Every year since I started to stay in Los Angeles for the holidays, my kitchen has been host to all “orphan” friends who also were not traveling and I’d put on what is coined “A Very Vegan Christmas.”
I often start planning my vegan holiday menu as early as October and spend three days preparing for the Christmas feast; and I love it!
I know not everyone is like me and enjoys spending days prepping for a meal that will be devoured in most likely a manner of minutes. For those who prefer something a little more simple, but still complex, hearty and delicious, I give you this lentil and veggie loaf recipe.
This vegan, gluten free lentil loaf is great for a special occasion or any day of the week. If you’re only feeding a couple of people, you can pre-slice the loaf, wrap it in a freezer safe bag or container and have some ready for later meals. You can also add extra veggies as you desire; the loaf would be great with peas and mushrooms!
I suggest serving it with green beans, leafy greens or brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes, roasted root veggies, or a cauliflower mash. Remember to top with your favorite gravy as well! Two of my favorites are my famous savory herb gravy and my white bean and rosemary. It’s also great with a cashew mushroom sauce!
|Rinsed lentils ready for cooking.|
Lentil and Vegetable Loaf
Recipe by Christine Oppenheim
1 T olive oil
1 cup onion, finely diced
½ cup carrot, finely diced
2 large cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup red wine, or 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce or balsamic vinegar
½ cup walnuts
2 cups cooked lentils
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 Tablespoon tamari
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon yellow or dijon mustard
¼ cup nutritional yeast
2 Tablespoons fresh mixed herbs (thyme, sage, rosemary, oregano)
¼ cup fresh parsley
1 cup wild rice or brown rice
¼ teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper, to taste
|Sauteed onion, carrot and garlic.|
|Lentils and walnuts pureed to resemble pate.|
|Lentil, veggie and rice mix pressed into loaf pan.|