This vegan corned beef tastes so good, it’s packed with protein, fiber and has no extra fat. My friend Julia gave me this recipe. She makes it for Easter and the winter holidays. If you have given up on meat and are looking for a healthy meat substitute you should definitely try this out. This recipe is gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, low-fat and vegan. My vegan corned beef is made using lentils, oats and veggies. You can use this recipe in many ways. Make meatballs or vegan burger patties. I’ve made this vegan corned beef recipe to my own taste. It is hearty and very tasty. Here are more things you need to know about this vegan meat recipe.
Fun fact: vegan corned beef helped me lose some weight
My diet was high in carbs. I ate a lot of raw fruit and veggies. Even though I did cardio for a month, my weight didn’t come down. Carbohydrates are stored in our muscles and liver as glycogen. Each gram of glycogen stored in your body is bound to 3 or 4 grams of water. I came to this conclusion. My body was accumulating a lot of water. My face and ankles were bloated. As glycogen supplies are topped up by eating carbs, I reduced them. I added this vegan corned beef to my diet and I lost weight. Yay!
5.64 oz (160 g) lentils
1 garden veggie bouillon cube
3 cloves of garlic
3 tablespoons flaxseed
3.17 oz (180 g) quick cook oatmeal
oil for frying veggies
a pinch of nuts (if you have it on hand)
Hearty vegan corned beef instructions
The day before making vegan beef, soak the lenses. Soaking legumes, nuts, seeds or grains neutralizes enzyme-blocking substances. Lentils become easier to digest.
Add 1 liter of water to the saucepan, along with ą veggie bouillon cubes. Bring the water to a boil, add the soaked lentils and let them simmer for about 20 minutes or until soft.
In the meantime, while the lentils simmer, heat the oil in a pan. Peel the carrots, onions and garlic. Finely chop all the peeled veggies and throw them in the skillet. Fry until soft. Sprinkle with salt and a bit of black pepper. Once the veggies are ready, set aside three tablespoons of the veggies (not required) in a separate bowl.
Grind oatmeal and flax seeds into flour in a coffee grinder.
Transfer the cooked lentils to a sieve. Leave for a few minutes to drain.
Add the drained lentils to a food processor, along with the fried vegetables. Blend until smooth and place in a medium-sized bowl.
Add the remaining three spoons of fried veggies to the lentils and veggies mass. Gradually stir in the oatmeal and flaxseed flour. Mix everything until smooth. Taste, add salt and pepper if needed. The mass should be sticky, thick and easy to shape.
Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Form a ham with a spatula and finish by pressing it with your fingers. Put it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350°F/180°C.
After baking, spread tomato sauce on top, sprinkle fresh sprouts, dill, parsley or other greens you like. Enjoy!
How to serve vegan meat?
Serve with your favorite salad or steamed veggies. It is a satisfying and healthy snack. You can make a vegan corned beef sandwich. It’s easy to form raw lentil mass. You can easily make vegan burger patties or meatballs.
Is there a reason you don’t use Tofu?
Yes. Tofu is made from soybeans. Soy contains plant estrogens – isoflavones. High levels of estrogen are associated with the risk of breast cancer. Soybeans also contain substances such as phytates and tannins. These compounds can interfere with digestion and protein absorption. In addition, almost all the soy grown on earth is genetically modified. That’s why I stay away from soy.
What is a good substitute for lentils?
The best lentils substitutes are beans, chickpeas, green peas.
Why is my vegan corned beef so runny?
When I made it for the first time, I blended all the ingredients in a food processor at the same time. That was said in Julia’s recipe. The blender got stuck and it was impossible to grind everything properly. I added a bit of water. Everything came together nicely, but the mass was too liquid, so I had to bake it twice as long. The final result was not what I expected. Actually it turned out to a tasty porridge. Blend the lentils and fried vegetables in a food processor. Transfer the blended mass to a medium bowl and stir in the oat and linseed flour. I use a wooden spoon. The mass will turn out as it is supposed to. Remember – no extra water. That will liquefy the texture.
Do oats contain gluten?
Oats are Avens Sativa, while wheat is either Triticum Aestivum or Triticum Turgidum. Botanically, they are completely different plants, so they contain different specific nutrients. Oats contain a protein called avenin, not gluten. People with celiac disease are fine with oats. Oats are gluten free. However, oats can contain gluten because they may be processed in the same facilities as gluten-containing grains like wheat, rye, and barley. It’s unsafe to include conventionally grown oats in a strict gluten-free diet. Make sure you use organic oats.
One 8-year study of 106 people with celiac disease revealed that half of them ate oats daily — and none experienced negative effects. Even though oats are naturally gluten-free, some people with celiac disease still react to them. Studies show that most people with celiac disease or a wheat allergy can eat 2–3.5 ounces (50–100 grams) of pure oats per day without adverse effects.
What can I use as a substitute for oats?
You can substitute oats for an even healthier ingredient – quinoa, millet or rice. It is also necessary to grind it in a coffee grinder to turn it into flour.
Is vegan beef healthier than meat?
- Oats contain a soluble fiber called beta-glucan. Due to this fiber, a thick gel is formed in the intestines, which increases our feeling of fullness. Beta-glucan increases the release of bile, which breaks down fat molecules. Oats reduce blood cholesterol.
- Studies show that eating meat thickens the blood.
- Meat is more difficult to digest, so when consumed in large quantities, it burdens the body and fills it with substances that promote inflammatory processes.
- Legumes are rich in vegetable protein and healthy carbohydrates. Eating legumes will give you energy throughout the day. For example, if you are sleep-deprived, it is better to choose beans, lentils or chickpeas for lunch instead of meat. They will provide not only satiety from their protein, but also energy from healthy carbohydrates. You will be able to work until the evening.
- Legumes are also rich in fiber. They increase the feeling of satiety, improve digestion, and can help reduce cholesterol levels in the blood.
- Legumes are rich in B vitamins and minerals.
Vegan corned beef nutrition facts
|Serving size: 60g|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 2g||3%|
|Saturated Fat 0.3g||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 18.4g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 7g||25%|
|Total Sugars 1.4g|
|Vitamin D 0mcg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
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