Legume Loaves are always nutrient-dense, easy to make, and look good, however, they often lack moisture and structure. I’ve been experimenting a bit lately, and decided to take my usual lentil loaf to the next level: Level HECK YES.

This recipe is fool-proof. Watering mouths guaranteed!

Ingredients: lentils

1 cup dry green lentils or 1 19 oz. can of cooked green lentils 

1/2 cup vegetable stock or miso broth

1 medium shallot, chopped (I prefer shallot to onion, however you can use either)

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10 medium cremini mushrooms, washed & roughly chopped (cremini are mini portobello!)

1-2 tsp coconut oil for frying

2 tsp poultry spice (or spices of choice)

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

1 tbsp flour/starch of choice     

3 tbsp ground flax FullSizeRender

1/2 tsp salt (or to-taste, you made need more if you are using an unsalted vegetable stock or miso broth)

1/2 cup cooking wine

1/2 cup cornmeal

cracked black pepper to-taste

 

Method of Madness:

If using dry lentils, cook in roughly 2 cups of water until most of the water is absorbed, and lentil are soft. Approximately 20 minutes

In a fry-pan (I like to use cast-iron as it adds natural iron to my food), melt coconut oil over medium heat, add shallot and mushrooms & sautée until soft

Add garlic, flour/starch, stir until thoroughly mixed, let cook for another couple of minutes, then add the broth & wine. Simmer until mixture thickens to a light gravy consistency. Remove from heat FullSizeRender_2

Pre-heat your oven to 350F

When lentils are done, lightly mash with potato masher. You want this mixture chunky, so don’t over mash

Stir in the nutritional yeast, cornmeal, flax, red pepper flakes and spices

Add mushroom mixture to lentils, and mix well

Spoon mixture into loaf pan. I prefer the silicon bread moulds  – they are naturally non-stick, hold in moisture well, and are easy to clean

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Bake loaf at 350F for 45 minutes

Let loaf cool for a half hour before removing from mould. If you try to remove it while it’s still piping hot, it will fall apart

And that’s it!

SO TASTY!

This recipe yields 8 thick slices / 4 people