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Mexican Vegetarian “Meatloaf”

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You may remember from my recent post for “Meatloaf” Veggie Burgers that one of the only foods that I really miss since becoming a vegetarian is my dad’s meatloaf.  I have developed a great alternative with my Vegetarian “Meatloaf,” but wanted to spice things up a bit (literally) with inspiration from Kristen’s recipe for Mexican Meatloaf.  I am a big Mexican food lover, so incorporating Mexican flavors into this traditional dish was a no brainer!

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Mexican Vegetarian “Meatloaf”

Servings: 3-4

Ingredients

EVOO cooking spray
2 cups fat-free cottage cheese
4 eggwhites, beaten
1/4 cup ketchup
1 envelope dry onion soup mix (ensure that the brand you purchase does not contain meat)
1 TB taco seasoning
3 cups Corn Flakes cereal
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup zucchini, shredded
1/4 cup frozen corn
salsa, for topping

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a loaf pan with EVOO cooking spray.

2. Combine all ingredients (except salsa) into a large mixing bowl.  Stir until well-combined.

3. Pour “meatloaf” mixture into loaf pan and drizzle with salsa for the topping.

4. Bake, uncovered, for approximately 60 to 70 minutes, or until the top becomes crispy and golden brown.  Mine cooked about 65 minutes total.

It should come out of the oven looking something like this:

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Now if this recipe is not easy, then I don’t know what is!

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Serve your Mexican Vegetarian “Meatloaf” alongside your favorite vegetable or with a side of Mexican rice.  A Mexican-inspired taco side salad would also make a fabulous accompaniment to this meatloaf.

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The first time that I ate this meatloaf I added a bit of sriracha sauce to spice it up even more.  It was a delicious addition.  However, when I ate my leftovers I did not add sriracha sauce and it was just as good and as flavorful!

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My favorite slices of the meatloaf were definitely the edge pieces.  They were extra crispy and provided not only great flavor, but a really delicious texture.

I absolutely love my classic and more “traditional” vegetarian version of meatloaf, but this Mexican-inspired variation was such a nice change.  I loved the spicy flavors brought in by the use of the taco seasoning and salsa, and I always find it incredibly fun to sneak vegetables into my meatloaf.  That is one of the best features of meatloaf, after all, am I right? ;)

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Do you enjoy Mexican-inspired foods?  Have you ever added Mexican flavors to a traditionally “non-Mexican” dish?

{ 47 comments… add one }

  • Erin March 21, 2013, 8:12 pm

    I loooove mexican! One thing I’ve made that wan’t traditionally Mexican is my Mexi-egg rolls

    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 21, 2013, 8:20 pm

      That sounds amazing! I love egg rolls, so I am sure that a Mexican variation would be super tasty :).

  • Leigha March 21, 2013, 8:38 pm

    Now that looks good! And super easy! I’ve never had meatloaf before but this looks like an awesome substitute!

  • Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness March 21, 2013, 8:54 pm

    I love mexican, have never thought of making a mexican meatloaf before.

  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats March 21, 2013, 9:47 pm

    Wow I love that cottage cheese is your main base for this I would never have thought of it!

  • hisnhershealthynhappy March 21, 2013, 10:06 pm

    Oh wow that looks delicious! I can’t believe that cottage cheese and corn flakes looks so much like real meat!

  • jessielovestorun March 21, 2013, 11:55 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe!! I’ve been all about meatloaf lately, and this recipe is just awesome!

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance March 22, 2013, 4:13 am

    Corn flakes and cottage cheese?! Such surprising ingredients in there! I’ve seen many vegetarian meatloaf recipes, but never one like this. I LOVE Mexican food–it’s one of my favorites and could probably eat it everyday, no problem. :)

    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 22, 2013, 10:11 am

      The ingredient list totally throws you for a loop, doesn’t it?? ;)

      **Updated: It won’t let me comment on your second reply, so I will here! I am not sure what would be a good substitute. Possibly large bread crumbs? They would have to have some substance to them because that is what actually holds the “meatloaf” together. I’ll let you know if I think of anything else!

      • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance March 23, 2013, 7:13 pm

        Okay–so I came back to this recipe today . . . do you think there are any good substitutions for the corn flakes? That would be the one ingredient I wouldn’t have. Hmmm . . . . any thoughts? :)

  • cookingfortheotherhalf March 22, 2013, 6:32 am

    I say this about all your recipe posts, but that looks amazing! I adore Mexican inspired foods and could eat something Mexican’ish several times a week.

  • Meredith March 22, 2013, 7:23 am

    Looks delicious! I love Mexican, I find myself incorporating avocado to a lot of my lunches and snacks lately. Love it!

  • slimsanity March 22, 2013, 7:26 am

    a mexican spin on veggie meatloaf… this is a great idea!!

  • jessiebearwhat March 22, 2013, 9:28 am

    this looks so tasty, but that ingredient list is really weird! haha I would try this in a heart beat though :D

    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 22, 2013, 10:14 am

      The ingredients totally sound weird, don’t they? What they combine to make is surprisingly delicious, though!

  • robynstar21 March 22, 2013, 9:40 am

    wow i can’t believe that looks so much like meat but isn’t! I love Amy’s frozen entree veggie meatloaf and this looks so much like that. I bet you’d get more crispy edges if you made these in a muffin tin :)

  • Jennifer@knackfornutrition March 22, 2013, 9:52 am

    I love Mexican food. Usually in the form of Chipotle or chips and guacamole but this looks delicious too! :)

  • makingthymeforhealth March 22, 2013, 11:22 am

    I would have never guessed this had Cornflakes in it! How interesting, sounds yummy!

  • Em @ Love A Latte March 22, 2013, 12:07 pm

    Mexican flavored foods are awesome! I wish I had eaten this meatloaf growing up rather than the real stuff!

  • Brittany March 22, 2013, 12:52 pm

    Mexican is my FAVORITE!! YUMMM. The asparagus goes perfect with this meal.

  • chasingchels March 22, 2013, 2:17 pm

    omg girl this looks amazing!! definitely making this sometime next week…this would be awesome for lunch each day on top of my salads :)

    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 22, 2013, 4:18 pm

      OOooo good idea!! It would definitely dress up a salad. Add in some avocado and salsa and you would be all set!

  • Natalie March 22, 2013, 2:36 pm

    Love Mexican flavors, and corn flakes in this make for great crunch!

  • moderngirlnutrition March 22, 2013, 11:19 pm

    It looks like the real thing!! Yum!

  • Khushboo Thadani (@KhushbooThadani) March 23, 2013, 1:08 am

    I LOVE Mexican food…is there anything better than the combo of salsa & guac? I am hooked on those packets of Old El Paso taco seasoning and add them to my eggs daily! I know I know, those aren’t authentic but they seriously hit the spot!

    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 23, 2013, 9:13 pm

      Taco seasoning added to your eggs?? That sounds awesome! Now I know what to do with my leftover taco seasoning from this recipe! ;)

  • Sara @ Nourish and Flourish March 23, 2013, 1:17 am

    I absolutely ADORE Mexican food! In fact, I’d say that it *might* be my very favorite cuisine (the close contender being Italian). You simply can’t beat the complex flavors, and I love the spicy kick that comes with them. :)

    Your spins on meatloaf are so much fun; I’ve bookmarked this one, and will definitely try it when/if I’m able to eat cottage cheese again!

    Happy Friday, Hannah! <3

  • o2befitmom March 23, 2013, 1:14 pm

    I am jealous of all your recipes and cooking! I cant find the time or energy for dinner to make something that takes longer than 5 min haha!

    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 23, 2013, 9:15 pm

      It can definitely get time-consuming. This one is really easy, though. You just throw it all into a bowl and then into the loaf pan. I actually cooked mine the night before I planned on eating it to save time.

  • Carol @ Lucky Zucca March 25, 2013, 12:50 pm

    Ohhh I’ve been looking for a recipe like this! Thanks for sharing!

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