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Lentil Quinoa Loaf

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Category: Eggs, Holiday, Fruit, Sauces, Carrots

 Ingredients List

  • 1/2 cup brown lentils
  • 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa (or use millet or other similar cooking grain)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 1/4 cups of water
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup celery finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, thinly sliced or grated
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp flaxmeal or chia seed meal
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce (or use a 1/2 tsp of tamarind paste, a tsp of molasses, vinegar and a 1/2 tsp ground mustard to make soy-free)
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp tamari or use coconut aminos to make soyfree
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 to 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp coarsely ground fennel seeds
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup breadcrumbs or use coarsely ground oats or gf breadcrumbs to make gf
  • Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp or more hot sauce to taste
  • 2 tsp maple
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce


Combine lentils, bay leaf and water in a pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes. Wash the quinoa, add to the pan, partially cover and continue to cook until both are very tender and easily mashed (You want to slightly over cook the lentils). Stir after 10 minutes so they don”™t stick to the pan. Total 10 to 15 mins . *Drain any excess water, and transfer to a bowl.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and jalapeno and cook for 5 minutes. or until translucent
Add celery, carrots, thyme, oregano, and mix well. Cook for 5 minutes or until the veggies are tender. Add in the raisins, and mix . Cook for 2 minutes. Take off heat.
Add the cooked veggies and flaxmeal to the bowl and mix in. Mash the mixture using potato masher or hands, so that atleast half the lentils and quinoa get well mashed. (you still want some whole lentils)

Add in the sauces and mix well. Taste and adjust salt and flavor. Add more sauces, herbs and salt if needed.
Add breadcrumbs or coarsely ground oats and mix in. (To check if the mixture is the right consistency, make a burger patty. If the mixture is too sticky or pasty, add more breadcrumbs. If it is too crumbly and doesn”™t stick easily, add some wet ingredients or a flax egg)

Prepare the loaf pan with parchment lined with parchment edges over the pan. Medium bread loaf pan(8.5 by 4.75 inch)
Press the mixture into the pan. Pack well and even it out.
Make the glaze and spread over the top of the loaf.
Cover the loaf with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Bake uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes. Then let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Note: To make the loaf less crumbly, cook the lentils really well. then mash them really well. Larger veggies or lentils in the mixture will make the loaf crumbly. Use finely chopped veggies. Add only enough breadcrumbs to make the mixture like a soft somewhat wet dough and not dry.

To Make Ahead: Cook the lentils and quinoa and add all the seasoning. Mix in and refrigerate. On the day you want to bake. Add in the breadcrumbs, taste and adjust salt and seasoning, pack into a loaf, glaze and bake as in the Instructions.

If for some reason the mixture is not the right consistency or you don”™t have a loaf pan, shape the mixture into large patties by hand or by packing into a 3.5 inch cookie cutter. Brush the glaze on the patties. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 to 30 minute

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