Vegan, and gluten free!
All of these ingredients can be purchased at a grocery store like Nature’s Fare. I used all organic ingredients.
As this new year begins, I think it’s safe to say that we all would like to add some healthy dinner ideas into our lives! I am not a vegetarian or vegan, but I like to incorporate at least 2 dinners a week that are free of meat. This lentil Loaf is inspired by Oh she glows Lentil loaf . I ended up modifying the recipe by swapping out about half the ingredients for ingredients I like better. It is a hearty loaf that will give you that meaty, rich texture and flavor that a real meat loaf would! I just love making it to enjoy 2 nights in a row because it often will tastes even better the next day. It’s a great crowd pleasing recipe as well for when you are having guests over.
This loaf also freezes well, so for that reason I will often double it and stick one cooked loaf in the freezer for another day.
- 1 cup uncooked green lentils
- 1 cup finely chopped almonds or walnuts (I used almonds)
- 3TB ground flax soaked in 1/2 cup water for at least 10 min
- 3 garlic cloves finely minced (or 3 tsp garlic powder in a pinch)
- 1 cup each finely diced onion and celery
- 1 cup grated carrot
- 1/2 cup grated apple (no need to peel it first. May also use 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce in a pinch)
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 3/4 cup almond flour, also known as almond meal
- 2 tsp fresh thyme (or 1tsp dried thyme in a pinch)
- 1.5 tsp herbamare (or salt and pepper to your liking)
- heaping 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1TB maple syrup
- 2TB coconut sugar
- 2TB balsamic vinegar (choose a good quality one, it’s worth it!)
Cook the lentils in about 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil first, then set to simmer for about 30 more minutes. The point here is to overcook them so they are a bit sticky and mushy. That may mean adding a bit more water if it seems like they are running out of water. Stir every 5-10 min or so. Once you think they’re cooked and mushy enough, mash them even more with a potato masher. They won’t look pretty right now, but this step is worth it in the end.
Leave the lentils alone for now and sauté the onion, celery, garlic in a bit of coconut oil. (or your oil or choice) Cook until just a little bit soft, 5-10 min.
Mix all the ingredients now in a big bowl and mix well. At this point you can taste it and see if you’d like to add more salt, pepper, thyme etc.
Pour mixture into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and press down firmly
Mix all the ingredients of the glaze in a bowl and brush over the top of the loaf covering it completely.
Bake for 350 degrees for 40 min.
Serve with your sides of choice. I served it with salad and yams.
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