Meatless Meatloaf!

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.

Vegetarian “Meat”Loaf Recipe

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Combine the two mixtures.  **Don’t be afraid to use your hands to mix, do as you would a real meatloaf.
  6. Grease a loaf pan.  Spoon mixture into prepared loaf pan, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
  7. After 30 minutes, spread topping on top of meat loaf and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes.
  8. Voila! Meatless meatloaf! YUM!

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