“I am not a vegetarian but I eat some meatless meals and like to have tasty options for vegetarian friends. The lentil/oats combo is a complete protein and an excellent low fat meat replacement for anyone. For vegan friends, I omit the cheese & egg and use lesser amount of tomato sauce. (Prep time does NOT include cooking the lentils.)”
READY IN:
50mins
SERVES:
6
YIELD:
1 loaf
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix lentils, onion, oats, and cheese in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Add the beaten egg and mix well.
  4. Add about 1/2 c of sauce, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Add remaining sauce so long as the mixture will not be too sloppy.
  5. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and pour/scrape the lentil mixture into it. Even out the top surface with a spatula or fork.
  6. Bake uncovered 30-40 minutes or until top is golden and crispy.
  7. Let cool at least 5 minutes.
  8. Turn out onto serving platter and garnish with parsley, if desired.
  9. Variations:
  10. Add chopped celery, different sauces, different cheeses (or no cheese!) or try more traditional poultry spices instead of the Italian ones. Serve with all the 'fixins: mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, squash, and salad.

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