Vegan MoFo: Amaranth Loaf & Giveaway Winner!

Let's begin with announcing the winner of the Parmela Giveaway! Congratulations, Green Veggies - you have an e-mail waiting for you to claim your winnings! Can't wait to see how you parm up your meals.

With fall upon us it is the time of year for warm and hearty meals. When I was a kid this meant lots of mashed potatoes served with a side of meatloaf. I've tried my hand at making lentil loaf before, with results being meh, so I approached my latest culinary adventure cautiously.

The recipe I used for this loaf called for amaranth in addition to lentils. Never having tried the pseudograin before, yet having read blog posts about it, I had high hopes that it would bring a needed nutty flavor the dish. I was not disappointed this time!

With the right combination of spices and flavors this loaf was satisfying and delicate at the same time. Topped with homemade ketchup (no sugar or processed foods, per my Whole Life Challenge!) and joined by a huge serving of roasted carrots, cauliflower, and brussels... my taste buds were singing!

The ketchup turned out surprisingly well, although the addition of the cinnamon, per the recipe, was a bit strange and I don't think I would add it again. The veggies were topped with olive oil, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Very simple.

Also included on my plate are *spicy* cauliflower bites! The recipe couldn't be simpler: toss chopped cauliflower with Frank's Hot Sauce and bake for 20-30 minutes. Nom!

What's your favorite fall, child-memory-inducing meal?

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