I’ve been trying to expand my cooking repertoire recently. Specifically, I’ve been trying to make things that require less gluten, less sugar and in general, more unprocessed ingredients. I want our family to eat a bit cleaner.
A recent recipe that I tried was a Lentil Loaf. Though I’ve never actually made a meatloaf, my guess is that Lentil Loaf is the Vegetarian’s answer to meat loaf.
I love the way this recipe is laid out on the page. It uses approximate measurements and clearly communicates that this is a forgiving recipe. I don’t know about you, but that works for me!
I’ve tried this twice now…
The first time, I followed the recipe pretty closely. I used frozen mixed veggies and garlic powder. It was pretty good. It held its shape when I sliced it and it was the satiating, healthy meal I had hoped it would be. This was the final product.
The second time I decided to get more creative. ( I was also much more diligent about taking photos!) Instead of frozen veggies, I sauteed the onions with red pepper and mushroom and garlic.
I used gluten-free crackers and chips, which I crushed using a mortar and pestle.
I also used an organic vegetable spread instead of some of the ketchup.
Sadly, the second time I made this, the loaf didn’t hold together as well as the first time. It tasted great and was very filling, but I think it needed some more oven time and a bit more time to rest before we dug into it.
I’m definitely going to make this again. Though we probably cut it before it had a chance to settle into a solid loaf shape, it tasted great. The best part was when my husband told me he liked it and even better, asked me when I would make more!
Do you have suggestions for the veggies I should include in it next time, or other variations for that matter?