Lentil Loaf

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Another winner!  My husband ate it for dinner and then ate leftovers for lunch 🙂

This loaf is delicious and you can make it without rice or tweak it other ways to fit any food restrictions you may have.

Lentils are a mighty member of the legume family and are low in calories and high in nutrition.  They are high in fiber which helps your heart and also help to lower cholesterol and manage blood sugar.  They are a good source of protein, two B-vitamins, and six minerals.  Lentils also give you energy, restore your iron stores, and are beneficial to your digestive system.  Mmmmm not to mention they are tasty little guys 🙂

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup lentils
3 1/2 cup organic vegetable broth
2 onions diced
3-4 garlic cloves minced
1 red pepper chopped
1 carrot chopped
3 T olive oil
2 cup cooked brown rice
3 T ground flax meal mixed with 1/3 cup water (this serves as a binder instead of using egg. you could also try using some ground oats with a little water, whole wheat flour, or breadcrumbs)
1/4 cup BBQ sauce**
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp sage

Directions

Cook lentils in broth for 30 minutes or until tender.  Drain any excess liquid and then half-mash the lentils.

Cook rice according to package directions.

Saute the onion, garlic, carrot, and pepper in olive oil.  Add rice and lentils and mix together.  Add flax meal mixture and all spices (except BBQ sauce) and form into a loaf.  Place in loaf pan and cover with BBQ sauce.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Let stand a few minutes before cutting.

**Bottled BBQ sauce is full of sugar…yuck!  Try making your own with 1 6oz can of tomato paste, 1/2 cup water, 4 T worcestershire sauce or liquid aminos, 2 T apple cider vinegar, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 T raw honey, 1 tsp black pepper

Enjoy!

-Kristen
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂

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