Veggie Loaded Meatloaf

Veggie Loaded Meatloaf

I was craving meatloaf. This is a sentence I have said as many as never times in my life, but it was the case the other night. If you are following along, you probably noticed the trend of healthy, mostly meatless, and pretty inexpensive dishes recently, because that is how I try to cook this time of year. Plus I keep having to make mac and cheese stuffed burgers for the cookbook publicity so I am trying to counteract some of that. That all being said, I wanted to make a vegetarian or mostly vegetarian “loaf”. I did some research, but most veggie loafs were loaded with grains and tofu, and not actual veggies like I wanted. I decided to just wing it and do mostly veg with a little beef and some cheese, sort of like a veggie heavy lightened version of a regular meatloaf.

Romesco Udon With Tofuballs

Romesco Udon With Tofuballs

I saw this cool technique for making a veggie burger on Diners Drive-ins and Dives where instead of pressing the tofu before frying it, the chef pressed the tofu right on the grill. I knew I had to try this and the first attempt was making these veggie “meatballs”. When you press the tofu right on the grill you save a million paper towels, and you can just sort of leave it there and forget about it. It takes about an hour on a med-low temp and you only have to flip it once. The result is a really nice chewy tofu that adds a great texture to any vegetarian meat replacement. I served these tofu-balls with udon noodles and zucchini tossed in a simple romesco sauce.