Thursday, February 9, 2012

Apple Walnut Lentil Loaf

I was really surprised how good this dinner was. I wasn't sure how it was gonna turn out because I had never made a lentil loaf before and thought it was going to taste bland and not hold its shape well. but to my delight it came out way better than I thought, it held its shape when sliced and served and tasted delicious, my meat eating boyfriend said it tasted like Thanksgiving stuffing. This sweet yet savory loaf features plump raisons, crunchy walnuts and a granny smith apple for a unique twist on the traditional meat loaf.
This recipe comes together really easily especially if you already have cooked lentils on hand otherwise the lentils will take an extra 30ish minutes to cook.

Apple Walnut Lentil Loaf


For the Loaf
1C cooked lentils
1 onion chopped
3-4 colves of garlic, chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 celery, chopped
1 apple, grated
1/4C of raisins
1/4-1/2C walnuts, chopped
1-2t thyme
1/2t cinnamon
salt and pepper
1 egg
1/2C uncooked oatmeal, processed into oat flour
2 slices wheat bread, lightly toasted and processed into crumbs

For the Glaze
1.5T ketchup
1T maple syrup
1/2 of the grated apple

1. Heat some oil in a skillet over medium high heat and cook the onion and garlic until soft. Add the carrot, celery, 1/2 of the apple, raisons, walnuts and salt and pepper and cook about 5 more minutes then remove from heat.
2. Process about 3/4 of the lentils in the food processor and then combine everything in a bowl and mix together with your hands.
3. Put into a prepared loaf pan and spread the glaze over the top. Cook at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

For the glaze just mix everything together in a small bowl and spread it on top before cooking

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