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Meatless Meatloaf is a delicious, savory dish that’s also healthy. The combination of pecans, and vegetables makes it a filling meal on its own, or you can serve it with a side of mashed potatoes or rice pilaf.
Pecan meatloaf is a unique and tasty way to serve dinner. This meatloaf recipe has all the classic flavors of traditional meatloaf but with a twist. The sesame seeds, onion, garlic powder, and pecans make this dish stand out from other recipes. It’s truly unlike any other meatloaf you’ve tried before.
Cooked pecan meatloaf should be stored in shallow sealed jars or securely covered in heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap to maintain quality and safety. Cooked meatloaf is best utilized within three to four days of being refrigerated.
- Calories: 471
- Total Fat: 28g
- Saturated Fat: 8.6g
- Total Carbohydrate: 32.4g
- Dietary Fiber: 4.6g
- Sugars: 3g
- Protein: 25.7g
- Vitamin A: 525.7µg
- Vitamin C: 25.8mg
- Calcium: 583.4mg
- Iron: 4.3mg
- Vitamin D: 1.2µg
- Magnesium: 166.3mg
- Potassium: 777.8mg
- Vitamin B6: 0.5mg
- Vitamin B12: 0.8µg
Benefits of Pecan Meat Loaf
Meatless Meatloaf is a delicious variation of the classic. It has all of the flavor and nutrition you love about traditional meatloaf but with added benefits like antioxidants to boost your immune system and keep you feeling healthy.
- Pecans meatloaf promotes heart health
Pecan meatloaf is a good source of plant-based fats. Plant-based fats, like those found in pecans, can help to lower cholesterol levels. It’s important to keep your cholesterol healthy because high levels put you at risk for heart disease and stroke.
- Pecans are also a great source of fiber.
One serving (about 1½ ounces) provides 10 percent of the recommended daily value. Fiber helps maintain intestinal health by promoting regular bowel movements, reducing constipation, and improving colon health. Consuming foods high in fiber can lower blood sugar levels by delaying the release of sugar from carbohydrates into the bloodstream after meals.
- It can help fight inflammation
An excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids in pecans. Your body’s natural response to injury or infection is inflammation, which can be dangerous if it persists for an extended period of time. Omega-3s help reduces inflammation, reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Packed with antioxidants
Antioxidants are chemicals that combat free radicals. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that can harm cells by robbing them of their electrons. Antioxidants give up their electrons to the free radicals, preventing them from doing harm this process is called oxidation. Pecan meatloaf is rich in antioxidants, which help prevent cell damage and may help prevent such as aging-related illnesses etc.
- Pecan meatloaf is a great source of healthy fat
The body needs fat to function. It is an essential source of energy and aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and other substances that are fat-soluble. In fact, you need to have some fat in your diet at all times because some vitamins can only be absorbed when they are present in the presence or with a certain amount of fat. This is why many foods that are high in vitamins contain high amounts of fat as well. Fat also slows down digestion which helps provide energy throughout the day, prevents blood sugar spikes/crashes, and improves bowel health.
Another favorite recipe of mine is my Vegan Meatloaf
Pecan Meat Loaf is a delicious, rich, and nutty meatloaf that’s perfect for dinner with your family or as an appetizer at a party. Learn to make a pecan meatloaf that will impress your friends and family. This recipe is easy to follow, and it tastes amazing!
- 1 cup Pecan meal
- 3/4 cup TVP beef granules re-hydrated TEXTURED VEGETABLE PROTEIN
- 2 cups cooked brown rice or cooked millet
- 2/3 cup Whole-wheat flour or unbleached white flour
- 3 cups Breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp. Sweet basil
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 3 cloves Garlic minced
- 3/4 tsp. Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 cup Coconut milk
- 1/4 cup Braggs Liquid Amino
- 1 cup Onion finely chopped
- 1/2 cup Sweet pepper
- 1/4 cup Ketchup
- 1 1/2 cup Water
Set the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
Spread parchment paper over a loaf pan and set it aside.
Place TVP in a pot with the water, onions and other herbs.
Once the TVP is soft and rehydrated, add all other ingredients.
I usually bake on a baking sheet preferably. I top mine with BBQ sauce.
Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes or until thoroughly done. Before slicing and serving the meatloaf warm or at room temperature with mashed potatoes on top, remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes.
Can I substitute any other nut meal?
Yes! You can use any nut meal you like to make this meatloaf. Since each nut has different moisture content and density, you will need to adjust the amount of liquid in your recipe accordingly. For example, if I were using hazelnut meal instead of pecan meal, I would increase the amount of water by 1/4 cup per 1 cup of hazelnut meal and decrease the soy sauce by 1 tablespoon per 1 cup of hazelnut meal.
Additionally, if you are using walnuts instead of pecans and they contain more oil than pecans (which is likely), then you may want to reduce the olive oil as well since there is already plenty from those nuts themselves.
What is TVP or textured vegetable protein?
TVP is a dried soy product that comes in granulated form and can be used as a meat substitute. TVP contains all the essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein. It also contains iron, calcium, phosphorus, and B vitamins.
However, TVP is high in sodium so you’ll want to make sure you’re using low sodium or no-salt-added versions of this ingredient if possible (you can find these at most grocery stores).
While TVP does have some good qualities for your health (like being high in fiber), there are other ways you can get similar benefits without using it as an ingredient. You could try quinoa flakes instead of TVP. They’re made from quinoa seeds but taste similar to TVP when cooked up like ground beef.
What are the pros and cons of the TVP?
• It’s very easy to make.
• It’s a great way to use up leftovers.
• Some people may have an allergic reaction to soy.
• Some people may find the nut meal a bit pricey.
What are the health benefits of eating a pecan meatloaf vs meatloaf?
The main health advantage of eating a pecan meatloaf is that it contains less saturated fat and more fiber than traditional meatloaf. Saturated fat is the type of fat that can raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, while fiber can reduce your risk for heart disease by lowering blood pressure and helping to lower LDL levels.
Additionally, TVP is high in protein, which helps you feel full longer after eating it, this may help you lose weight if you’re trying to shed pounds. TVP is also low in calories compared with ground beef and other types of meat, just 100 grams contains only 150 calories. Finally, TVP offers iron and zinc, both essential nutrients for a healthy diet.
What else can be substituted for TVP or textured vegetable protein?
If you’re a vegetarian, it is possible to substitute TVP or textured vegetable protein for meat in your favorite recipes. You can also use beans, quinoa, and other grains like potatoes, rice, and millet. If these options are not appealing to you, there are some additional choices including:
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