We use lentils in a number of recipes throughout the week. Red Lentil Dahl is a regular at our table, and we use lentils in one of our favorite soups, barley lentil soup. This Lentil Loaf recipe is very filling as it’s high in fiber and makes a nice meatless meal, even surprising the avid meat eater guest you may have over. We make a triple batch of this, eating one and freezing the other two, then use them as fillers in wraps along with hummus and a good portion of salad mix. I hope you enjoy.
1 onion, diced
2 Tbsp water
2 cups cooked lentils, drained
1/2 cup walnuts, ground
1 cup rolled oats (ground, if desired)
1 cup barley, cooked
1/2 cup pureed tomatoes
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (optional)
1/2 tsp each garlic powder, thyme, rosemary, basil and sage
2 Tbsp Braggs or soy sauce
Braise onion in water for about 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Combine all ingredients, including cooked onions in a large bowl. Turn into an oiled loaf pan.
Cover with tin foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes. Serve hot with mushroom gravy.
Lentil Loaf Mushroom Gravy
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/4 cup onions, diced
1 tsp olive or canola oil
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup cornstarch (dissolved in 1/2 cup water)
2 Tbsp miso
3 Tbsp Braggs or soy sauce
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp each sage and thyme
Pepper to taste
Sauté mushrooms and onions in oil for about 5 minutes. Combine cornstarch with ½ cup of water. Add all ingredients to mushroom, onion mixture. Stir constantly until gravy thickens. Serve hot over lentil loaf.
Also pictured in the photo as a side to the lentil loaf are sweet potato’s with lime and cilantro which will be posted on another day.
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Lentil Loaf Photo Credit: Her View Photography