Nothing says meatloaf like a tv tray!
I love using this vintage tv tray as background for food photos (exhibit a, b and c!) It reminds me of being at my grandparents when I was young. My Dad has three brothers and three sisters, so the adults filled up the kitchen table at family gatherings, setting the kids up beside with a tv tray. Year after year, trays were added to the lineup as the family grew and we extended down the hallway! At our largest, the last in line was directly beside the front door!
This particular tray is from a set my parents received as a wedding gift (hello 70s) which has a tray for each season. (I didn’t realize until this posting that I’m using the Fall one when it’s Spring!) I plan to
steal borrow them all to go along with my love of eating seasonally.
So about this “meat”loaf…
I really enjoy the challenge of creating meatless meals that my meat-and-potatoes man will give the thumbs up to (really I do!) While he occasionaly will surprise himself at liking a quinoa bowl or beet salad, one way to increase my odds is to make a meat-like meal. As in taking typical meaty meals (sloppy joes, spagehetti and meatballs, burgers etc.) and vegetarianizing them. (new word alert!)
This two bean meatless meatloaf recipe really satisfies and got the thumbs up! I was inspired by my love for Planet Organic’s lentil loaf and tried playing around with ingredients. In the end, nothing could compare to this delicious version I’d tried back in fall and have made countless times since. I wanted to share it with you as an example of how to ease in to vegetarian meals.
While I make my fair share of green smoothies, quinoa bowls and other healthnut-ish (wow is it ever a day for making up words!) meals, I want to show readers that going meatless does not equal deprivation or making huge changes at once. Further, it is includes the tastiest meals I’ve ever cooked!
What’s on callie’s/a vegetarian’s plate is more than just salad!