Lentil and tofu loaf

My kids loved a standard meat loaf, so I was looking for a recipe to replace it for a while now. I’ve finally come up with something, so let’s dive into it!

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Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hr 25 minutes

  • 3 cups (750ml) of vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) of red lentils
  • 227g of firm tofu
  • 1/4 (62.5ml) of fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp. (30ml) of Tamari sauce
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) of flax seeds
  • Ingredients6 tbsp. (90ml) of water
  • 1 big yellow onion
  • 1 shredded carrot
  • 2 slices of gluten free bread cut in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup (62.5ml) walnuts
  • 1 tsp. (5ml) of curry
  • 1 tsp. (5ml) of garlic powder
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 shallot
  • parsley
  • 1tbsp. (15ml) of olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. (7.5ml) of apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  1. In a small food processor (or by hand if you don’t have one), finely chop the tofu, the parsley, and the garlic. Add the Tamari sauce and let it rest for 1-2 hours or more.
  2. Cook the lentils in the vegetable broth for 15-20  minutes until the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350º.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the grounded flax seeds and the water. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  5. Over medium heat, cook the onion, the carrot, the bread and the walnuts for 5 minutes. Stir in the curry powder, the garlic powder and add some salt and pepper.
  6. In a big bowl, mix the cooked lentils and the tofu. Add the onion mix and the flax seeds mix.
  7. Put your mix in an 8”x8” oven dish and cook it for 45 minutes.
  8. In the meantime, prepare your raw tomato sauce by cutting your tomatoes in small squares, finely chop the shallot and the parsley. Mix it all with the oil, the vinegar, add some salt and pepper.

What do our readers say about this recipe?

“This was a great recipe. I used red lentils, but since I am not a vegetarian, I decided to use 2/3 chicken broth and just 1/3 the vegetable one. It was quick and simple to make and the tofu made it all work. Thanks!”

“I have been looking for a good meatless recipe for my husband who recently became a vegetarian (he is not vegan yet unfortunately). Awesome!!!!!”

“I had only heard of the benefits of using tofu for a meat replacement and was not sure how I would like this, but it turned out great and I will definitely use it again. It is a good substitute for any meat dish except maybe spaghetti.”

“I liked this, though it took some time to prepare. I cooked the noodles in chicken broth, but everything else went in separately so that was nice.”

“I really liked this recipe, it was very filling and easy to prepare. I would have liked a stronger curry flavor but that is just me, maybe just add more next time.”

“Lentil loaf turned out great. I used red lentils, which was a little tougher, but still tasty. It’s a good hearty dish.”

“This was really good. The tofu made it creamy and satisfying. I also substituted canned tomatoes for fresh because I didn’t have time for them to ripen.”

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