Red Lentil Loaf with Smoky Tomato Sauce

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Infinitely healthier than meat-based meatloaf and just as delicious, this savory vegan meatloaf recipe makes a welcome meal on a chilly night. Try it in next-day sandwiches, too. The smoky-sweet sauce, made with taco seasoning, smoked paprika, mustard, and Date Paste, comes together in just 10 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium onions, chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 2 fresh poblano chile peppers, seeded and chopped (1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh Mexican oregano
  • 2 cups cooked short grain brown rice
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 14.5-oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • ¼ cup Date Paste
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a skillet combine onions, lentils, poblanos, garlic, and oregano. Stir in 1½ cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes or until lentils are tender and water is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Stir in rice, cornmeal, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Lightly pat mixture into the prepared loaf pan; flatten top.
  3. For sauce, in a blender combine tomatoes, date paste, paprika, taco seasoning, mustard, and ½ cup water. Cover and blend until smooth. Transfer to a saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until slightly thick.
  4. Spoon ¾ cup of the sauce over loaf. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until sauce looks dark and dry. Cool on a wire rack 15 minutes. Slice loaf and serve with the remaining sauce.

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Darshana Thacker

Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com for more.

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