t disappoint, you need to try out this Lentil Loaf With Celery Root Mash by Gabrielle St. Claire. Lentils can have the same hearty texture as meat and are perfect for recreating classic umami flavors. For a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes, this recipe uses celery root! When mashed, it is starchy and fluffy- just like the cozy mashed potatoes you grew up with.
7. Maple-Glazed Mushroom and Lentil Loaf
This Maple-Glazed Mushroom and Lentil Loaf by Liz Martone is a great hearty dinner entrée that will remind you of Sunday evening meatloaf that so many of us grew up with. Made from mushrooms and lentils, it’s dense and meaty, with a delicious maple ketchup glaze that sinks in as it bakes. This lentil loaf is tender, moist, and full of these beautiful savory flavors that paired so perfectly with the sweet bite of the ketchup glaze. This lentil loaf recipe is a great go-to for family dinner nights or any other occasions when you need a filling main dish.
8. Holiday Vegetable Loaf With Cranberry Glaze
Need an entrée that will please all palates? This Holiday Vegetable Loaf With Cranberry Glaze by Jasmine Briones is it. The combination of the quinoa, oats, mushrooms, and nuts provide this dish with the perfect “meatloaf” texture — and it’s speckled with cranberries, so it’s perfect for the season. Finish it off with your choice of our cranberry glaze recipe or a traditional meatloaf glaze. Recipe created as a guest post for Sweet Simple Vegan by Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen.
9. Chickpea Meatloaf and Tomato Maple Glaze
The main components of this vegan meatloaf besides chickpeas are onion, garlic, red pepper, fresh thyme and fresh parsley. Then, of course, there is the flavor bomb glaze that goes on top. This Chickpea Meatloaf and Tomato Maple Glaze by Nancy Montuori also tastes delicious as a sandwich smeared with the maple glaze.
10. Lentil Loaf With Smoked Paprika Glaze
Flavorful, tender and moist without being sticky, this vegan Lentil Loaf With Smoked Paprika Glaze by Lee Khatchadourian-Reese is super tasty. The smoked paprika glaze adds a really nice touch. This might be your favorite vegan meatloaf yet. It’s mostly made of lentils, oats, potatoes, celery, and tomato sauce. All you have to do is combine the ingredients and bake it in the oven––so easy! This vegan lentil meatloaf is great to serve at family dinner with a side of veggies and potatoes! Or meal prep it for your week!
Check out our Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide for even more Thanksgiving ideas including everything from entrees to desserts!
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