Lentil Nut Loaf With Sweet Potato

Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes

The loaf goes extremely well with my cheesy sauce (see recipe below), a salad of romaine lettuce, steamed kale, oven roasted Brussels sprouts and raw red cabbage.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup 100g (3.5oz) dry red lentils
  • ½ cup 85g (3oz) chickpeas, cooked
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 12 leek slices, about ⅓-inch thick
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • ½ sweet potato (about 160g, 5.6oz)
  • 1 large potato (about 160g, 5.6oz)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 pinches of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1 Tbsp 15g (0.5oz) miso paste
  • Leaves from 3 fresh rosemary stalks, chopped
  • Leaves from 5 fresh sage stalks, chopped
  • ¼ cup 25g (0.9oz) hazelnuts
  • ¼ cup 25g (0.9oz) almonds
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seeds + 4 Tbsp water, mixed
  • 3 tsp sun-dried tomato granules
  • ½ Tbsp raw buckwheat flour
  • Black pepper and Himalayan salt (optional) to taste

Cheesy Sauce

  • ½ sweet potato (160g, 5.6oz with peel), peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium potato (140g, 5oz with peel), peeled and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp onion flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp broth powder
  • 11 cashews or almonds (about 15g, 0.5oz)
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Water

Preparation

  1. Wash the lentils well and boil. Set aside.
  2. Process the nuts in food processor into coarse crumbs or chop them with knife. Process the chickpeas in food processor or mash with fork.
  3. Mix ground flax seeds with water and set aside.
  4. Chop onion, leek, carrot, sweet potato and potato into smaller cubes and throw them into a bowl.
  5. Take a large pot, add 2 Tbsp of water (you shouldn’t need more) and heat it up. Once the water starts to sizzle, bring down the heat, add chopped veggies and mix for a while. Cover with lid and mix every now and then. Sautée the veggies for a total of 8-10 minutes.
  6. Peel garlic cloves and crush them through garlic press. Add to pot of veggies and mix well. Also add red pepper flakes, paprika powder, miso paste, chopped sage and rosemary into the pot. Mix well. All this in the range of 8-10 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and cool the veggies a bit by mixing it with a spoon and let the excess water to evaporate.
  8. Add into pot: boiled lentils, processed nuts and chickpeas, tomato granules and flax/water mix. Mix really well. Taste and season with Himalayan salt (optional) and black pepper.
  9. Finally mix in ½ Tbsp of buckwheat flour. The mixture has to be quite dry – it’s still moist, but not liquid.
  10. Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190°C). Take a 9 x 3 loaf pan (mine was 23cm x 8cm x 7cm) and line it with parchment paper.
  11. Transfer the loaf mixture into pan and press it down really well using spatula to make sure there are no air bubbles.
  12. Bake for 50 minutes until it’s golden. Remove from oven and let breathe for a couple of minutes. Then, place chopping board over the pan and flip it over. Remove the pan let cool for another couple of minutes before taking off the parchment paper. Let cool before slicing.

Cheesy Sauce

  1. Boil water in kettle for later use.
  2. Put all the ingredients except nuts and nutritional yeast in a small pot. Add enough of the boiling water to cover the veggies. Mix well.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Let cool a bit.
  4. Add the nuts and nutritional yeast and puree with an immersion blender. Add more boiled water if the sauce is too thick.

Tips

  • If you don’t have miso paste, substitute it with soy sauce or with Himalayan salt.
  • You can substitute different types nuts.
  • You can substitute drained and chopped sun-dried tomatoes – about four halves should be enough for the sun-dried tomato granules.

Nele Liivlaid is originally from Estonia, but currently lives in Barcelona, Spain. She developed a more profound interest in nutrition and related diseases when she read The China Study. She is a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate graduate and spreads the word about healthy, sustainable nutrition and lifestyle through her blog Nutriplanet, where related articles and whole food plant-based recipes are published weekly.
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