Vegan Chickpea Roast Loaf

With more and more people exploring the free-from diet, here is a creative way for a vegan to enjoy a hearty roast dinner while still avoiding animal-based products.


Vegan Chickpea Roast Loaf
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Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery, finely chopped
  • 80g carrot, peeled and grated
  • 150g courgette, grated
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • Zest of half a lemon and juice of a whole lemon
  • Dash of tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs, finely chopped
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • Black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Line a small loaf tin measuring approx. 17cm x 7cm with greaseproof paper. Pre-heat the oven to 200oC (180C fan, gas mark 6).
  2. Place the vegetables into a large saucepan along with the oil. Stir and then place on the lid. Leave them to sweat over low heat until softened, stirring occasionally. This will take around 15 minutes.
  3. Add the tahini, your choice of tamari or soy sauce, lemon zest and juice and mixed herbs, and stir well to combine.
  4. Place the beans and chickpeas into a food processor and blend until fairly smooth. If you don't have a food processor, mash the beans and chickpeas with a fork or potato masher until smooth.
  5. Add the bean mixture to the vegetable mixture, stir to combine and season with black pepper to taste (you shouldn't need salt because of the tamari/soy sauce).
  6. Scrape the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and smooth the top. Bake in the pre-heated oven for around 45 minutes until golden and firm to the touch.
  7. Serve with fluffy roast potatoes and blanched carrots, broccoli and green beans.

 

 

Vicki Montague is the founder of the Free From Fairy blog, which she created to help people on restricted and free-from diets wanting to enjoy delicious, healthy and nutritious home-cooked food. A mother, scientist and recipe developer, Vicki also created the world’s first whole grain, rice-free and gluten-free flour blend and won a Silver Award for Innovation at the Free from Awards 2017.

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