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Gluten Free Option: Use short grain brown rice and gluten free bread instead of bulgar and whole wheat bread. Or use our lentil quinoa loaf recipe.
Adapted from 'Heaven's Banquet' Ayurvedic vegetarian cookbook by Miriam Hospadar - one of our favorite all purpose vegetarian cookbooks.
Total Prep & Cook Time: 70 min. + 1 hr soaking for the lentils
Yield: 8 Servings
Nutrition Data, 181g Serving: 385 cal, 29g carb, 28g fat, 386mg sodium, 10g fiber, 8g protein, low Cholesterol. Estimated glycemic load 9
You'll need a large (9 x 5 x 3) oiled GLASS loaf pan for this recipe, or two smaller pans. Make sure that the bread crumbs are soft and fresh, or the mixture may become too dry in cooking.
Time Saver Tip: Lentil loaf can easily be made ahead, covered and refrigerated, or frozen, then baked when needed. To make it even easier, store in the glass or ceramic baking pan - well covered.
If frozen, thaw before baking. Add ten minutes to the cooking time if the lentil loaf goes into the oven cold.
In keeping with holiday tradition, leftover lentil loaf tastes even better the next day!
"Your lentil loaf went down (and stood up!) so well on Thanksgiving, I can't say enough in thanks. Great recipe!" Gina B.
"My best friend is a vegetarian. I asked you for special things to cook for her at family gatherings. You suggested lentil loaf. Welllllll! Sara loves it!!! I make it for her as cupcakes. It makes 12. It takes a little longer to cook, but comes out in perfect single servings." Catherine M.
Hi! I made lentil loaf for thanksgiving, and it was very good. It didn't end up looking like the picture at all, though, and the slices fell apart very easily. Was the mixture too moist or not moist enough when I pressed it into the pan? And could it be because I used coarse bulgur instead of fine bulgur? I want to make it again but I'd like it to be a bit more moist and less dry next time. Thanks! Mari M.
Hi Mari, We haven't had that problem with this lentil loaf recipe - if anything it tends to be too moist. There are several factors that might make it dry:
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