Lentil loaf

Lentil loaf

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Tara Weaver Course: MainCuisine: InternationalDifficulty: Medium
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 

55

minutes
Total time

2

hours 

25

minutes

This delicious lentil loaf in a wholesome vegan version is perfect for the holidays or just when you fancy a delicious main dish.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup 1 1/2 water

  • 5.5 oz 5.5 green lentil

  • 5.5 oz 5.5 rice

  • 2 tsp 2 vegetable broth

  • 1 tbsp 1 onion powder

  • 1 whole 1 onion

  • 5 whole 5 champignon mushrooms

  • 1 stalk 1 chopped celery

  • 5 cloves 5 chopped garlic

  • 3.5 oz 3.5 oat flakes

  • 6 oz 6 tomato puree

  • 1.8 oz 1.8 chopped walnuts

  • 1 tbsp 1 chopped sage

  • 1 tsp 1 thyme

  • 1 tsp 1 rosemary

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 salt (to taste)

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan over a high heat, cook the water, lentils, rice, soup seasoning and onion granules. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook, covered, for 45 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to stand, covered, for a further 10 min. While waiting, prepare the remaining ingredients.
  • Preheat the oven to 340°F. Line a 9×4.5×3 in baking tray with baking paper.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of water to a medium-sized saucepan and heat over a high heat until the water starts to spray. Then add the chopped onion, mushrooms and celery and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Add water as necessary to prevent the ingredients from sticking to the pan. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft. Add the remaining spices and remove from the heat.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flakes, tomato puree, walnuts and spices (rosemary, thyme, sage). When the vegetables and lentils and rice have cooled, add to the bowl with the remaining ingredients. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  • Mix half of the resulting mixture in a food processor with 3 short pulses, then scrape the mixture from the sides and mix again with 3 short pulses. Transfer the resulting mixture to the baking tray. Do the same with the remaining half. Press the mixture firmly and fill the corners of the baking tray.
  • Cover the loaf with aluminium foil and bake for 40 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake for a further 15-20 minutes to brown the crust.
  • Allow the lentil loaf to cool for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

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FAQ about vegan lentil loaf

Are lentils vegan?

Yes, lentils are vegan and a great protein source for vegetarians and vegans. They are low in fat and calories, which makes them great choice if you are looking to lose weight and are gluten-free. Lentils contain several vitamins and minerals like iron, vitamin B1, zinc, and folate. And lastly, they are super delicious, versatile, and easy to make.

Is vegan lentil loaf gluten-free?

Yes, our lentil loaf is gluten-free since lentils are gluten-free and we don’t add any ingredients with gluten to our recipe. This makes vegan lentil loaf one of the best alternatives for people with celiac disease.

Which lentil is high in protein?

Although all types of lentils are considered a good source of protein, puy or green lentil is often considered the most nutritious lentil for humankind, with the highest protein content. It is low in fat and calories, which makes it very effective in weight loss. Besides, it is rich in vitamin B3, which helps strengthen our bones, boost energy levels, strengthen the nervous system and improve heart health.

Which lentil is best?

All types of lentils are considered healthy and a good source of protein. But green lentils are often referred to as the best lentil type across the world. This is because of the high content of protein present in them, with 32 grams of protein per cup of puy lentils. They have several health benefits and are considered to be the best lentil.

Is lentil pasta better than regular pasta?

Lentil pasta is better than regular pasta. It is completely vegan and gluten-free, making it suitable for people with celiac disease. Lentil pasta also has roughly double the protein found in the regular pasta. Another advantage of lentil pasta over a regular one is that it is high in fiber, making it beneficial for constipation relief. And last but not least, it takes longer to digest lentil pasta than the regular one, which leads to slow absorption of carbs and maintains balanced blood sugar levels.

What are the health benefits of lentil pasta?

There are some great health benefits of lentil pasta. For people with celiac disease or who cannot eat gluten, lentil pasta makes a great alternative to regular pasta. They have nearly double the protein than regular pasta. It has great fiber content, making it extremely beneficial in improving bowel movement and relieving constipation. And due to lentils’ high fiber content, carbohydrates take a longer time to get absorbed by the body, thus maintaining a balanced blood sugar level.

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Tara Weaver
Tara Weaver

I’m Tara, and I’m not just a wife and mom who loves her family and pets. I’m an aspiring chef who’s passionate about food, crystals and sharing my experiences with everyone!