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Strawberry 11-02-2010 05:41 PM

Vegetarian Nut Loaf! DELICIOUS!
I am amazed!! This is really good!

Here is the recipe I concocted, based loosely on post #7 in this thread

1/2 lb walnuts
2 tsp butter and 2 tsp olive oil
2 medium onions, diced
1 to 1 1/2 lb mushrooms (I used only 1/2 lb and it needed more!), whized through a food processor or finely chopped
1/2 cup of white wine*
one half zucchini, grated
one carrot, grated
4 oz grated parmegiano reggiano (the real stuff!)*
1/4 cup dried cranberries
3 eggs
a tsp of garlic powder
fresh parsley or fresh thyme
The chopped up mushrooms to the right. Carrots and zucchini in front
Parmesan cheese to left, cranberries, and toasted nuts up top. Butter. White wine (sauvignon blanc)

Toast nuts in a dry sautee pan, while stirring to prevent burning.

Caramelize the chopped onions in 1 tsp butter with 1 tsp olive oil

Caramelize the finely chopped mushrooms in 1 tsp butter with 1 tsp olive oil.
Deglaze the pan with a 1/2 cup of white wine.
My 8oz of mushrooms shrunk! You will want to use more!
I swear this looked like hamburger, but tasted heavenly!

Add the grated zucchini and carrot to the mushrroms and cook a few minutes until soft.

Stir in the caramelized onion.
Stir in the parmesan cheese and walnuts and dried cranberries.
Stir in fresh parsley, thyme, or other herbs.
Mix in 3 eggs to bind everything.

Place in a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes



I think the flavors would go beautifully with mashed butternut squash.
I also would really like to concoct a cranberry glaze to go on top of this.
Perfect Fall meal!

Some cheeses use rennet from a cow, vs rennet from a plant. Some wines are vegetarian, some are not. If you are a very strict vegetarian, read the labels carefully.

Strawberry 11-02-2010 06:49 PM

Forgot to add... I also add salt and pepper to food as I cook.
And I added a dash of nutmeg as well.

Here is the nutrition breakdown:
This is for the ingredients as listed above, using 1 lb of mushrooms.

Per serving: one 1/8 of a loaf slice
Cals: 338
Fat: 26g
Carbs: 13
Fiber: 3.5g
Net carbs: 9.5g
Protein: 14g

For the whole recipe from ******.com
Cals: 2706
Carbs: 211.3g
Fiber: 28.5g
Net Carbs: 182.8
Protein: 113.1

toomuchbooty 11-02-2010 06:52 PM

That looks amazing...I want to try it soon! Thanks for sharing.

sistertzu 11-02-2010 08:46 PM

Looks good!!

I would sub something like cauliflower for part of the carrots to save the carbs and dehydrated cranberries for dried cranberries because they have no sugar added.

Strawberry 11-02-2010 09:22 PM

Hmm, interesting... I actually used dried unsweetened cranberries from Whole Foods (ingredient: cranberries only), but I dont know what ****** calculates for it. Obviously you can leave out the cranberries and make lots of subs. I probably should have just thrown in the whole zucchini.

If someone can tell me how to copy the ****** chart (showing what foods the carbs come from) I could post it for you all.

TaDa! 11-03-2010 04:02 AM

OMG Strawberry!! That looks absolutely delicious! Did you serve it with any kind of sauce??!!!! Also, were your walnuts chopped or halves?

I really am bummed out that we have a nut allergy in one of my vegetarians, otherwise I would absolutely make this for Thanksgiving!!!! I may have to try some of these great recipes with pumpkin seed or sunflower seed substitutes - which she seems to tolerate ...

Beautiful photos!!!!!



Strawberry 11-03-2010 08:18 AM

Well, this was a little experiment in the kitchen last night.... I would have liked a cranberry sauce with it (or maybe something like a cranberry/ketchup or cranberry bbq sauce) It would have complimented the flavors. But I was hungry and just ate it as is was!

I used walnut halves and pieces that were weighed in the store from the bulk bin to be 8 oz. Price not bad - about $3.50, since 6.99/lb. I finely chopped them up, so it doesnt matter what you buy.

I tried a bite with a dab of ketchup, mayo, and a pickle chip, and it tasted darn close to a hamburger!
My goal was not to re-create a meatloaf (I HATE ground beef! LOL)... I wanted a different Christmasy nut and cranberry flavor. BUT, if you were to leave out the cranberries and nutmeg, and add in some tomato paste or ketchup and worchestshire sauce* and whatever else goes in a meatloaf.... this would make a very good meatloaf sub.

Pumpkin seeds would be a bit to dry and crispy... but I think sunflower seeds might work. I would probably increase the amounts of the various veggies so its not too densely sunflower seeds.

*has anchovies, so if you're strict, get a veggie version

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