I love vegan meatballs & meatloaf. I have made them with vegan cheese, salsa, oats, coconut flour, quinoa, an assortment of veggies & more.
For this loaf I wanted:
- the main ingredient to be lentils
- a smokey flavor
- a yummy homemade glaze
- clean ingredients & a nutritious outcome
This loaf is great to make ahead of time & either bake or re-heat when desired. You can also freeze to un-thaw & reheat in the future.
You might also like my Mexican Vegan Meatloaf Muffins…
which can be found on my Instagram via this link – @thekellydiet
Butternut Squash Lentil Loaf
- 1 lb cubed butternut squash
- 2 C dry brown lentils
- 1 flax egg (Mix 1 T Flax with 3 T water & let sit for 5 minutes)
- 1/2 T coconut oil
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1 C rolled or old fashioned oats
- 1 T liquid aminos
- 1 T balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 C balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 C tomato paste
- 1 tsp raw, local honey or pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp liquid aminos
- 1/4 tsp mustard powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp paprika
- Preheat your oven to 450F.
- Spread your cubed squash on a baking sheet lined with a silpat. Bake for about 25 minutes or until roasted.
- Cook lentils according to instructions on bag.
- Mix your flax egg in a small bowl & set aside.
- Heat the coconut oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add in the onion, carrot, garlic, cinnamon, paprika & turmeric. Sauté until onions are translucent & the mixture is fragrant.
- When the squash & lentils are done, add all of your loaf ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Beat mixture on a high setting until squash is mashed & the batter is combined.
- Pour batter in a loaf pan sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Bake at 450F for 50 minutes.
- While the loaf is baking make the glaze by simmering your balsamic in a saucepan for 5 minutes. Remove from heat & whisk in the rest of your ingredients.
- After the 50 minutes of baking, remove the loaf from the oven, spread the top with your glaze & bake for another 5 minutes. Serve warm. Enjoy!
If you make this recipe, snap a pic & hashtag it #thekellydiet @thekellydiet- I love seeing your creations on Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook!
Use this loaf to warm you up during this cold season!