Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lentil Loaf

Today we are celebrating my brother's 29th birthday with some pie and ice cream!  Wish I could say I made the pie but sadly there was no time for that today.  We did however enjoy a lentil loaf with mashed potatoes, gravy, and steamed vegetables.  Last spring while very pregnant and nesting I made at least 5 lentil loaves to freeze for my babymoon, so I had a lot of time to perfect my non-recipe.  I think this is the final version.

Lentil Loaf

1 can tomato paste
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp Italian seasoning

1 chopped onion
2 tsp minced garlic
1 chopped green pepper
1 chopped red pepper
3 stalks chopped celery
3 cups cooked lentils
1 cup cooked brown rice
3 tbsp cornmeal
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
2 tbsp topping mixture from above
2 tbsp ground flax
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tsp cumin
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp basil
2 tsp ground mustard
salt and pepper

*Mix together the topping ingredients first in a small bowl
*Saute onion and garlic in oil for 5 minutes
*Add peppers, and celery and saute a few more minutes
*Mash lentils or pulse a few times in a food processor
*In large bowl combine onion mixture, lentils, rice, and remaining ingredients until just mixed.
 *Pour mixture into greased loaf pan and cover the top with tomato paste topping
*Bake at 375 (covered) for 45 minutes.  Remove cover and bake for 15 more minutes.
*Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes so it firms up

And now I'm off to enjoy some more delicious food with some good friends at Elephant and Castle <3

1 comment:

  1. mmmmm!! im getting matt to cook this for me this week! :)