Every once in a while I get a craving for lentil and walnut loaf. I really wanted to make one a few weeks ago while I still had some turkey gravy in the refrigerator left over from Christmas and also some of my Cranberry-Apple Sauce, cause I thought they would go well with it. I made the turkey gravy with gluten-free cornstarch to thicken it only slightly, as I always prefer au jus to a thicker gravy.
In the past, the lentil loaf recipes I have used have all tasted very good, but the texture has never been that great... they all fell apart when serving them. I was hoping the addition of some eggs and some bread crumbs would help hold the loaf together, and it worked very nicely.
I used gluten-free bread and also gluten-free tamari soy sauce in my recipe, but I think that any whole grain bread would be fine. And if you don't have coconut oil, use your regular vegetable oil. I used my food process to chop the onion into a fine dice, and also to make the bread crumbs and grind the walnuts.
Lentil and Walnut Loaf
Makes 4 hearty servings
- 1 medium onion, chopped very fine
- 1 Tbs coconut oil
- 2 cups cooked, drained lentils (canned are fine)
- 2 slices bread, ground into crumbs
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped finely
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- Place the coconut oil in a skillet over MEDIUM heat and then add the onions and saute until transparent, about 10 minutes.
- Remove the onions from pan and mix with all the other ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Place the mixture in a loaf pan that has been lightly coated with non-stick spray.
- Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes, then remove foil and bake for 10 minutes more.
- Remove from oven and allow to rest about 5 minutes before slicing to serve.
Weight Watchers P+ = 9.
Calories 345; Protein 16g; Carbohydrate 37g; Fat 17g; Fibre 9g.
Pat the loaf ingredients down before covering to bake.
Taking the foil off and letting it bake a bit longer gives the top a nice crunch. Allow to rest and cool for a few minutes before cutting to serve.
Especially nice with your favorite veggies!
Is lentil loaf on your list of favorites?