Rich, Comforting “Meatloaf” Recipe (With A Secret Good-For-You Twist)…

Karyl Trejo By Karyl Trejo | 20 March 2020 285 views
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This Good-For-You Vegan “Meatloaf” Has A Healthy Secret Ingredient

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Meatloaf and mashed potatoes. It’s the quintessential weeknight dinner, and for good reason, too.

It’s endured for decades as a traditional dinner dish… and it’s beloved by many.

Without a doubt, it’s the ultimate crowd pleaser. It’s so filling and hearty that literally nobody can say no to it.

That is, except all of the vegans and vegetarians in your social group. (Womp-womp.)

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However, if you’re wanting to include your veggie friends at your dinner table—but you’re not wanting to sacrifice taste—then this vegan lentil not-meat loaf recipe is going to be your new go-to dinner recipe.

It’s so good, even the omnivores will go back for seconds! Plus, I bet most people won’t even realize that it isn’t made of meat…

And if/when they do, they’ll be amazed that your vegan “meatloaf” can compete with the best “traditional” meatloafs out there when it comes to flavor… plus that certain “comfort food” factor that meatloaf is loved for.

So if you’re ready to up your vegetarian/vegan cooking game… amaze all of your meat-eating friends… and enjoy a great-for-you meal that doesn’t sacrifice on flavor…

Let’s get started:

FTH’s Vegan Lentil Not-Meat Loaf

(Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free Optional)

Serves 4

Ingredients:

For Not-Meat Loaf:

  • 1 cup dry red lentils
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 6 Tbsp water (flax “egg”)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large stalk of celery, diced
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • ½ small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup rolled oats (may use gluten free oats)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp basil

For Glaze:

  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
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Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare lentils by boiling two cups of vegetable broth. Add lentils and cook until soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.

2) Make flax “egg” by combining 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal with 6 tablespoons of water. Set aside and let thicken.

3) In a saucepan, add olive oil. When hot, add celery, carrot, garlic, onion, and mushrooms. Cook until softened.

4) Pulse lentils until chunky, but do not over-puree them. Add flax “egg,” sautéed vegetable mixture, soy sauce, and rolled oats. Mix until combined.

5) Press into loaf pan. In a separate bowl, combine ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar and stir until blended. Top loaf with ketchup glaze.

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6) Cook at 350°F for 45 minutes to an hour, until firm. Remove, let cool slightly, and serve.

Why You Should Be Eating More Lentils (Incredible Health Benefits!)

I’ll admit that before making this recipe, I had never seen legumes as such a versatile ingredient.

Sure, I’ve had soups with lentils in them… but that was about it for my lentil experience.

And let me tell you—I’ve been missing out! 

It turns out that lentils are not only super versatile and delicious… but they are also totally PACKED with nutritious health benefits.

They’re made up of over 25% protein… which makes them a great meat substitute, as we saw in this amazing lentil “meatloaf” recipe.

Lentils also contain a ton of other super vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, including:

  • Fiber
  • Thiamine
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Manganese
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Their high fiber content makes lentils a great choice for improving your gut & digestive health. Eating fiber-rich foods can also help you stay feeling full for longer… which can help if you are looking to lose weight.

In addition, lentils contain beneficial plant compounds called phytochemicals. These can help you protect against several types of chronic diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Eating lentils may also help to lower your blood pressureimprove blood sugar levels… and lower your overall food intake.

So the next time you want to dismiss this legume… don’t! Consider all of the nutrients and benefits you would be missing out on…

Plus, you can try using lentils in so many more recipes. Bon appetit!

Rich, Comforting “Meatloaf” Recipe (With A Secret Good-For-You Twist)...

How This Lentil Not-Meat Loaf Could Help You Lose Weight (Plus Another Simple Way To Boost Your Fat Burn)

If you’re like me… you probably don’t think about lentils very much.

So while I knew they were a healthy legume… I really didn’t know much about them.

Well, I did a little research… and found out that just one cup of lentils contains a whopping 18 GRAMS of protein!

Protein is essential to your body for building and repairing muscle & tissue…

And especially if you’re vegan or plant-based, it’s super important to know good sources of plant-based proteins. With the protein content in lentils, you are SET on protein intake!

Plus, did you know that eating the right amount of protein can also help your body burn more fat?

It’s true—science has proven it! In fact, one study found that people who increased their daily protein intake by only 15-30% burned an average of 441 more calories every day! [1]

(And I’m willing to bet that one serving of this lentil not-meat loaf more than satisfies that 15-30% increase in protein!)

I don’t know about you, but eating MORE to burn MORE fat sounds like the plan for me.

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