22 days into the vegan diet and the good food just keeps on coming. Who knew? Aside from the health benefits (which I started noticing a few days into it) it is just plain fun to cook some of this stuff. I am planning two big entrees a week and tonight was my foray into the world of artichokes and lentils.
Courtesy of Chef Christine Waltermyer, who graciously gave her recipe for Artichoke Lentil Loaf to the book, Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, we now have a savory meat(less) loaf for dinner. The aroma of the sautéed onions, garlic, and celery, mixed in with the seasonings has kept the kitchen a happy place.
Here’s my version:
½ cup onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup celery, diced
3 cups mushrooms, finely chopped (I used a variety package)
1 tablespoon, dried parsley
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (don’t freak out about the name. No chicken byproducts allowed)
2 1/2 – 3 cups of cooked lentils
4 artichoke hearts, chopped (I used the kind in the small bottle)
1/2 cup raw pecans, finely chopped
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons of wheat flour
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of Bragg’s Amino Sauce
Cracked black pepper to taste
1 small can of low salt tomato paste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sauté the onions, celery and garlic in a dash of olive oil until the onions start to become translucent. Add the mushrooms (and a little water if needed) then stir, cover and wait 5 minutes. Uncover and stir again. Add the parsley and the poultry seasoning, mix and remove from heat.
Get a large bowl. Put the seasoned vegetables in, then mix in the cooked lentils.
Now, mixing as you go, add the artichoke hearts, pecans, oats, flour, lemon juice, and Bragg’s sauce.
Add some black pepper as you go; if you want. I wanted. So I did.
Now – after you are done enjoying the awesome smell, get a loaf pan and spray it / lightly grease it.
Spoon the whole mixture into the loaf pan and press it down.
To finish the task, spoon a thin layer of the tomato paste on top. Some would say this is optional.
Bake for 1 hour. Once done, let rest for 30 minutes before slicing. Good luck on the waiting part.
Now slice a slice and eat up!
Wine is vegetarian, right?