Maybe you chose a vegetarian – or vegan – lifestyle.
Maybe you simply want to eat a little less meat.
Either way, this is a great recipe for you!
Start with about one pound of either soy flakes or texturized vegetable protein (TVP), also made from soy. Both need to be cooked thoroughly IMHO, with plenty of spices and salt to taste. Use at least twice as much water as flakes or TVP, by volume. Spices that go well with this are:
Instant vegetable broth, Season All, pepper, crushed red pepper, Old Bay, curry powder, rosemary, some kind of smoke-flavored salt, paprika, oregano… you get the idea. Not everything all together. Use what you like and know. A rule of thumb might be: if you would like it in spaghetti sauce, you will probably like it here! You want this water to be very spicy, otherwise the end product will be bland and – tasteless.
Simmer until most of the water has been absorbed. Let cool. Now add chopped onion, garlic, a little olive oil, and about one cup semolina. Mix well.
Pour into paper-lined loaf pan and bake at 350°F (180°C) for about one hour, till firm. Slice when cold. I refrigerated this overnight before slicing it. Make hearty slices!
If you want to heat this up for a crowd, place slices on a lightly oiled cookie sheet. Drizzle a little oil over all and bake until quite hot again. If you want only one or two slices, heat gently in a non-stick frying pan.
Add some gravy of choice and serve with potatoes and a salad.
Or you could have a burger! Whole wheat bread, ketchup, mustard, pickels, onion slices… whatever fits your burger style!