Vegan Meat Recipe


This was a tasty thrifty way to eat vegetarian this week. I’m often wary of meat replacements because they just never taste that great to me, but we all liked this recipe. It’s super cheap to make, about 3-4 dollars a pan which breaks down into 4 meal sized servings and you can freeze it for later use.

Ground Meat Substitute

Vegan Meat Substitute Recipe


  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 cups green lentils
  • 1 tsp salt, optional I added salt because I used a homemade montreal steak seasoning without salt--cook first and add salt as needed later on in the process
  • 2 TBSP Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 1/2 cup high gluten flour


  1. boil the rice, lentils, salt(if using) and seasonings in water to cover by 2 inches
  2. bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer
  3. cook until the rice and lentils are almost tender, I cooked them about 20-25 minutes
  4. remove from heat, pour off any excess water, there wasn't any left in mine
  5. add the oatmeal, olive oil and the flour, combine well
  6. turn into a baking dish
  7. bake for 1 hour at 300˚ stirring every 15 minutes or so
  8. cool and use in place of meat in tacos or burritos

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I think I finally found a way to enjoy green lentils! This is a delicious non processed, whole foods, meat replacement and I’m happy to add it to my arsenal of vegetarian recipes worth keeping.

I amended my original post to add a note about salt, I used a homemade version of montreal steak seasoning without salt. I added some salt and then added more as needed after baking it for a while.


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10 thoughts on “Vegan Meat Recipe”

  1. This sounds good (although extremely high in salt). I'll have to check and see if they make a lower sodium steak seasoning. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi, thanks for featuring the recipe. I like the addition of the smoked paprika, I will have to try that. There's not really much salt. I actually only added what's in the steak seasoning to mine, didn't add extra and it was great as is.

    Kristi @
    Veggie Converter

  3. I like the sound of those meat replacements Laura – they sound delicious. Thank you so much for hosting Just Another Meatless Monday. Have a great week!

    By the way, I'm almost certain I have seen a low salt version of Montreal Steak Seasoning on the grocery store shelves recently when I've been visiting North America.

  4. Oh we absolutely loved your veggie patties, so I'll have to try this meat substitute too! I love love love that you put it in burritos, that looks so delicious!

    Don't EVER buy the Montreal Steak Seasoning from the Dollar Tree. It is effing NASTAY. Ruined a whole crock pot of food using it. Bleck.

    I'm sharing an oldie but goodie this week! We eat it at least twice a month. It's cheap, easy, quick, and I always have rice and a can of beans on hand!

  5. Hi Laura, Your meat substitute looks so good but you should give it a nice name that complements the great flavor! I am sure you can come up with something wonderful like mixed up never miss the meaty pilaf! 😉 I am linking up a new recipe that I just created that you can make meatless or with meat and both ways it turns out awesome! Tex Mex Quinoa Loco is now my family's favorite recipe! All the best! Alex

  6. Ooo yum! I am so glad that you posted this. I am not a fan of tofu so when it comes to ground meat I always just used beans. I will definitely have to give this a try. I bookmarked it and cannot wait :o)

  7. I just wanted to tell you I've had this bookmarked for quite awhile now and finally made it yesterday. It was great! The husband even ate it, which means this is a total keeper.


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