Valentine’s Day is over and done, you either spent it with the one you love or with your hoard of cats, regardless I hope you had something yummy to eat.
Searching the internet for interesting food I came across the concept of a meatless meat loaf…. mind blown! Realistically it’s a lot of vegetables stuffed together into a meatloaf shape and you may need a few moments to get your head around!
INGREDIENTS (LOVE LOAF)
2 cups cooked lentils (green or brown)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
2 tbsp of tomato paste or ketchup
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce (how do you pronounce that?)
1 1/2 tbsp thyme
1 cup old fashion oats
1/2 cup almond flour/meal
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp honey
Cook down the vegetables, starting with the onions, then carrots and celery and finally mushrooms. They just need to be soft…. not mush!
Put vegetables into a food processor with 1 cup of the cooked lentils, 1/2 the oats and the worcestershire sauce, thyme, tomato sauce, and some salt and pepper. Combine but again do not make it into MUSH! You are looking for there still be texture, you’re not trying to make soup!
Pour into a large bowl and add the rest of the lentils, oats and flour. Mix it up.
You can either free form it into a loaf shape on some baking paper or we put it into 3 smaller loaf tins (disposable because less dishes is a good thing).
Cover in about 1/2 the glaze and bake at 375F for 30 minutes. Then add the rest of the glaze and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Realistically most of the ingredients are already cooked so a little more or less isn’t going to KILL anyone! Plenty of time for another glass of wine.
Let it cool for 5-10 minutes and then cut and serve.
We had it with cauliflower rice, brussels sprouts and carrots and some onion gravy we also made. AND maybe a bottle of wine!
It was good enough for our 4 year old to eat and don’t get us wrong we aren’t going totally vegetarian….. tonight we are having Hamburger Helper!