Vegetable, Chickpea and Tofu Loaf with Cashews

Vegetable, Chickpea and Tofu Loaf with Cashews

This is a simply incredible loaf which is perfect at any time of the day. Served hot with gravy or cold with a salad and pickles, the taste and textures will want you reaching for another slice. This will be one that you will always turn to when you want something tasty.

save_time2 Hours servesServes 4-6 nut? kcal per serving

INGREDIENTS

250 g ( 9 oz ) leeks, tough ends discarded and then finely chopped

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 tablespoon vitalite, or other vegan spread

150 g ( 5 oz ) mushrooms, chopped

1 medium red pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 400 g ( 14 oz ) tin chickpeas, drained

1 medium carrot, grated

200 g ( 7 oz ) potatoes, steamed and mashed

1 teaspoon English mustard

1 200 g ( 7 oz ) firm tofu

50 g ( 2 oz ) breadcrumbs

2 sun dried tomatoes, chopped

2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

30 g ( 1.5 oz ) cashews, lightly crushed

METHOD

1 Heat the oil and vitalite in a frying pan over a medium heat and when melted add the leeks. Cook for 5 minutes and then reduce the heat to medium/low and cook for a further 10 minutes until the leeks have become very soft.

2 Add the mushrooms, red pepper and garlic and continue to cook on medium/low for a further 10 minutes.

3 Add 1/2 of the chickpeas, the grated carrot and cook again for a further 5 minutes until everything is combined and soft.

NOW – Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. (350 F), Gas Mark 4

4 Remove from the heat and stir in the mashed potato.

5 Turn out into a large bowl.

6 Next, in a food processor, add the rest of the chickpeas, mustard, tofu, breadcrumbs, sun dried tomatoes, black pepper and tamari and process until the mixture has become very combined.

7 Place into the bowl with the other ingredients and mix well and then place the mixture into a greased and lined loaf tin.

8 Bake for 30 minutes uncovered. Remove from the oven and cover gently with foil and then put back into the oven for 20 minutes.

9 Remove the foil cover and place back into the over for a further 10 minutes.

10 Lastly, turn out onto a baking sheet, top side down, and place back in the oven uncovered for a further 15-20 minutes.

11 Leave to cool to room temperature before carving and serving.

If you are serving hot, carve and then reheat the slices in the oven at 180 degrees for 10-15 minutes until heated through.

RECIPE NOTES

A mix of half cashews to half pistachio nuts makes for a good tasty alternative.

RECIPE TIPS

If you wish to freeze the loaf, allow to cool, slice and then individually freeze the slices. These can be reheated from frozen in the oven

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