Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mock Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Baby Broccoli....YUM

Happy Hump Day~!  The forecast of more tornadic storms for last night called for a hearty dinner!  I made Happy Herbivore's Mock Meatloaf last night, and it was out of this world!  I found the recipe here.  The recipe called for cooking the loaf for 1 hour and 30 minutes, but I was very impatient and about to starve, so mine only cooked for about an hour and 10 minutes.  It was done, but it fell apart as I was transferring the perfectly cut slices to my plate.  That's okay though, because it was delish.  It was vrey moist and the seasoning was perfect.  The next time I will try to be patient and leave it in the oven for the full time, because the recipe says to.  :o)   

I've been craving homemade mashed potatoes lately.  So, while the loaf was cooking, I peeled and chopped up a potato and put that on to boil.  When the potatoes had finished cooking, I drained them and transferred them to a glass bowl.  I half way mashed the potatoes up (I wanted it sorta chunky) and then mixed in some vegan butter, a little soy milk, salt, pepper, and a little nutritional yeast.   I also cooked some baby broccoli, that I finally found in the grocery store.  I was going to steam the broccoli, but decided to lightly saute it in some olive oil and garlic.   It was heaven....Actually, supper was heaven!

When I came across the Mock Meatloaf recipe, I also came across Happy Herbivore's Brown Gravy recipe that can be found here.  It sounded like it would be perfect to go on top of the potatoes and loaf.  I was totally amazed at the gravy...I couldn't believe how much it tasted like the real thing.  Since I've only been a vegan for over a year, I remember exactly what the original brown gravy tasted like, and Lindsay's recipe was dead on. 

I can't wait until Happy Herbivore is back in stock at Amazon.   I'm so grabbing it while I can!  I have a feeling that it will become one of my favorite cookbooks.



  1. We've been searching for a good gravy recipe for quite some time now, so I'll have to try that one out. Mashed taters are so yummy!

  2. I always forget about mashed potatoes, even though they used to be a favorite food. Your dinner looks like the perfect thing to eat on a stormy night. Sure hope you don't have any tornadoes, though.

  3. Picture-perfect 1950s veganism! Did Tony partake?

  4. A nice "meat" and potatoes dish! Warm to the belly and the heart. Keep safe from those twisters!

  5. Very nice, I'm definitely gonna try this one

  6. I have been thinking of a mock meatloaf too! :)

  7. That is a rockin' dinner! The meatloaf looks so good, and the gravy looks perfect, even better than in the original recipe. Thanks for the link, I want to try it!

  8. I'm glad you liked the recipes! I LOOOVE that gravy--and the book is back in stock on Amazon as of today!

  9. I've been wanting Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, but it's April! Gotta follow the rules!

  10. oooh I heard its a rocking cookbook!

    This looks great! I totally want mashed potatoes now! fav food when I was a kid.. ill never give em up! <3

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  11. Yum, what a feast!!! It is getting colder here, this would be a perfect dinner :-)

    Happy Easter Michelle!


  12. I tried vegan gravy for the first time recently--two test recipes for the next Happy Herbivore cookbook. They were amazing, so I've been on a gravy kick. I've been looking at this recipe and wanting to try it. Can't wait to now after reading your review!

  13. Molly, you really need to try this gravy. Let me know what you thought about it if you try it.

    Andrea, mashed potatoes have always been my favorite. I think I could eat them every day.

    Maud,, Tony did not partake. He had his own versions of what I had. He's a chicken.

    BlessedMama, Thank you. It hit the spot. :)

    Rob, Let me know what you thought about it if you try it.

    HayMarket8, this is the first mock meatloaf that I've made and it was perfect.

    Rose, Thank you! I don't think you will be disappointed. Let me know what you thought about it if you try it.

    Lindsay, I just ordered the book and can't wait to get it. That was the best gravy every!!!

    Shen, what are the rules about mashed potatoes and gravy? Is that a winter food?

    Jennifer, mashed potatoes were my favorite food growing up too. Actually, they still are. :)

    Alessandra, This meal will for sure warm you up.

    Veggie Burgher, I was never a big gravy fan. I really just started liking it about a year before I became a vegan. This gravy would make anyone a gravy fan. Everything I've made from Happy Herbivore's website has been great.

  14. Yes, we're supposed to be eating Asparagus, Strawberries & Leeks now. Although, I know you're a fan of Corn On The Cob in winter, so I'm guessing you don't adhere to that whole eating-in-season thing.

  15. Shen, you know how it is...someone has to break the rules. :) I'll try to do better though.

  16. Methinks you're doing better than me! Keep doin' what you're doin'!