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Sunday Dinner: Neatloaf

There's a restaurant here in San Francisco, Ananda Fuara, which was established as a Sri Chinmoy enterprise (translation: it would be an understatement to say that it's got a big-time new age spiritual vibe going on). To go along with its new-ageyness, the menu is completely vegetarian, with nearly half of it being vegan. I went there once with my friend Cindy and ordered the "neatloaf," a vegetarian meatloaf substitute. I wasn't sure what they put in it, but I really craved it for months. At the time, I didn't live in San Francisco, which meant I couldn't exactly pop over during lunch. So I did the next best thing, I hunted around on the internet until I found the neatloaf recipe (or at least one that claims to be it). It came out pretty fantastic, I took it to a potluck and the vegetarians there gave it a thumbs up - in fact the meat eaters did too. So if you're looking for a filling & hearty vegetarian option for tonight's dinner feast, I suggest you give this "neatloaf" a try (really, some how it is amazingly tasty). And if you're a vegetarian who misses real meatloaf, I have no idea what you're waiting for. For the recipe,

Ananda Fuara Neatloaf
Adapted from Recipe Link

This recipe calls for a few pre-processed items, if you're vegetarian, be sure to check the ingredient lists.

Neatloaf Ingredients:
2 garlic cloves
1/3 cup chopped sweet onion
4 eggs
1 envelope onion soup
5 oz lowfat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup extra firm tofu (mashed)
1/4 cup of canola oil
2-3 large basil leaves chiffonaded
6 large fresh oregano leaves shredded
1/4 tsp fresh rosemary
3 1/2 cups of Special K cereal (or any other flake-only cereal)

Sauce Ingredients:
1/3 cup Ketchup
1 tsp tabasco
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1/4 cup molasses
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 grinds of fresh black pepper
kosher salt

  • Preheat the oven to 300 F.
  • In a frying pan sauté garlic and sweet onions. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat eggs, then add all ingredients in order except cereal. Mix Well.
  • Add cereal, crunch it up when mixing.
  • Grease pan (or spray with cooking spray) and add mixture to pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour.
  • While loaf is baking, make sauce by mixing all ingredients into medium sized bowl.
  • Once one hour has passed, remove loaf, cover with sauce and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, slice and serve while warm!
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