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Apple Nut Lentil Loaf

Posted Jan 13 2011 3:41pm

I heard about this recipe from One Healthy Munchkin . When I read her post I knew I had to make it. This dish is a healthy and delicious combination of sweet and savory.

Apple Nut Lentil Loaf adapted from Nature Nourishes

Ingredients:
1 cup dried lentils
3 cups vegetable stock
3 tbsps ground flax seed
1/2 cup water
3 tbsps olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 carrots, chopped
2 stalks of celery, minced
1 apple, chopped
3/4 cup mixed, ground up by food processor
1 tsp dried thyme
6-7 dashes balsamic vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup breadcrumbs

Glaze:
2 tbsps ketchup
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp honey

Preparing Lentils:

  1. Rinse lentils, place in a pot, and add stock.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed and lentils are tender.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside.

Preparing Loaf:

  1. In a small bowl, combine ground flax sees with water and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. In a large skillet over med heat, saute onion, carrot, and celery in olive oil for 2 mins.
  4. Add grated apple, raisins, and walnuts and saute another minute.
  5. Add thyme, vinegar and pepper to taste.
  6. Remove from heat and fold in cooked lentils, breadcrumbs and soaked flax seed until evenly distributed.
  7. Take 1/3 of the mixture and place it in the food processor until it becomes a creamy mixture. Then recombine the creamy mixture in with the other 2/3 (this will help hold the loaf together).
  8. Press mixture firmly into oiled loaf pan and set aside.
  9. Combine ingredients to the glaze and spread evenly over loaf.
  10. Bake, uncovered 40 minutes.

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