I've had great results with this recipe. Even meat eaters and kids that I have made this for have inhaled it. I like to serve it with gravy, mashed potatoes, and peas. It's also great with my thyme yorkshire puddings. I also think that it would be a perfect protein dish for thanksgiving if you are expecting vegetarians.
2 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 cup brown lentils (wash and check for small rocks)
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup grated cheese (use a flavorful cheese)
1 egg, beaten
4 1/2 oz tomato sauce or spagetti sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil
1 tbs dried parsley
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Bring salted water to a boil. Add lentils and simmer, covered for 25-30 min (until lentils have absorbed most of the water).
Remove from pan, drain, and mash lentils in a mixing bowl. Set aside and let lentils cool a bit.
Stir in onions, oats, and cheese until well mixed.
Add egg, tomato sauce, and the remaining seasonings and mix well.
Spoon into a well greased loaf pan.
Smooth with back of spoon.
Bake at 350*F for 30 - 45 min or until top of loaf is firm, dry, and golden brown.
Cool in pan, on rack for 10 min.
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Not only is this recipe a fabulous comfort food, it's also extremely nutritious. Lentils are made up fo 25% protein. They are cholesterol free, virtually fat free, and low in calories. Lentils are high in folate, iron (perfect if you do have a bun in the oven) and high in fiber.