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Vegetarian ‘Meat’loaf

June 7, 2010

Here’s a great recipe that is high in fiber and protein, low in fat, easy and the perfect vegetarian meal. I actually prefer this to the normal meatloaf with beef because the meat tends to dry out quicker, but the lentils and oats give this dish a nice texture. This is one of my favorite ways to use lentils. I really love lentils because it is such a great protein source. Lentils also provide good to excellent amounts of six important minerals, two B-vitamins, and protein-all with virtually no fat. Just 230 calories for a whole cup of cooked lentils. This tiny nutritional giant fills you up. Since I haven’t been eating much meat lately, I’ve been resorting to tofu, lentil and eggs, which can get boring. This dish has great flavors and tastes even better the next day. If you don’t have time to simmer lentils over the stove, Trader Joe’s sells microwavable lentils. All you have to do is microwave the lentil package for 4 minutes and you have perfectly steamed lentils in a bag! So easy and convenient when you are in a rush.

Vegetarian ‘Meaf’loaf

Serves 4


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup Marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Add salt to water and boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add lentils and simmer covered 25-30 minutes, until lentils are soft and most of water is evaporated. Remove and drain.
  3. Scrape into mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Stir in onion, oats and vegetables until mixed.
  5. Add egg, tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, garlic, basil, seasoning salt and pepper and mix well
  6. Spoon into loaf pan that has been generously sprayed with non-stick cooking spray
  7. Smooth top with back of spoon. Add a layer of marinara/BBQ sauce mixture to the top
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30- 45 minutes until top of loaf is dry, firm and golden brown.
  9. Cool in pan on rack for about 10 minutes.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 5, 2010 2:06 am

    This looks awesome! I’m going to have to try this one, Keep up the good work.

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