The theme for day 2 of MoFo is “recreate a meal from your childhood.” I was fortunate to be raised in a family that ate dinner together most nights and I move mountains to do the same for my son. The two main differences between family dinners during my childhood and now are: 1) I grew up eating meat; and 2) unlike my son, I actually ate the food that was served to me.
My Mom had a short list of meals that she rotated through from Monday through Thursday, including chicken cutlets, pot roast and vegetable soup. Fridays and Sundays were always pasta and my Dad often cooked on Saturdays. As a small child, my favorite of Mom’s standard meals was meatloaf. I think this was, in part, because meatloaf employs ground meat and seasoning and thus one can avoid the bones and veins that are uncomfortable reminders of who the meal once was. (My vegetarian tendencies definitely manifested themselves early on). That and the fact that meatloaf is a great vehicle for ketchup.
When I first gave up meat, I stuck to cooking simple meals like tofu stir-fry and frozen veggie burgers. But as my cooking skills improved, the idea of recreating childhood favorites without the meat ick-factor began to appeal to me. In my search for the perfect meatless loaf, I cooked my way through at least half-a-dozen recipes, finally settling on Dreena Burton’s Lentil Sunflower Pie as the best of the bunch. Although I could have re-blogged that trusty Lentil Sunflower Pie, MoFo calls for just a little bit more.
Instead, I present the Lentil Mushroom Loaf from But I Could Never Go Vegan. Honestly, this loaf recipe isn’t that much different than Dreena’s. It has the same lentil base and similar seasonings. The main differences are the use of mushrooms instead of Sunflower Seeds and a the addition of a ketchup glaze with a little extra kick from vinegar and powdered mustard. Overall, the loaf had a good texture and held together nicely, but it definitely needed the glaze for flavor. That was fine by me because I always drown my loaf in ketchup.
Verdict: If, like me, you grew up with ketchup-covered meatloaf, this Lentil Mushroom Loaf just may inspire some nosh-talgia for you.