Turkey-Free Holiday Loaf

Maura Knowles - The Upside Blog by Vitacost.com

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 1 minute

Make health the centerpiece on your holiday table with this meatless main dish made from wholesome, vegan ingredients. Guests will gobble up every bite without thinking of turkey, especially when served with all the traditional sides. No need to heat your oven for hours””just pick a bean (any bean!), blend a can with gluten-free baking mix and fresh herbs, then bake for about 20 minutes. Use a loaf pan and divvy up slices or make mini loaves for elegant individual servings. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pinto, black, kidney–pick your favorite bean to customize your turkey-free loaf.

Turkey-Free Holiday Loaf

Serves 6


1 can low-sodium beans, rinsed and drained
2 cloves garlic, diced
½ cup green onions, chopped
2 Tbsp. parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
Juice of ½ lemon or 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
Juice of ½ lime or 1 Tbsp. lime juice
¼ cup unsweetened gluten-free baking mix
½ tsp. cumin
1- ½ Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Cayenne pepper, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend well.

3. Spoon mixture into lightly oiled loaf pan or mini-loaf pans.

4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.


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