Lentil Loaf Made Simple

Posted on April 14, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , |

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Today’s offering is comfort food at its finest – just great for a winter, here, that just won’t quit!  I’m continuing on my no-red-meat mission just for now, so it’s meatloaf with no meat – using lentils instead!

For 2 huge loaves (freeze one to pull out on a work night or just halve the recipe to make one)

Ingredients (use as much organic as you can)

2 bags dry lentils (1-lb. each)

2 cans tomato paste (6 oz. each)

3-4 onions

3-4 C. fresh or frozen chopped spinach or kale (I just poured some in from the bag in the freezer, measuring isn’t really necessary)

sharp cheddar cheese or any kind you like (about 1/2 lb.)

4 eggs

1 C. rolled oats

1/4 t. cayenne or Berere Seasoning from Penzeys Spices

1 t. thyme

2 t. garlic powder

2 t. oregano

2 t. sea salt

2 t. ground black pepper

Cook up the lentils as the package instructs.

Food - Lentil Loaf 1     While the lentils are cooking, chop up the onions in the food processor (don’t wash yet) or by hand and dump into a big bowl.  Then when lentils are very soft (about 30 minutes of cooking) drain excess water and dump into bowl with onions.

Food - Lentil Loaf 2     Mash with a potato masher.  Use same food processor to shred the cheese (don’t buy the pre-shredded cheese – check out that ingredients list – they add all kinds of stuff to keep it from sticking together and to inhibit mold) or grate cheese by hand.

Food - Lentil Loaf 3     Dump the cheese in with the lentils and onions.  Then add everything else and mash together.  Divide mixture into 2 or 3 (depending on the size pan) bread pans or cake pans and sprinkle with a little something on top if you like.  I sprinkled on a little Beef Roast Seasoning (Penzeys again).  Or you can even put some more shredded or sliced cheese on top.  This recipe is very forgiving.

Bake at 350° for an hour.  Add something else into the oven to use all that heat.  I threw in a head of cauliflower tossed with olive oil and some salt/pepper/coriander/rosemary.  Great meal!

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