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Thanksgiving Non-Meat Loaf

Thanksgiving Non-Meat Loaf

Serves: 6

Category: Main Dishes - Vegan

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This tasty loaf is wonderful served with Better Brown Gravy or Dr. Fuhrman's Bottled Ketchup. It's not just for Thanksgiving!

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2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
4 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 (14 ounce) box soft tofu, drained and patted dry with paper towel
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/4 cups chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cups chopped portobello mushrooms
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon Dr. Fuhrman's VegiZest or other no-salt-seasoning blend, adjusted to taste
2 teaspoons Spike (no salt) seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons basil
1/2 teaspoon sage
3/4 cup whole grain bread crumbs
1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix arrowroot powder, water, Braggs, and tofu together in a high-powered blender. Add walnuts & blend until smooth.

Saute onions, celery, and mushrooms in water with seasonings and herbs until vegetables are soft, stirring occasionally.

In a bowl, mix together tofu mixture, vegetables, bread crumbs and cooked rice.

With a paper towel, spread a small amount of olive oil in a loaf pan. Add mixture to pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes. Turn loaf out and slice.

Note: May be served with low sodium ketchup and thinly sliced raw onion.

Calories 270; Protein 12 g; Carbohydrates 30 g; Total Fat 13.1 g; Saturated Fat 1.5 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 175 mg; Fiber 4.4 g; Beta-Carotene 42 ug; Vitamin C 4 mg; Calcium 158 mg; Iron 3.1 mg; Folate 103 ug; Magnesium 73 mg; Zinc 1.9 mg; Selenium 16 ug

Comments (49):



11/26/2006 11:01 AM

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I had this for Thanksgiving -- I was very happy with how it turned out. I think I'm going to make it again, in fact, to move through the extra ingredients I have still hanging around.
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04/03/2007 09:17 PM

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I most certainly give this 5 stars!
My four year old loves this recipe!

Stanley of Kinderhook Lake

07/26/2007 07:13 AM

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Made this a couple of days ago. Came out real good. Used salsa or mustard on top to spice it up a little. Plan to make it when we are having a group for dinner.


10/26/2008 02:02 PM

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I accidentally purchased silken tofu rather than soft so it came out a bit moist but still delicious. You also get a large loaf. I'll freeze some of it for the future and will definitely plan on making this again over the holiday season.


11/11/2008 10:46 AM

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My husband really liked this leftover (cold).


12/07/2008 09:42 PM

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Really good recipe. Quite please with how it turned out. Hard to tell the difference between meatloaf and non Meatloaf. Double the recipe.5 STAR
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12/10/2008 08:34 PM

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I just made this today. It is REALLY good!!! We used ketchup with it but it would be good with a mushroom gravy too. I am going to try freezing some. If it freezes well I will double the recipe the next time. It could be served with so many different sides. We had mashed parsnips/potatoes, peas and cranberry sauce.


04/24/2009 06:22 PM

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I have made this 4-5 times. It is SOOOO Good. I even made an extra loaf to give to a non-ETL (but healthy eating) friend. lucky friend! My only wish is that it made more. I find that 1 recipe makes enough for our family of 2 adults & 2 little kids for 1 meal only- no leftovers. I prefer meals with leftovers so I frequently make 2 loafs. This is very delicious and good for special occasions too!


10/11/2009 11:11 PM

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This is a great recipe. I only had silken tofu so I cut back on the water, and I had a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste and a bit of leftover Smart Ground TVP to use up and so I mixed them in with the tofu. I will definitely be making this again!


11/20/2009 02:08 PM

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Wow. It really tastes like meat loaf! Amazing.


03/08/2010 10:36 AM

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This was a little time consuming to make, but sooooooo worth the effort. We are new to this type of eating, and this is the first recipe we've found that ALL the family members will eat. My only regret is I didn't make two!


11/11/2010 09:29 AM

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Does anyone know if this would work without the bread crumbs? Just looking for an easy way to make this gluten-free. Thanks!


11/11/2010 09:31 AM

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Does anyone know if this would work without the bread crumbs? Just looking for an easy way to make this gluten-free. Thanks!


11/11/2010 10:20 AM

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I have made this replacing the rice with gluten-free oatmeal (didn't have time to cook the rice) and it turned out fine. I don't see why you couldn't replace the bread crumbs with the gluten-free oats and keep the rice.

Also I have used crushed rye crackers instead of bread crumbs as wheat is a problem for me(rye is okay), but of course that still has gluten.

Any way I make this it turns out well and is a nice change from soups and stews.


11/26/2010 09:09 AM

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I made this with ground oats instead of bread crumbs. The consistency was not quite as firm as I would have liked, but was close. Next time I'll try letting the ground oats sit in the tofu mixture a little while to absorb more moisture before baking. We did enjoy it and will have it again for Thanksgiving and Christmas.


