Mini Lentil Loaf

This recipe is one of the very first recipes I wrote for this blog.  I decided to take a few new pictures and highlight this recipe again.  It’s one of my family’s favorites!  Lentils are very good for you and they are cheap!  Double bonus!  This recipe has the feel and look of a classic meatloaf but is loaded with heart healthy lentils and veggies.  I prepare these in a muffin tin for several reasons: Miss Ava is fascinated with anything in a muffin tin (even lentils!), it cooks faster and it makes portion control much easier.

 Mini Lentil Loaf

Mini Lentil Loaf

  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Carrot, diced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Celery Stalk, diced
  • 2 cups Water
  • Dash of Salt
  • 1 cup Lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup Oats
  • 3/4 cup Cheese, grated (cheddar or colby work great)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Pasta Sauce or Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper

Optional Topping

  • 2 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

Heat oil in a medium saute pan over medium high heat.  Saute the carrot, onion and celery until tender and onion is translucent.  Meanwhile bring the water with a dash of salt to a boil in a small saucepan.  Add lentils and simmer, covered for about 25 to 30 minutes.  Drain the lentils and transfer half to a large bowl and place the rest of the lentils in a food processor along with the sauteed veggies.  Process just a few times until everything is finely chopped.  Add to the bowl and allow to cool slightly.  Mix in the oats and cheese.  Then stir in the eggs, tomato sauce and seasonings.  Spray a muffin tray with cooking spray and fill to the top.  You can also make these in a traditional loaf pan or mini loaf pans.  Combine the ketchup, mustard and brown sugar and spread a thin layer over each mini lentil loaf.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Cool for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from pan and serving.  If preparing in a traditional loaf pan, increase the cooking time to approximately 45 minutes.

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The optional topping makes this little loaf of goodness a little less healthy in the sense that it’s adding some sugar.  BUT, ya know….sometimes you just need that!

Whitney

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