Hearty Vegan Lentil Loaf

hearty vegan lentil loaf from my bowl

You can find this Vegan Lentil Loaf (that’s gluten-free too) on From My Bowl.

As opposed to last week’s vegan shepherd’s pie recipe that mixed things up a bit by using chickpeas, this recipe is a more “standard” (dare we say traditional, yet?) vegan loaf that uses lentils.

It’s brown and red lentils for this recipe.

Made from whole plant foods, this hearty vegan lentil loaf is as healthy as it is filling.

The loaf does contain some overt fats, but you could reduce them somewhat to keep the fat content lower.

Or just be sure to share! Because this recipe makes for a great dish to take along to potlucks or shared meals.

Ingredients:

  • vegetable broth
  • brown lentils
  • red lentils
  • celery
  • onion (yellow)
  • garlic
  • carrot
  • low salt tamari
  • mushrooms
  • flax meal
  • walnuts
  • herbs & spices: fresh sage, rosemary, and thyme (now all you’re missing is a bit of parsley 😉 #simonandgarfunkel)

Notes:

You can use vegetable stock to saute the vegetables (rather than water) for more flavour. For vegetable stock, homemade is always best, especially when it comes to taste.

But making your own is also a good way to ensure your stock is oil-free and salt-free. To prepare the stock, use your favourite vegetables or just whatever odds and ends you have that need to be used up.

The lentils in this loaf recipe can also be cooked in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, if you have one. That’s certainly a good way to go if you happen to be a bit tight on time.

They’d probably only need about 15 minutes total to cook. Just pop them in with some water or vegetable stock.

Using a pressure cooker is also a good way to ensure your lentils are cooked all the way through, particularly for anyone who has a bit more difficulty digesting pulses. And who likes crunchy lentils in their loaf anyway?

You could also use sprouted lentils, as they sure don’t take long to cook either. You can even sprout your own.

And to keep the fat content in this vegan lentil loaf a bit lower, you can use a touch less walnuts. If you’re going to cut the pieces small (more of a “diced”) you probably won’t need quite as much as is called for either.

That being said, you will need to add the flax meal—so that it’s a loaf, not a bunch of crumbles.

But, do skip the oil, or any other “grease”. Instead, be sure to use parchment paper to line the pan if you need to before popping the mixture into the oven.

Once it’s cooked, serve it up. Then top the loaf with your favourite vegan gravy and tuck in!

Find the full recipe for Vegan Lentil Loaf on From My Bowl.

Related: Vegan Lentil Soup

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