Traditional holiday dinners can be a creative endeavor for vegetarians (as some of you know) and this Thanksgiving was no different for me. In my hemming and hawing about what to make, our recipe specialist Chelsea Lincoln reminded me of an awesome Hemp No Meat Loaf that she made a few months back.
As you may already know, Bob’s Red Mill recently released Hulled Hemp Seeds, so there has been a lot of experimenting with different hemp dishes around here over the last few months. Hemp is surprisingly tasty. I never really had any doubt that hemp would be as delicious and as it is healthy, but I was unsure what its applications in the kitchen would be.
So far, I’ve enjoyed hemp seeds in veggie burgers, mixed in grain dishes, in oatmeal, bread, and on salads. Pretty darn versatile if I do say so myself! It has a great, creamy flavor and many desirable nutritional and environmental benefits.
Needless to say, my family was a bit hestitant about “this crazy dish” that I was planning to bring to the dinner. Being the good sports they are, everyone tried a small slice along with their usual turkey dinner. I think they were suprised by the texture and flavor, both similar to a traditional meat loaf. The best part? There were no leftovers; we ate the entire dish!
This recipe is easy to prepare and being vegetarian, vegan and gluten free makes it perfect for a potluck or holiday dinner.
Hemp No Meat Loaf
1-1/2 cups Wild & Brown Rice Blend
3 cups Water
1-1/2 cups Hulled Hemp Seeds
1/3 cup Olive Oil
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp Black pepper
1 Tbsp Basil
2 tsp Sea Salt
¼ cup Cornstarch
Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9 x5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
Prepare water and rice as directed. In the meantime, combine the red pepper, onion, garlic, pepper, basil, salt and olive oil in a blender. Blend of high until smooth.
In a bowl combined shelled hemp seeds, prepared rice, cornstarch and the mixture from the blender. Pour into a loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour.