As the holidays come closer, gatherings with family and friends are becoming more and more common. Often times, you may be asked to bring a dish to a party, and this black bean and vegetable loaf is an easy recipe that will have them coming back for seconds. This is a great alternative to your average meatloaf and you can modify and change the flavors very easily just by switching which herbs or seasonings you use. Also, because this is so filling you will probably have leftovers! A couple ideas that I have used in the past include “meatloaf” sandwiches or you could even mash the loaf up with tomato sauce and add to pasta for a heartier cold-weather meal.
- 1 ¼ cup black beans
- 1 cup of shitake mushrooms
- 1 red onion
- 1 small orange pepper
- 1 celery stalk
- 2 large cloves of garlic
- Oil of your choosing
- 1 cup of panko bread crumbs
- ½ cup cooked brown rice
- ¼ cup BBQ sauce
- 2 Tablespoons of ketchup
- ½ teaspoon of each: paprika, sage, thyme, cumin, chili powder, and pepper
- Set the oven to 400 °F.
- Put a skillet or pan on medium heat on the stove top.
- Place oil in the skillet and heat.
- Chop onion, garlic, celery, orange pepper, and mushrooms (don’t have to be perfect cuts they will be going into the food processor.
- Add the onions and garlic to the skillet and heat till translucent.
- Add the celery and orange pepper and heat for 5 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms and heat till tender.
- Make an empty circle in the middle of the skillet or pan and add all the dry spices (paprika, sage, thyme, cumin, chili powder, and pepper).
- Heat for 30 seconds and then mix in with the other ingredients.
- Take the skillet off the heat and let cool.
- In a food processor add the black beans and vegetable and herb mix.
- Process until smooth.
- Add bread crumbs, rice, BBQ sauce, and ketchup.
- Process until well incorporate or the texture resembles ground meat.
- Oil or butter the pan you are using for your loaf.
- Add the mixture to the loaf pan.
- Cook for 25 minutes covered and then 25 minutes uncovered or until firm