Monday, December 11, 2017

{Recipe} Easy Weeknight Lentil Loaf

This is my third lentil loaf recipe on the blog but the other two were more "special occasion" loaves. This one is quick and easy for a weeknight dinner and more "meaty" like the traditional meatloaves I used to make.
 Ingredients:
1 1 /2 cups brown/green lentils, dry
4 cups of water
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 flax egg(1 TBS flax meal/ 2.5 TBS water, mixed)
2 TBS nutritional yeast (optional)
1 cup breadcrumbs (I used panko)
1 tsp onion flakes
1 tsp onion powder
2- 3 TBS catsup
2 TBS Dijon mustard
 1 tsp vegetable broth base (or bouillon cube)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
barbecue sauce (for top) 
 To make:
  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Mix up flax egg(1 TBS ground flax and 2.5 TBS water) and let sit to gel.
  • Cook lentils in water until tender (about 20-30 minutes). Drain any excess water.  Set aside.
  • Sauté onion, carrots, celery and garlic in water until onions are translucent.
  • Add cooked lentils and veggies to food processor. Add seasonings (onion powder, onion flakes, Italian seasoning, vegetable broth base), catsup, mustard, nutritional yeast, flax egg and bread crumbs.  Process until just combined. 
  • Transfer mixture to the parchment lined loaf pan. Smooth out with spatula. 
  • Brush barbecue sauce over the top of the loaf.
  • Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes covered with foil.  
  • Remove foil and brush with more barbecue sauce, cook uncovered for 10 more minutes.


  • Let cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting.  Serve with your favorite gravy or by itself (this night we had roasted cauliflower & broccoli and a quick vegan gravy).
  • It's so good the next day and in a "meat" loaf sandwich.
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7 comments:

laura@notatrophywife.com said...

need a way to get this past my meat & potato boys! Can you believe Christmas is in two weeks! Slow down! laura

Tamar SB said...

I need to try one of these!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Heather, the lentil loaf sounds really good and healthy. i never hear of flax meal, can you buy this in an health food store? We have one in our local supermaket. I will have to look for this or maybe online. I bet this is great with soup or with a salad on the side.
I love all of your interesting and healthy recipes.
Enjoy the week.
Julie

Barefoot by the Sea said...

YUM! This looks delicious! I need an easy weeknight option! This looks perfect for next week. Thank you for sharing!

Carla from The River said...

This family loves meatloaf ... thank you! Pinning!

Clairejustine oxox said...

Yummy, this looks so tasty Heather :)

Ping said...

This is indeed a very delicious and healthy looking alternative. I love lentils and will have to make this since I have a bbq sauce I can use up with. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
Ping

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