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This Walnut Loaf Is Healthy and Meatless

WE go meatless 4 days a week. I make this walnut loaf , add mashed cauliflower, and steamed broccoli and have a complete and healthy meal.

After attending a Cooking Class, sponsored by a local Seventh-day Adventist Ladies group, and reading “The China Study”, I decided I would start “easing” into the vegan lifestyle. Being the carnivore that I am… I’m talking meat at every meal… I knew that replacing meat would be my biggest challenge.

The Cooking Class was an all day event starting with a vegan breakfast, vegan lunch, and vegan dinner. I enjoyed the food they prepared… it was great and they provided all the recipes.

This meatless Walnutloaf was served with steamed broccoli, and a green salad with vegan Walnut-Basil salad dressing.

Ingredients:
3 c. cooked wild rice (or your rice of choice)
2 T. olive oil
1 finely chopped onion
1 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. raw sunflower seeds
1 c. chopped fresh mushrooms (I’ve used a small can of mushrooms)
1 chopped bell pepper
2 eggs ( I’ve used “this” several times)
2 T. fresh Rosemary
1 T. garlic powder
1 T. Italian Seasoning
1 T. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos – I buy it online here
1 T. dried parsley
1 small can – tomato paste
1 small can – tomato sauce
salt and pepper (or dried basil) to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Saute onions until tender. Set aside.
3. While onions are sauteing, in a small bowl, mix tomato sauce and tomato paste. Set aside.
4. In a large bowl, combine cooked rice and onions, walnuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, salt, pepper, egg, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, Bragg’s Aminos, parsley, and HALF of the tomato sauce/paste. Mix well.
5. Pour into 9X12 prepared pan. Spread the remaining tomato mix over the top.
6. Cook for 45 minutes or until a fork inserted in the middle shows firmness.

NOTE: This makes a big loaf, so you may want to half the recipe or cook it in two pans and freeze one for later.

FYI… Being vegan didn’t work out for me, but we do go meatless 3 days a week.

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