11/28/2010 11:20 AM

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I love this recipe because it's so robust! The first time we made it, we replaced the rice with slightly undercooked red lentils, and the breadcrumbs with ground oats. The texture was very firm and the flavor was delicious. The second time we made it, we replaced the soft tofu with 2/3rds the amount of extra firm and enough carrot juice to blend; we replaced rice with kale (pureed with the tofu) and the bread crumbs with raw red lentils. (I can't tolerate grain, so I'm always trying to replace it in recipes). The flavor this time was even better (though less meatloaf-y), but the texture wasn't quite firm enough. We also only had half the arrowroot in it. We'll definitely keep experimenting with this recipe!


10/01/2011 11:13 AM

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I really enjoyed this with low sodium ketchup. This made a large loaf and I had a it a few times last week for different meals. Great meatloaf alternative.


11/15/2011 08:24 PM

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Wow...just excellent! I made it as it's written, but I added semi-crushed cashew pieces on top (Vitamixed some cashews for a second) to make an attractive and delicious crust.


11/21/2011 12:39 PM

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What could I use instead of vegi zest? I don't think I'd get it in time for Thanksgiving. Thanks :)


11/21/2011 02:53 PM

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Sheena, any no-salt seasoning (Braggs organic sprinkle, Mrs Dash, Penzey's Mural of Flavor) should work fine.

Ginger L

11/23/2011 02:09 PM

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My mixer died anyone know if a hand mixer will work.....will be getting a Vitamix for Christmas

Alabama Rick

11/24/2011 05:36 PM

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This looks, feels, and tastes very much like the real thing except for all the fat and grease. Very tasty. It was my Thanksgiving meal.

Christina Pearl

11/25/2011 01:53 PM

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Wow! This was delicious! I had to bake for an extra 30 minutes for the center to set. My husband tasted a bite first (as he does all of my nutritarian recipes)then piled his plate high. This is unusual for him, so you know it must be that good.
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11/27/2011 09:22 PM

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This was my first Thanksgiving in 61 years without turkey or dressing etc. I made this and it was delicious. It is unfortunate that the appearance of the dish does not look very exciting (compared to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner). I also made the recipe called" Baked Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Cranberries. " This was also delicious. Desert was the "Guilt Free Pumpkin Pie w/Oat Pie Crust. I used pumpkin pie spice and should have used 2 teaspoons instead of one. I made it the night before since I like my pumpkin pie chilled. I would give 5 stars for each of these recipes. I started on this program, not to lose weight but to get healthy as my main goal. So, I dove right in and started at Level 3. In two and one half months I have gone from a size six to a size two. It was easy for me because I live by myself. So, there is no junk food around. I find if it isn't around it makes it so much easier. Also my grocery bill is 60% lower than what it used to be. Eating healthy is cheap!


12/01/2011 08:50 PM

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I am happy for you nrodman! Thanks for your other suggestions. All I can say is this recipe ROCKS. My husband and I are addicts - we make it nearly every week! For a fun variation try forming (non)meatballs out of the mixture instead of a loaf. You will need to reduce the cooking time a bit, 45 minutes works in our oven. Place them over spaghetti squash and top with no-salt tomato sauce - it's a fantastic dinner paired with a big green salad. My humble thanks to whoever created this recipe!


12/27/2011 08:03 PM

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I really liked this for Thanksgiving so we made it for Christmas too. Just me and my daughter are vegetarians so we have plenty to eat. I added bell peppers and no-salt tomato paste and we liked it even better.


05/06/2012 01:08 AM

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It looks like meat loaf but tastes nothing like meat loaf. It tastes more like a version of stuffing. I had really high hopes for this one but I just did not dig it.


05/06/2012 09:01 AM

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I made this last night and followed the directions completely. When I turned it out, it fell apart in a big gooey mess. It tasted ok, but I sure would like it to have been much firmer. Maybe I'll follow Christina's suggestion above and cook it longer, and possibly use firmer tofu. Any other suggestions?


05/21/2012 09:39 PM

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We substitute 2 cups of beans instead of tofu and it holds together much better.


11/11/2012 10:26 PM

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Delicious! It made a very large loaf! My husband was not a fan but my three and four year olds loved it just as much as their mother! I heated up the leftovers by taking a slice and browning both sides in a skillet! I think this recipe would be great as the stuffing on mushrooms! I am going to try it!!


11/24/2012 08:20 PM

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I did not tell my husband it was tofu - I wanted him to try it first. I didn't love it, but he likes it. It is the first tofu recipe that I've found that he will eat. I loved it! It looks just like meatloaf without the grease!


11/26/2012 02:10 PM

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This recipe is delicious. I have to keep mine GF so I used Eden Organic Brown Rice Flakes in place of the bread crumbs. Also after reading the posts Lannette's in particular , I decided to use firm tofu instead of soft since all I found in the soft category was silken and it did seem way to mushy to me. The texture came out nice, but I would like it a little firmer or maybe drier is a better description? If anyone has a suggestion please share. The flavor on the other hand was outstanding, which is why I gave it 5 stars. Thank you for a great recipe :)


12/11/2012 07:43 PM

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Does anyone know the nutrition detail of this non- meat loaf dish?


