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Vegan Lentil and Quinoa Loaf


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  • Author: Alexandre Valente
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Looking to cook up a crowd-pleasing meal? Then you can’t go wrong with this delicious and incredibly nutritious lentil and quinoa loaf.


Ingredients

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For the lentil and quinoa loaf:

  • 1 bay leaf (to cook the lentils)
  • 3/4 cup dried lentils (or 2 cups cooked lentils)
  • vegetable broth (to cook the lentils)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 3 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 inch ginger (grated)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/3 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 150 grams brown mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1 carrot (grated)
  • 2 celery stalks (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsps nutritional yeast
  • salt (to taste)
  • 100 grams oats
  • 50 grams walnuts (chopped)

For the sweet tomato sauce:

  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3 tomatoes (chopped)
  • salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tsp agave syrup

Instructions

Making the loaf:

  1. Soak lentils in cold water overnight or for a couple of hours (this step is not mandatory).
  2. Drain lentils and cook in vegetable broth with bay leaf until tender.
  3. Immerse quinoa under boiling water for about 3 minutes, before draining and cooking it in water with a pinch of salt, until fluffy.
  4. Sauté onion, garlic, and ginger in olive oil with a rosemary sprig. Add cumin, paprika, thyme, and black pepper, allowing the aromatics to release.
  5. Deglaze with soy sauce.
  6. Add mushrooms and cook until they’re soft before adding the grated carrot and chopped celery and also letting them cook until soft.
  7. Stir in nutritional yeast, incorporating it into the mixture, allowing its nutty flavor to permeate.
  8. Fold in the cooked lentils, quinoa, and season with salt to taste.
  9. Combine the oats with the mixture and then use a hand blender to roughly blend half of the mixture until smooth.
  10. Fold in the chopped walnuts, mixing it all together.
  11. Transfer the mixture into a loaf pan and bake it in the oven at 180º C (350ºF) until it turns a golden brown (about 50 minutes).

Making the sauce:

  1. For the sauce, sauté garlic and fresh tomatoes in olive oil, and transfer them into a blender to create a homogenous mixture. 
  2. Transfer that mixture back into the pan and season with salt and black pepper, letting it simmer until it develops a thicker consistency.
  3. Finish the sauce with parsley and agave syrup.
  4. Serve the loaf topped with the tomato sauce, and optionally alongside roasted potatoes, veggies, or a light salad.

Notes

  • If the mixture is too dry you may add a bit of water, if it is too moist, add more oats.
  • The baking time may vary depending on the oven and the loaf’s consistency. 
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Baking Time: 50 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Main Course