I’ll be the first to say I hate fake meat products. I have never tried one and I don’t plan on it. If I want meat, I eat it. I don’t need a tofurkey product to satisfy my meat craving, I eat meat to do that. I know many of you don’t feel the same, and that’s ok!
Most (not all) faux meat products are filled with weird ingredients that I can’t pronounce. So when I saw this lentil loaf on Angela’s site I was intrigued. There’s nothing “fake” about it, since it’s made with lentils , but it certainly looked a whole lot like meat.
I decided to try it and it was a labor of love. This is not for the faint of heart. While it was pretty easy skill wise, it took a lot of steps and time, but it was WORTH it. This probably took me a little over 2 hours start to finish. Don’t let that shy you away though! I really ,really know you’ll love it. I was obsessed and Danny loved it even more. There is down time too while you are cooking the lentils and letting the finished product bake in the oven.
I used Angela’s exact recipe except I left out the raisins and I didn’t glaze it. Neither Danny or myself really like ketchup with our meatloaf, so I thought it would be best without it. We actually had some balsamic with it, but it could even be eaten with a good rice (cooked in veggie broth). I also added about 1 1/2 tsp of dried basil and 1/2 tsp more of thyme than Angela did.
For this Lentil Walnut Loaf you will need:
1 cup dry lentils
3 cups vegetable stock
3 TBS ground flax seed
1/2 cup warm water
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
1 medium carrot, chopped finely
1/3 of an apple, peeled, grated (makes 1/3 cup grated apple)
3/4 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 cup regular oats, ground into a flour (I processed the oats in food processor)
I have made a couple different “loaves” before and they all were too crumbly. I’m glad I let Angela try it 4 times to get it right because I don’t have the patience for that. Try it, it will be a major crowd pleaser, herbivores, omnivores and carnivores alike. Or just come over for dinner, I’ll make you some .