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Lentil Walnut Loaf

Posted Jan 05 2011 7:00am

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.

ingredients

For this Lentil Walnut Loaf you will need:

Ingredients:

  • 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)
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs

For the method check out Angela’s blog!

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 .

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