Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Screaming "Summer!": Italian-Style Lentil Loaf

It's sweltering outside. Temperatures in the low 90s.

Perfectly sunny sky. And, I just finished cleaning 30 chairs out in the garage.

It's safe to say I'm *schvitzing*. Sweating my balls off, if you will.

Sounds like the perfect time for some hearty, home-cooked, comfort food, right?

Eh, not exactly. Normally, I would have been wanting something cool and refreshing for dinner, but tonight, I had one thing on the brain. Meat Lentil Loaf. For no explicable reason. I had found a recipe that I wanted to change (always), and it's one of my Dad's favorite meals. Done and Done.

Lesson: Italian-Stlye Lentil Loaf

  • 2 c. cooked lentils
  • 1.5 c. old fashioned oats
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • .5 c shredded zucchini
  • .5 c shredded carrot
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 3/4 c jarred tomato sauce (I used Classico Tomato and Basil)
  • as much as you like- dried basil, oregano, and parsely (feel free to use fresh if you have it)
  • salt and pepper
Activities and Procedures:
  • Preheat the oven to 375 and grease a loaf pan.
  • Sauté the onions and garlic until soft, about 5 min.
  • In a food processor, blend 1 c of both the lentils and oats until roughly ground. (This is personal preference- however fine you want it.
  • Empty this into a bowl and combine with remaining lentils and oats. Add the cooked onions and garlic, zucc and carrots, and 1/2 c of the tomato sauce and stir to combine well.
  • Dump it all in the pan, and cover with the remaining tomato sauce.
  • Bake that sucker for about 4 min.
  • Let stand for 10 min before cutting in so that it can get solid again.
  • Enjoy!

This was a mighty tasty one, and a homerun with the Pops. He likes my vegan cooking but often complains that it isn't substantial enough. This one though was perfect for him. A great combo of protein and carbs. And, warm and comforting.
I enjoyed mine along with some crispy salad, steamed greenbeans, and some more, sriracha-spiked tomato sauce. Hit the spot! And the veg kept it light and cool for summer. A delightful dinner!

Here's to enjoying some awesome- and unseasonal- dishes on the parents' tab!
~ Rach

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