Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Lentil Loaf- oil-free


lentil loaf


As we speak, my vegan lentil loaf is in the oven.

I have been wanting to find a good vegan meatloaf recipe for a few years. I could never find one that held together and that we liked. After all, a vegan meatloaf is a far stretch from the real thing. This recipe held together and sliced beautifully. 

lentil loaf
My lentil loaf after I removed it from a square pan


I found a recipe on a wonderful whole food plant-based blog called Nutmeg Notebook- authored by Tami. 

Her recipes are oil-free and mostly gluten-free-says Tami. I was really impressed with her site and am going to explore more of her delicious looking recipes. 


Although I'm cooking oil free, remember that oil-free does not necessarily mean fat-free. Oil-free recipes may still use good fats such as avocado, nuts, and seeds. 

 I wanted to the lentil loaf recipe precisely, but I did not have all the ingredients- so I improvised with what I had on hand and also aligned with our personal taste preferences. 

Chana, Pulses, Daal, Food, Lentils

We liked it. Did I love it?  I'm not sure what I was expecting. I guess I thought it would taste like meatloaf (which I have not tasted in over 42 years because I have been eating a vegetarian diet) 
My lentil loaf was sort of creamy in the middle (but good). I sliced it and crisped it up in my air fryer- we loved that. 

Paper Bag, Bag, Lunch Bag, Brown
It will be a perfect item to pack if I need to bring my lunch anywhere. It holds together great. I will probably take it for a long road trip we are taking in a few weeks. 

I froze packets of slices to use in the future. 

Since I made so many substitutions, I'm not sure how Tami's recipe would have turned out. 

I might have liked it somewhat dryer but I can't fault her recipe since I made multiple substitutions. 

For example: 
I used salsa instead of tomato paste 
I used amino acids instead of balsamic vinegar (I'm allergic) 
I dislike nutritional yeast, so I omitted it. 
I didn't make the date glaze, I just used ketchup. 




10 comments:

  1. I made a lentil loaf years ago. It was actually very good and of course I suffered a lot after eating half of it at one set. I guess that's why I can never be a vegetarian. I actually quite like nutritional yeast. You should get non fortified, which tastes so much better!

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  2. Nut roasts are another vegan/vegetarian type of loaf. Here's a link to a great post about them:
    https://gggiraffe.blogspot.com/2008/03/neb-at-nut-roast-invitation.html

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  3. I do like a good lential and nut loaf. Johanna over at Green Gourmet Giraffe makes some awesome variations. If i remember, i hope to give this recipe a go esp. as i have most if not all the ingredients at home minus the date glaze, it looks really good to me.

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  4. It sounds good. I've always wanted to try to make one, but have yet to get around to it. I'm not a vegetarian but do follow a very Mediterranean lifestyle so I eat very little beef.

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  5. Yes, the trick is to get the lentil loaf to stick together. I use a flaxmeal egg to help my lentil loaf stick together. Thanks for sharing the link. Will pin this post.

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  6. Finding a mixture that holds together is always a challenge. Looks like this version worked great! Crisping cut pieces is a great idea too.

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  7. That's really interesting! I'll bet it's tasty.

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  8. Lentil loaf can be good. I never think of it as a meat loaf substitute, though -- just as an interesting dish in its own right.

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  9. That is so interesting, I had bad reactions to amino acids which I took when I was vegetarian. Why are you cooking oil free?

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