Don’t tune out here…. I know with meatloaf either you like it, or you don’t. And the sound of a vegetarian “meat”loaf doesn’t exactly sound oh-so-mouthwatering…. however, every vegetarian version of a meat lovers favorite has its place! Try to be well-rounded and possibly even try something NEW! Don’t tell me you aren’t constantly on the lookout for a new and tasty recipe! Also at the bottom of this post is the nutritional breakdown for just 1 cup of lentils. SUPER HEALTHY for you. Here’s the recipe I based mine on and my recipe (changed a few things) follows shortly:
I have been looking for ways to incorporate lentils into our diets and bought a few cups of different varieties from the bulk section a few months ago and then last week I cooked them up for a chicken/lentil curry dish and learned that lentils almost triple their size after cooking! So…. I had MORE than enough for my curry dish so I put half in the fridge and used half for that night. As I dug for a way to use that other half of cooked lentils, I came across this recipe and since it had over 300 positive reviews, I figured it was worth a try. AND IT WAS A SUCCESS!! My family ate it just like they did regular meatloaf- not kidding. I didn’t tell anyone what was in it, served it up with southern hash browns, green beans, and fresh cantaloupe.
And here is what I did:
2 cups cooked lentils- any kind, I had a mixture of red and green and brown
2 Tbsp dehydrated chopped onion (my fam doesn’t like big onion pieces)
1 tsp salt
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce
1 tsp garlic powder (not garlic salt)
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp your favorite BBQ sauce
1/2 c ketchup
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsp vinegar
For the meatloaf mixture, just mix it all together really well with a spoon and then spoon it into a well-greased/sprayed loaf pan. Smooth out the top with the back of the spoon. Mix up the saucy topping and pour on top of the uncooked meatloaf. Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes.
There you have it. I had the left-overs for lunch today and I think it tasted even better the next day!
So why lentils???
Here are a few reasons to incorporate lentils into YOUR family’s diet:
#1: THEY ARE FREAKING CHEAP. I think I bought mine at Winco for $0.80/lb. I bought about 3 cups and had enough for TWO hearty meals.
#2: Nutritionally, THEY ROCK! Here’s the breakdown from
Read about the nutritional info on a serving of ground beef….
Lentils, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt