Sunday, January 15, 2017

Lentil Loaf - Pressure Cooker

Similar to traditional meat loaf but without all the grease. Easy to make though the ingredients list is rather long. When I cook this recipe, I usually double it to make two lentil loaves. First the onions, mushrooms, lentils and rice are cooked in a pressure cooker, then the loaf bakes in the oven.

1 to 2 cups finely chopped onion
1 to 2 cups finely chopped mushrooms
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups dry uncooked lentils
1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 Tablespoon tahini

2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 Tablespoon vegan Worchestershire sauce

Optional Tomato-Maple Glaze
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 1/2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon paprika

In a pressure cooker, dry-saute' the onions and mushrooms for two minutes. Add 3 cups water, the lentils, rice, bay leaf, thyme and tahini. Cook under pressure for 10 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally. Remove bay leaf.

Stir together flax seed meal, 1/3 cup water, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, tomato paste, soy sauce, Worchestershire sauce and walnuts if using. Add this mixture to the cooked lentils and rice and stir well. Fill the loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

Stir together Tomato-Maple Glaze ingredients. Spread onto the top of the lentil loaf after it has baked 20 minutes. Continue baking the remaining 20 minutes.

Holiday meal suggestion:

Lentil Loaf, Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy,
 Broccoli Salad, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Carrot Mash

To make burgers instead of a loaf, form pressure-cooked lentil-rice mixture into patties. If the mixture is too wet, stir in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of cornmeal. Bake on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet at 350 for 15 minutes, flip burgers over and bake 15 minutes longer.

1 comment:

Splendid Little Stars said...

I'm saving some of your recipes to try. Thanks for sharing them!

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