June 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
The photo above is from the website I got the recipe from. I ate mine with potatoes and broccoli, yummy! This was the first time I tried lentils and after trying this recipe, I feel like I missed out on a life full of lentils haha! Just because it isn’t meat, doesn’t mean it has to be tasteless!
**edited june 15, 2012.
click on the header above for the original recipe or go to http://www.food.com/recipe/really-good-vegetarian-meatloaf-really-33921. I had to tweak it a bit because I didn’t have some of the ingredients and used whatever I had on hand. Listed below is the way the way I made it and the ingredients I used.
- 2 1/2 C water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 C lentils
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 1/4 C oats, ground
- 3/4 cup grated swiss cheese
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 red pepper, diced
- 1 egg, beaten
- 5 oz ketchup
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
topping: Mix together 1/4 C ketchup. 1/4 C brown sugar.
- Place water and salt into a small pot with lid. Bring water to a boil, add lentils, then turn heat down to bring water to a simmer. Cook lentils for 30-40 minutes or until lentils are soft. Make sure you don’t run out of water to prevent the lentils and pot from burning. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Place oats in a food processor or blender and ground until you have what looks like flour. (I already had this on hand so that’s why I used it.)
- Combine ground oats, cheese, onion, red pepper, garlic, garlic powder, dried basil, dried parsley, salt, and pepper. Set aside. **if you’d like a “softer” meatloaf, I suggest par-cooking the onion and red pepper before combing with the other ingredients.
- Mash lentils well. Drain out water from lentils if any. Stir in ketchup. Stir in egg. **Mix just unti incorporated. Remember that over mixing may lead to a dry meatloaf.
- Combine the two mixtures. **Don’t be afraid to use your hands to mix, do as you would a real meatloaf.
- Grease a loaf pan. Spoon mixture into prepared loaf pan, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, spread topping on top of meat loaf and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes.
- Voila! Meatless meatloaf! YUM!