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Monday, June 15, 2015

{Hearty Lentil Loaf}

Happy Monday, Y'all!   I have the perfect Meatless Monday meal for you!  It would also be a delicious dinner for you to serve up on Father's Day (hard to believe Father's Day is this weekend)! 
I seriously made this Lentil Loaf like 4 months ago... Oops!  But hey, at least I am sharing it with you now!  

Meatloaf/Lentil Loaf used to be one of those foods that kinda weirded me out, and I am not exactly sure why.  Maybe it was the name?  Or the texture?  I am not sure, but it is safe to say that I have grown out of thinking that!

This Lentil Loaf is so easy to make, reheats well and is sure to be a crowed pleaser! Serve it up with a side of steamed veggies, a salad or hey even mashed potatoes!  

Hearty Lentil Loaf 
Brunch N'Cupcakes Inspired by Whole Foods and Ambitious Kitchen
Serves 6 


Lentil Loaf:
1 Bell Pepper 
1 Cup Mushrooms Sliced
1 Cup Spinach 
1/2 Large Onion 
1/2 Cup Oatmeal 
1 1/2 Cup Bulgar 
1 Cup Lentils Dry
3 Tablespoons Ground Flax Seed 
1/2 Tablespoon Cumin 
Dash of salt and Pepper 

1 Teaspoon Mustard
1 Tablespoon Honey 
1 Small Can Tomato Sauce 
2 Teaspoons Hot Sauce 
1/2 Tablespoon Cumin 
1/2 Tablespoon Chili Powder 

1- Cook lentils according to package directions.  Combine flax seed meal and 1/3 cup of water.  Stir to combine and set aside while you assemble the rest of the lentil loaf.  
2-While Lentils are cooking heat skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat.  Saute onions, mushrooms, and pepper until tender, add in garlic and cook until fragrant.  Add spinach to the skillet and cook until wilted.  Pour veggie mixture into a large bowl and set aside.  
3- Add Cooked Lentils, Oatmeal, Bulgar, Cumin, salt and pepper to the bowl with the veggie mixture.  Toss until well combined, grab your flax seed meal mixture and add to bowl.  Stir well. 
4- Pour lentil mixture into a greased loaf pan, and press down until smooth and evenly distributed.  
5- Whisk together sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  Spread sauce over the lentil loaf.  Place lentil loaf in a 350 degree oven and bake for 45 minutes.  Let loaf stand 5 minutes before serving!