Vegan Lentil "Meat-Loaf" | New Seasons Market

Vegan Lentil “Meat-Loaf”


For the Loaf:

  • 1 cup green lentils, uncooked
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or coconut oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup carrot, grated
  • 1/3 cup apple, peeled/grated
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoon ground flax AND 1/2 cup water (thoroughly mixed in a bowl)
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste

For the Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup or tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon apple butter (or unsweetened applesauce)
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Rinse lentils and place into a pot with 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil and sprinkle in a little salt. Reduce heat to medium/low and simmer uncovered for 40-45 minutes. Stir frequently and add water as needed. Cook lentils until slightly overcooked. Once done, mash with the back of a big spoon.

    Heat avocado or coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and add celery, carrot, apple, and raisins. Sauté for 5 minutes more and remove from heat. In a large mixing bowl, mix all remaining loaf ingredients together with lentils and veggies and season to taste. Grease a loaf pan with a little oil and line with parchment paper. Press mixture firmly into the pan.

    Combine all glaze ingredients and mix until creamy. Spread ½ of this mixture onto prepared loaf. Reserve the remainder for dipping sauce. Bake loaf at 350°F for 40-45 minutes uncovered. Edges should be lightly brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.


from the NSM Nutrition Team recipe box

Here is another protein-packed recipe that will have you skipping down memory lane. This recipe makes a great dinner, and you’ll have leftovers for days to come. It would also make a great recipe for a family get-together or potluck.

dairy-free, vegan