Tuesday, July 4, 2006

The Magical Loaf Studio (4 stars)

Jennifer at The Vegan Lunchbox created a web page called the Magical Loaf Studio which allows you to choose all the ingredients you want for your veggie loaf and generates a recipe for an "adventist style" loaf. My husband and I picked out all of our ingredients and then tried this last night. It came out really well. I made steamed broccoli/cauliflower and rosemary roasted potatoes to go along with it. I was afraid he was going to hate the loaf since I normally make a fat laden time consuming cheesy loaf that he loves. At the end of dinner I noticed that he had only potatoes left on his plate to finish last and I said, "I guess you liked the potatoes best, huh?". He replied that it was a tie between the potatoes and the loaf. I deem it a resounding success!

Depending on which ingredients you choose, this could even be a weeknight meal. I chose brown rice which takes a long time. Next time I will swap that ingredient for something quicker. My loaf had red crimson lentils (which cook in about 10 minutes), brown rice, walnuts, onion, garlic, carrot, veg broth, thyme, sage, basil, oregano, parsley, Nutritional Yeast Flakes, ketchup, pepper, flax seed meal, soy sauce, and olive oil.

I lined my loaf pan with foil (two pieces: one lengthwise, and one crosswise; overhanging the edges of the pan) and then sprayed the pan. Then when it was time to get the loaf out of the pan, we just lifted it out instead of flipping it onto the plate.

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