Friday, May 26, 2006

Design-A-Loaf: The Magic Robot Recipe Maker

I'm in total awe of this vegan-loaf "recipe generator" designed by Jennifer "Schmoo" of the blog Vegan Lunch Box. Just choose your ingredients--whatever you have in the pantry and fridge--and voila... The computer will tell you what's for dinner and how to make it! Just click the loaf to be taken there.... or read on to try the recipe I made. Happy loaf generation!

Katherine the Great's Amazing Soy Sesame Loaf


1/2 cup sesame seeds

2 TB olive oil

One onion, diced

One large garlic clove, minced

One large carrot, peeled and grated

Two celery ribs, diced

2 cups cooked soy beans

1 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 to 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth, as needed

1/2 cup cooked oatmeal

1/2 tsp. dried sage

1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

1/4 tsp. dried oregano

2 TB nutritional yeast flakes

2 TB soy sauce


1. Preheat the oven to 350. Oil a loaf pan or spray with nonstick spray and set aside.

2. Grind the sesame seeds into a coarse meal using a food processor or spice/coffee grinder. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

3. Saute any vegetables you've chosen in the olive oil until soft. Add to the large mixing bowl along with all the remaining ingredients. Mix and mash together well, adding only as much liquid as needed to create a soft, moist loaf that holds together and is not runny. Add more liquid or binder/carbohydrate as needed.

4. Press mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until cooked through.

5. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then turn out onto a plate or platter and slice. Serve with potatoes, vegetables, and vegetarian gravy, if desired.

6. Cold leftover slices of make a great sandwich filling. . "Such a strange loaf, -- suitable to any occasion."


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