Do you ever look at a recipe and think how good it looks but realise that you’re missing an ingredient or two so you just don’t bother? I almost never do. This recipe
called for poultry seasoning, Cajun spice and cranberry sauce. I had none of the above so I improvised.
Poultry seasoning…1 tsp rosemary, 1 tsp sage, 1 tsp thyme, a pinch of cloves and some pepper
Cajun spice…1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp paprika, 2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp pepper and 1 tsp basil
For the cranberry sauce I just used sweet chili sauce and another 1/4 cup ketchup for the top of the loaf
These may not be exactly the right combinations for the spices but there’s nothing wrong with putting your own twist on a recipe. Better that than miss out on what could be one of your new favourites. I’m so glad I didn’t pass this lentil loaf by because we loved it!
This is a great recipe if you have left over lentils or any grain (I used brown rice). If not, you’ll need to prepare 2 cups of each before you begin.
Put all veggies in a blender and pulse. Don’t bother cleaning your blender as you’ll need it again. I did not use 4 tbsp of oil to fry the vegetables, instead I used a nonstick frying pan and added a bit of stock when needed. Once soft, place veggies in a large bowl and set aside.
Place the cooked grains and lentils into the food processor along with balsamic, Dijon and soy sauce. Pulse just enough to combine but it doesn’t need to be completely mashed. Add this to the onion mixture.
In the same food processor add 1/2 cup each sunflower seeds and oats. Again just pulse until the oats begin to break down. Add to the lentils along with the spices, flax and nutritional yeast. Using your hand mix everything together and place into a parchment lined loaf pan (I large or two smaller pans).
I used 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce, 1/2 cup ketchup and 2 tbsp of Dijon. Mix and spread on lentil loaf. The recipe calls for saving some for a sauce but I used all of it.
A note on Nutritional yeast: You can substitute finely grated parmesan cheese but I recommend you give this ingredient a try
Yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods. Sprinkle some on hot popcorn or garlic bread, or add a generous spoonful to a stir fry or pasta sauce. Nutritional yeast is also the only reliable food source of vitamin B12, so if you’re vegan, it’s a good idea to add some to your food regularly.
I love nutritional yeast and use it often. It adds a lot flavour to savoury dishes, not to mention its high Vitamin B content. In Canada, it can be purchased in any health food store but if I remember correctly, The Bulk barn sells it for a great price.