“How to Make a Delicious Lentil Loaf That Everyone Will Love, Including Jenna!”




I Made a Lentil Loaf for Jenna

As a vegan, I often experiment with plant-based recipes. Lentil loaf is one of my favorite vegan dishes that is easy to make and packed with nutrients. I made a lentil loaf for Jenna, one of my friends who recently became a vegan, and it was a hit! Here is my recipe:

Ingredients:

– 2 cups cooked lentils
– 1 chopped onion
– 1 grated carrot
– 1/2 cup oatmeal
– 1/2 cup almond flour
– 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
– 2 garlic cloves, minced
– 2 tbsp soy sauce
– 2 tbsp tomato paste
– 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
– 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
– 1 tsp dried thyme
– 1 tsp dried rosemary
– 1 tsp dried sage
– 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
– Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and grease a loaf pan with cooking spray.
2. In a bowl, mix lentils, onion, carrot, oatmeal, almond flour, walnuts, garlic, soy sauce, tomato paste, nutritional yeast, ground flaxseed, thyme, rosemary, sage, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
3. Mix everything well and add a tablespoon of water at a time if needed to help combine the ingredients.
4. Pour the mixture into the greased loaf pan and press it down firmly.
5. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the top is firm and slightly browned.
6. Let the lentil loaf cool down for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutritional Benefits:

Lentils are an excellent source of plant-based protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and improve gut health and digestion.

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Carrots provide vitamin A, antioxidants, and fiber that boost immune function, skin health, and eye health.

Oatmeal and almond flour add texture and thickness to the loaf, as well as fiber, healthy fats, and protein.

Garlic, thyme, rosemary, sage, and paprika add flavor and antioxidants to the loaf while reducing inflammation and enhancing brain function.

Soy sauce and tomato paste add umami flavor and richness without meat, and provide potassium, iron, and lycopene.

Nutritional yeast is a vegan source of vitamin B12, protein, and fiber that adds cheesiness and depth to the loaf.

Summary:

– Lentil loaf is a vegan dish that is easy to make and nutritious.
– Lentils, carrots, oatmeal, almond flour, walnuts, garlic, soy sauce, tomato paste, nutritional yeast, and spices are the key ingredients of the lentil loaf.
– Lentils, carrots, oatmeal, and almond flour provide protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
– Garlic, thyme, rosemary, sage, and paprika add flavor and antioxidants.
– Soy sauce and tomato paste add umami and nutritional value.
– Nutritional yeast adds cheesiness and vitamin B12.
– Enjoy lentil loaf as a main dish with a side salad or roasted vegetables.



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