Now that fall is officially upon us, it is time to break out some serious comfort food recipes. You really can’t get more comforting than a lentil loaf. If you haven’t had one, this is a must try. If you used to eat meat or still do it has a lot of the flavorings and steps of a meatloaf without the meat. This one is on my list of recipes to bring to the Thanksgiving table this year.
Vegan Lentil Loaf
Inspired by About.com – Vegetarian Lentil Loaf
- 1 cup cooked lentils
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp sage
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- flax eggs (3 Tbsp ground flax + 1/4 cup warm water)
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 cup breadcrumbs (I use panko crumbs – the best)
- Approximately 2 Tbsp barbecue sauce or ketchup
Preheat oven to 350°
To cook the lentils: combine lentils and vegetable broth in a large saucepan and simmer for 30-40 minutes until lentils are soft.
Chop onion, garlic, and carrots. Heat olive oil in skillet and add onions and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes then add carrots and seasonings. Simmer for a few more minutes until seasoning is well combined.
Combine 3 Tbsp and 1/4 cup warm water and set aside for 10 minutes to make flax egg.
Blend 3/4 of the cooked lentils in the blender then combine mashed lentils, remaining whole lentils, onions, garlic, carrots, flax egg, walnuts, and breadcrumbs together.
Mash together with a spoon then dig in with your hands. Mix together into a ball and place in glass dish. Shape into a loaf.
Glaze barbecue or ketchup over the top of the loaf. Cook in oven for 45 minutes. Take out and put on cooling rack for 5-10 minutes before serving. This step is key in making sure the loaf holds together. (I learned this part the hard way when my first one fell apart)
I really enjoy the taste and texture of lentil loaf. It can be paired perfectly with mashed potatoes or mixed greens. My personal favorite is smashed cauliflower. NOM!
Alternately, I have looked at a few recipes that use oat flour or rice as well the loaf. Feel free to give this a shot if you would like. I thought it would be a bit too much for my taste.
This marks the last week of Vegan MoFo and our time together has been oh so fun! I hope you still around and subscribe to my blog! To kick off November and National Vegan Day on November 1st I will be doing a Virtual Vegan Potluck! I am beyond words excited so please check back and join myself and 100 other bloggers in all of the fun!