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1.23.2011

Just Another Meatless Monday #44 Vegan Meat Substitute

Hey What's For Dinner


This was a tasty thrifty way to eat vegetarian this week. I have a Gluten Free version for people who need it too. I'm often wary of meat replacements because they just never taste that great to me, but we all liked this recipe. It's super cheap to make, about 3-4 dollars a pan which breaks down into 4 meal sized servings and you can freeze it for later use.

Ground Meat Substitute
2 cups brown rice
2 cups green lentils
optional--1 tsp salt** I added salt because I used a homemade montreal steak seasoning without salt--cook first and add salt as needed later on in the process
2 TBSP Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 cup oatmeal
1/4 olive oil
1/2 cup high gluten flour

boil the rice, lentils, salt(if using) and seasonings in water to cover by 2 inches
bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer
cook until the rice and lentils are almost tender, I cooked them about 20-25 minutes
remove from heat, pour off any excess water, there wasn't any left in mine
add the oatmeal, olive oil and the flour, combine well
turn into a baking dish
bake for 1 hour at 300˚ stirring every 15 minutes or so

The Gluten Free version comes from Kristi at the Veggie Converter website. This is her recipe and I only add the smoked paprika because it tasted so good in the non Gluten Free version. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Ground Meat Substitute

2 C Brown rice
2 C Green lentils
2 Tbsp. Montreal steak seasoning
1 tsp salt** optional see note
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 C olive oil
1/4 C diced sauteed or marinated mushrooms
1/4 C mashed potatoes
1 C rolled oats
boil the rice, lentils, salt and seasonings in water to cover by 2 inches
bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer

cook until the rice and lentils are almost tender, I cooked them about 20-25 minutes
remove from heat, pour off any excess water, there wasn't any left in mine
add the olive oil, mushrooms and mashed potatoes, combine well
turn into a baking dish
bake for 1 hour at 300˚ stirring every 15 minutes or so

Divide into four meals, freeze or refrigerate the packages. This can be browned before use, however I used it straight from the oven today to make some giant burritos, I have no complaints eating it this way.







 I think I finally found a way to enjoy green lentils! This is a delicious non processed, whole foods, meat replacement and I'm happy to add it to my arsenal of vegetarian recipes worth keeping.

I amended my original post to add a note about salt, I used a homemade version of montreal steak seasoning without salt. I added some salt and then added more as needed after baking it for a while.







This is the last day to enter the Mr. Bento giveaway, good luck!

Peace and Love--

11 comments :

  1. This sounds good (although extremely high in salt). I'll have to check and see if they make a lower sodium steak seasoning. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Hi! this is my first time linking over here. hope you like my recipe, its very quick and easy to make.

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  3. Hi, thanks for featuring the recipe. I like the addition of the smoked paprika, I will have to try that. There's not really much salt. I actually only added what's in the steak seasoning to mine, didn't add extra and it was great as is.

    Kristi @
    Veggie Converter

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  4. I like the sound of those meat replacements Laura - they sound delicious. Thank you so much for hosting Just Another Meatless Monday. Have a great week!

    By the way, I'm almost certain I have seen a low salt version of Montreal Steak Seasoning on the grocery store shelves recently when I've been visiting North America.

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  5. That recipe for ground beef substitute sounds perfect!! Thanks :). Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  6. What a great idea to make your own meatless meat. I always buy mine, I will have to try this. Thanks, Denise

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  7. Oh we absolutely loved your veggie patties, so I'll have to try this meat substitute too! I love love love that you put it in burritos, that looks so delicious!

    Don't EVER buy the Montreal Steak Seasoning from the Dollar Tree. It is effing NASTAY. Ruined a whole crock pot of food using it. Bleck.

    I'm sharing an oldie but goodie this week! We eat it at least twice a month. It's cheap, easy, quick, and I always have rice and a can of beans on hand!

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  8. Hi Laura, Your meat substitute looks so good but you should give it a nice name that complements the great flavor! I am sure you can come up with something wonderful like mixed up never miss the meaty pilaf! ;) I am linking up a new recipe that I just created that you can make meatless or with meat and both ways it turns out awesome! Tex Mex Quinoa Loco is now my family's favorite recipe! All the best! Alex

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  9. Thanks for hosting this blog hop, looks like lots of good recipes to try.

    -Brenda

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  10. Ooo yum! I am so glad that you posted this. I am not a fan of tofu so when it comes to ground meat I always just used beans. I will definitely have to give this a try. I bookmarked it and cannot wait :o)

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  11. I just wanted to tell you I've had this bookmarked for quite awhile now and finally made it yesterday. It was great! The husband even ate it, which means this is a total keeper.

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