Lentil loaf was one of those “Have to try making it some time” items on my cooking to do list and am I ever glad I finally got around to making one because they are tasty (and surprisingly filling)!
Packed with iron, protein, fibre and numerous other vitamins and minerals, this loaf has it all! Healthy and delicious– what is not to love?!
Vegetable Lentil Loaf
Adapted from About.com
- 1 1/2 cups green lentils, cooked (I used 3/4 cup dry lentils to achieve 1 1/2 cups cooked)
- 2 cups red quinoa, cooked (I used 3/4 cup dry quinoa to achive 2 cups cooked)
- 1/3 cup red pepper, chopped
- 1/3 cup green pepper, chopped
- 1/3 cup onion, chopped
- 1/3 cup carrots, chopped
- 1/3 cup celery, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp rosemary
- 1/2 tsp sage
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 3 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil (melted)
- 1/3 cup organic ketchup
- 1 tbsp agave (for top)
- 3-4 tbsp organic ketchup (for top)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Rinse the lentils in a strainer and add them to a medium sized pot. Cook on high heat until the water boils. Then, reduce heat, cover and bring to low heat or simmer and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes or until tender. When the lentils are ready, drain them and set them aside.
Rinse the quinoa in a strainer and add them to a different medium sized pot and cook on high heat until the water boils. Reduce heat, cover and bring to low heat or simmer and cook for 15-25 minutes or until fluffy. When the quinoa is ready, drain them and set them aside.
Next, add the red pepper, green pepper, carrots, onion, celery and garlic to a large skillet pan and cook on medium heat with a little olive oil or coconut oil until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a food processor, add the lentils and blend until the lentils become a crumbly texture. It is o.k. if not all the lentils are blended, but try to ensure that at least 50-75% of the lentils are mashed and crumbly. Once crumbly, add the lentils into a large bowl.
In the bowl with the mashed lentils, add the vegetables from the skillet and mix until combine.
Then add the quinoa, sea salt, rosemary, sage, thyme, olive oil or coconut oil and ketchup and mix until fully combined. If the mixture feels too dry, add a little more ketchup.
Press the mixture into a lightly greased loaf pan. Spread the agave and extra ketchup on the top of the loaf until well covered.
Place in the oven and cook for 50-60 minutes.
When fully cooked, remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
Slice and enjoy!
Have a great weekend!