Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bean Loaf

J15 and I are doing pretty well on our veggie month eating. Ok- I'll admit- she ate a chicken eggroll and I had some ham on a sandwich the other day. But all in all- we're doing well. Last night we had some roasted veggies. And with it we tried something new. The guys had some pork that I had put in the crock pot but J15 and I had some red bean loaf.
Kind of like meat loaf, only beanier....
I've been eyeing this recipe for a few years but have never made it before. It was pretty tasty and wasn't hard to make. Even V thought it was good. It can be served either hot or cold (it actually made pretty good sandwiches for lunch today sliced thin on bread with sweet pickles).
Here's the recipe:
1 lb dried red beans (I used kidney- they were what I actually had a whole pound of)
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
4 eggs, slightly beaten
salt and pepper

Soak and cook beans, then drain and mash- don't worry about lumps.
In a large bowl, combine the beans with the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Place into two 9x5 inch loaf pans (greased or oiled) and bake in a 350* oven for about an hour. Each loaf serves 4-6 depending on how it is served.

It was recommended to serve it with a sauce and I can see why. While tasty, it was a bit on the dry side which a spicy tomato sauce would cure easily. It was also suggested to serve it cold with a bit of curry mayonnaise.

Gotta go- I've got a veggie lasagna in the oven. YUM!


  1. Judy, this sounds interesting... but get J15 to come up with a better name for it, lol!

  2. Thanks for sharing this recipe-I am working on getting my girls to accept beans and this may help.

  3. I think I'll try this and adding some deer meat that I have in my freezer...I'll bet it will taste good. (We've cut down on eating meat but.....I really like the taste of venison, beef, name it LOL!)

  4. Glad to hear both of you are doing well! It sounds like a good recipe too. How do you think it would fare as left-overs? A variation that might also work is potatoes as a binder rather than the eggs - it might give a nice additional creaminess. Or at least that's something I've found when doing veg "cakes" (like veg patties on the stove...) - no idea if it works in a loaf kind of thing!

  5. Bean Loaf. When I saw it I wasn't quite sure just what it was. I'd have to put some sauce on it. I love beans so I am sure I'd like it. Looks easy to make like you said. Sounds good in a sandwhich...with some Katsup...debbie

  6. Thanks for the recipe. We will be making it here. Although, I might put a touch of bacon in it like you suggested! And maybe a creamy dill white sauce on top when serving?

    Sure hope you all make it through whatever bug is there and are feeling better very quickly.

  7. i bet that would be killer with a bit of sauce and some Melted Cheese on top... mmmm.


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