This Holiday Chickpea Veggie Loaf is packed with carrot, celery and onion and features the flavors of thyme and sage, making it the perfect meatless “meatloaf” for the holiday season.
I seriously cannot believe that Thanksgiving is next week. Crazy, right? It feels like just yesterday it was still summer.
And this year, not only will I be celebrating Thanksgiving next Thursday, but I will also be celebrating my birthday. It just happens to fall on Thanksgiving every few years. There’s nothing better than a birthday where you’re expected to eat all day!
I remember (back in my younger years) one Thanksgiving Eve when I went to a nightclub with my friends. They just happened to tell the lead singer of the cover band that was playing that the next day was my birthday. He invited me on stage and in front of the whole room, he asked me, “What’s it like to have your birthday on Thanksgiving?”
I replied, “Well, you get to eat a lot!”
I looked out at the crowd and saw my friends hiding their faces. Hey, at least I was honest! 😉
So, speaking of eating a lot, let’s get back to this vegan “meatloaf.” In addition to chickpeas as the base, this baby is packed with the traditional flavors of the Thanksgiving (and Christmas) holidays such as carrot, celery, onion, thyme and sage. Top it with our vegan and gluten-free Chickpea Flour Gravy and you have a winner of a holiday dinner!
Learn how to make it
Preheat oven to 400° F. Make flax eggs and set aside. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add chopped carrot, celery and onion and season with kosher salt. Cook on medium for 5-7 minutes until onion is translucent. Turn off heat and let stand for 1-2 minutes.
Add chickpeas, thyme, sage, white pepper, kosher salt and the chopped veggie mixture to a food processor. Process on low or pulse until everything is well combined but not pureed, scraping down the sides as needed.
Transfer chickpea mixture to a mixing bowl. Add flax eggs, vegetable broth, gluten-free bread crumbs and chickpea flour and use a spoon to mix in.
Form the mixture into a loaf shape and press evenly into loaf pan greased with olive oil cooking spray.
Bake for 45-50 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 10-15 minutes before serving.
Top with gravy and chow down! 😉
Holiday Chickpea Veggie Loaf [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
- 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 6 tablespoons water)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 medium carrots (peeled and chopped)
- 2 medium celery stalks (chopped)
- 1/4 cup onion (chopped)
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt (divided into 1/4 and 1/2)
- (2) 15 oz. cans no salt added chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp ground sage
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
- 1/4 cup gluten-free, low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup plain vegan & gluten-free bread crumbs
- 3 tbsp chickpea flour
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Spray loaf pan with olive oil cooking spray and set aside.
Whisk ground flaxseed and water together with a fork and set aside.
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add chopped carrot, celery and onion and season with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook on medium for 5-7 minutes until onion is translucent. Turn off heat and let stand for 1-2 minutes.
Add chickpeas, thyme, sage, white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and the chopped veggie mixture to a food processor. Process on low or pulse until everything is well combined but not pureed, scraping down the sides as needed.
Transfer chickpea mixture to a mixing bowl. Use a spoon to stir in flax eggs, vegetable broth, gluten-free bread crumbs and chickpea flour.
Form the mixture into a loaf shape and press evenly into greased loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
Allow to cool for at least 10-15 minutes before serving.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Accuracy is not guaranteed. Information shown should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Please note that nutrition facts for this recipe were calculated without gravy or any other condiments.
In addition, the nutrition calculator used did not make accommodations for low-sodium vegetable broth or no salt added chickpeas.
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