Oh man am I excited about this! Let me preface this by saying I am not a cook. I have to follow a recipe 95% of the time in order to make edible food, no lie. Especially with me becoming vegetarian this year, I need to find recipes that are easy yet delicious. I just recently made a TVP chili, duuuu-licious mind you, a jackfruit tortilla soup, are you shittin me good, and now I need a fuck yeah meatloaf to add to my little box of recipes. Scouring through Pinterest I happened to find this little gem, TVP Faux Meatloaf Recipe. So tonight, it is all about meatloaf!
When reading through the list of ingredients needed, I luckily had most. I did need to switch up a few items due to what I had in stock so we shall see how this comes out. I do not have onion powder, so I added in Herb & Pepper seasoning hoping to bring a little more flavor to the loaf. I switched out breadcrumbs with Panko breadcrumbs, since that is what I have on hand, and used Heinz 57 instead of ketchup because I hate ketchup and will never have that on hand haha. I don’t know if I am allowed to share the recipe fully on here, so it is linked above but I will break down the steps at least.
In a medium bowl, the recipe stated to throw together the TVP (textured vegetable protein for those that don’t know what that is), veggie broth, ketchup (in my case 57), and soy sauce. Then let it sit for 10 minutes to let the TVP absorb the liquid. Last minute I did decide to throw in some diced yellow onion. As a kid, I remember onions being in meatloaf and I love onions so, why not? After the liquid was absorbed, I had to toss in the rest of the ingredients, mix well, put it on a pan, form into a loaf and bake about 45 minutes in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven. The last 10 minutes of cooking, I put on a topping using tomato sauce, brown sugar, and a little mustard. While that was baking away, I put on potatoes to boil to make mashed potatoes.
After all of that, here are my thoughts. This recipe was easy to follow and easy to make. I enjoy that there are no crazy, out there ingredients in order to make this. While in the oven, the scent of this loaf wafted through the house and it was incredible. So none of that really matters unless the taste is there. Well, the texture is almost spot on. A tad, I mean a tad, bit dry and the flavor is so close to what I remember meatloaf being, that I am genuinely shook. Next time I will add a little bit more liquid and switch up the seasonings, I may even add some bell pepper in there as well.
In short, I will definitely be making this again! I have 4 days worth of leftovers and those are going to be great food days! So, with all of that being said, let’s go over the nutritional value of this recipe. I plugged everything into MyFitnessPal, making sure to plug in my personal changes to the recipe and here is what I got. Instead of 4 servings, I was able to break the recipe into 5 servings, with 261 calories per serving, 35.6 grams of carbs, 3.3 grams of fat, and 21.2 grams of protein. My entire dinner for the evening, including the mashed potatoes and green beans came to be about 434 calories. Obviously, you can make mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes to save some calorie, but… I am not about that life. Trying this out gave me some inspiration to try TVP to make Salisbury Steak, Meatballs, and more. Do you have any great TVP recipes you think I’d like to try? Have you made TVP meatloaf before? If so, what did you think? Let me know down in the comment section! Hope you had a fantastic Friday and until next time!