Recipe by Jean #7
I am not a vegetarian but I eat some meatless meals and like to have tasty options for vegetarian friends. The lentil/oats combo is a complete protein and an excellent low fat meat replacement for anyone. For vegan friends, I omit the cheese & egg and use lesser amount of tomato sauce. (Prep time does NOT include cooking the lentils.)
Top Review by Black Radish
This loaf is really versatile. I started by making it as written, which is good. But then instead of just onions, I added the traditional mirepoix mixture (carrots, celery & onions) and that really made the flavors pop! I also use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder, and I've used many different kinds of cheeses and its always good. The other addition that I really enjoy is a big tablespoon of dijon mustard to the mix. sometimes I'll use all catsup in place of the tomato sauce - and that's good too. I've served this with brown gravy or just with catsup. Last night I made it and didn't have any oats, so substituted 1 cup cooked brown rice and it was great!
- 2 cups cooked lentils, slightly mashed (or a 19 oz can, drained)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 cup rolled oats (quick or large flake)
- 3⁄4 cup grated old cheddar cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1⁄2-2⁄3 cup tomato sauce (or spaghetti sauce or BBQ sauce)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon seasoning salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix lentils, onion, oats, and cheese in a large bowl and mix well.
- Add the beaten egg and mix well.
- Add about 1/2 c of sauce, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Add remaining sauce so long as the mixture will not be too sloppy.
- Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and pour/scrape the lentil mixture into it. Even out the top surface with a spatula or fork.
- Bake uncovered 30-40 minutes or until top is golden and crispy.
- Let cool at least 5 minutes.
- Turn out onto serving platter and garnish with parsley, if desired.
- Add chopped celery, different sauces, different cheeses (or no cheese!) or try more traditional poultry spices instead of the Italian ones. Serve with all the 'fixins: mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, squash, and salad.