Being that the Missus is a fishetarian (which is what she likes to call herself) we experiment with quite a lot of vegetarian recipes often using meat-substitutes or seafood as our proteins. Lucky for her I’m not afraid to try it all and more often than not, I’m pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I suppose it’s not abnormal for vegetarians to crave the idea of ‘meat balls’, ‘burgers’, ‘meat loaves’…so this is a recipe we use to fulfill her craving for the latter. The beauty about this recipe is not only the taste but it’s also full of nutrition. As found on lentilfest.com, lentils are an important source of iron. Eating lentils with foods rich in Vitamin C, such as tomatoes, green peppers, broccoli, and citrus fruits or juices, helps the body absorb iron more efficiently. They are also protein rich. They lack only one essential amino acid, methionine. Adding grains, eggs, nuts, seeds, meat, dairy products, or egg will provide a complete amino acid profile.
2 cups cooked lentils
1 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup red peppers – small dice
1/2 cup red onion – small dice
1/2 cup fresh tomato – small dice
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
4 tbsp. tomato paste
3 tbsp. fresh parsley – chopped
2 tsp. fresh basil
1 tsp. fresh oregano
1/4 tsp. hot sauce
2 tsp. water
(layer of ketchup for the top)
This recipe couldn’t be easier!
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
Combine the above ingredients in succession (except for ketchup) into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
Line a 10′ loaf pan with parchment paper and fill with mixed ingredients. Smooth a layer of ketchup over the top and then pop into the oven. Bake for 45 minutes.
Once cooked, flip the loaf onto a cutting board and let stand for 5 mins.
TIP: Set the cutting board on top of the loaf then flip everything over.
I served this with steamed brocollini and Spicy Citrus Squash.
Depending on how many people you’re serving, this makes brilliant leftovers as well.
If you try this out let me know how you got on. And remember don’t hesitate to give me a shout if you have any suggestions or food related questions.
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