Versatile vegan oat mushroom ground beef ! It is soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, high protein, and only 108 calories per 1/4 lb. One batch makes about 3 pounds.
Vegan Ground Beef made with Oats & Mushrooms
Happy Meatless Monday, everyone! I’m about to make it happier with a versatile entrée recipe that will make tonight’s dinner a slam dunk.
It’s my second take (here’s my first) on a multi-purpose, vegan ground beef that can be used in a wealth of recipes.
This version, made with oats and mushrooms, is even easier than the first, and every bit as delicious.
How Can I Use this Plant-Based Meat?
You’ll be able to make a plethora of dishes with this one recipe because it is so versatile!
(1) Brown it
Brown it on the stovetop for in pasta dishes, tacos, or sloppy joes.
2. Make meatballs
Roll it into balls of any size for super-simple baked meatballs.
3. Shape & bake into meatloaf
4. Create some awesome burgers
Or shape the mixture into patties for your new favorite, 1/4-pound garden burgers (baked, with ease, in about 20 minutes).
Nutritional Highlights of Oat Mushroom Ground Beef
In addition to its versatility, delicious flavor and meaty texture, this simple mix is:
- A good source of plant protein (6g per 1/4 pound)
- A very good source of B vitamins
The ingredient list is brief. If you have oats and onions on hand, fresh mushrooms may be the only item you need from the store.
How to Make Oat Mushroom Ground Beef
More good news: no sautéing required!
Instead, simply bring to a boil 3 and 1/3 cups water along with chopped mushrooms, onions, nutritional yeast (I have options in the recipe for omitting or subbing this), and seasonings (garlic powder, dried herb blend such as Italian herbs), salt, pepper, and smoked paprika).
Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1o minutes.
Add the Oats
The only remaining ingredient is rolled oats (3 cups worth). For a varied texture to the finished product, I like to coarsely grind half of the oats in a food processor. It’s entirely optional, though, so go with what you prefer or what is easiest on a given day.
Remove the hot mushroom mixture the heat and add the oats/ground oats, stirring until completely combined. Go ahead and taste, adjusting the seasonings as desired.
Allow the mixture to cool completely in the pan, without any additional stirring. The oats will soak up the liquid, resulting in a thick, firm final product:
You can use the “ground beef” immediately, refrigerate for 2 days, or package into smaller portions (e.g., 1/2 pound or 1 pound) and freeze for future meals.
Vary the Flavors to Suit Your Tastes
Do not let a lack of herbs and spices prevent you from making the recipe. I used garlic powder and an herb blend for all-around flavors, and smoked paprika for its umami smokiness, but they are, nonetheless, my subjective choices.
Use the herbs and spice you prefer or have on hand to make this recipe your own.
Oil-Free, or Add Oil if You Like
As with my previous vegan ground beef recipe, this recipe is free of added fats and oils. You can keep it that way, or add the amount of fat you would like for any given recipe.
For example, I like to brown the meat (1 pound/454 g) in 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil, or add the same amount for burgers, meatballs or meatloaf. It’s your choice!
Enjoy the recipe, everyone!
More Easy, Plant-Based Meat Recipes to Try:
- Vegan Ground Beef
- 3-Ingredient Almond Flour Vegetable Nuggets
- Mushroom Almond Flour Ground Beef (2 ingredients)
- Vegan Lentil Taco Meat
- Lentil & Mushroom Meatballs
- Lentil & Vegetable Kefta
- Grain-Free Lentil Loaf