02/04/2013 08:22 PM

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This was excellent! Even my picky non-ETL wife said it was "ok". The only thing I changed from the recipe was that I used extra firm tofu instead of soft since others had commented it was too moist and it turned out great. Next time I may omit the walnuts since I'm not used to meatloaf being crunchy. I'll definitely make this again.


10/31/2013 03:49 PM

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Received my Eat to Live cookbook and this was the first recipe we made. Not one of us liked this ... the flavors, the texture, were not good. Very disappointed, since there have been very few ETL recipes we have not enjoyed. So surprised to see others giving this a 5-star rating. Maybe I did something wrong.


11/18/2013 12:30 AM

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Thanks for the great tips! I use the red lentils instead of rice, and rolled oats instead of bread crumbs. I also subbed 2 Tbsp chia seeds for the arrowroot (I have a VItaMix, so just threw them in; if you don't have a high powered blender, grind them in a coffee grinder before mixing), and 2 cups of garbanzo beans for the tofu. It came out perfectly, and my family devoured it. My son said it tasted like Thanksgiving stuffing. :) I'll definitely be putting this on the Thanksgiving table!

Theresa Anderson

11/24/2013 01:19 PM

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I made this for Thanksgiving last year. It was very good. A suggestion I have for this year is to use parchment paper in the loaf pan leaving it overhanging on the sides for "handles" to lift out the loaf. It's so easy that way and why I didn't think of it sooner! I made a loaf the other day and did it that way and didn't even need to wash the pan!

Elaine Garces

12/07/2013 09:13 PM

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I've made this four times so far, and will try all the other meatless loaf recipes provided in this website. This is a really really good but not five star recipe. I allow the top to form a crust then add whole garlic cloves, onions and mushrooms loosely as a topping and bake another fifteen or until the toppings brown just a bit. I made this tonight with a friend who modified the recipe using pinto beans in place of tofu ... Outcome: you couldn't tell the difference, taste or texture wise. Everyone enjoyed this ... along with steel cut savory oats and sautéed spinach. Nice.
I really respect what nrodman stated about incidental weight loss and cost. I've lost 55 lbs over the last year without trying. This nutrient-dense plan is real.
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01/02/2014 05:26 PM

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I adore this recipe! It was incredibly delicious and satisfying. It also kept well for the week, and I was able to make multiple meals out of it. Highly recommended.


12/31/2014 11:06 AM

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This was better than i expected. I added salsa to spice it up a little. I will make this again.


08/21/2015 01:39 PM

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**** Wondering if anyone has ideas on what I can sub for 2 cups of mushrooms? More brown rice, maybe? I just can't handle that many shrooms (major childhood aversion which I'm trying very hard to change, meal by meal). I'm vegan and having some head-scratching moments in trying to figure out what I could sub. Maybe I'd use 1/4 c shrooms and then something else. Thanks in advance for any ideas. I left the shrooms out and of course, recipe didn't turn out as great as I expected, but top rating on the flavors! I couldn't leave a rating, BTW, maybe as I'm just a gold plus member?


11/13/2015 06:28 PM

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This is a link for a recipe for soy sauce substitute if you are allergic to soy or if you are out of soy sauce.

This is my second time to make this recipie! I LOVE this recipe!! It does taste like stuffing.

Right now I am out of mushrooms, so I am sauteing: eggplant, celery, onions, and a leek that I am cooking in the above listed link ingredients for a soy sauce substitue.
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11/16/2015 08:04 PM

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My daughter is allergic to nuts. Is there a good substitute for the walnuts in this recipe? Thanks!


11/24/2015 09:46 PM

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On mine, I left the nuts out.


11/25/2015 04:49 PM

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I love this recipe!


11/26/2015 08:22 PM

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I really liked this recipe. I think it would be delicious with mushroom gravy. The parchment paper idea that someone mentioned was a brilliant idea. No olive oil required!
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12/30/2015 12:03 AM

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My favorite dinner dish of all time!


03/23/2016 07:49 PM

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I made this today with a head of steamed cauliflower added to the above ingredients. I left out the nuts and the rice. For the bread crumbs, I used Italian bread crumbs. My husband is eating his with pizza sauce on top of it. I made mine into patties and not the loaf so that it would cook much quicker (about 20 minutes).

This is a great recipe year around, as well as at Thanksgiving! The steamed cauliflower tastes great, when added to the above ingredients in the original recipe.

I cook mine on a Silpat sheet on top of a cookie tray, so that no oil is needed.

This is one of our favorite recipies!
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04/27/2016 05:48 PM

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Today I am making this with cooked pinto beans added to it, and I am leaving out the rice.