Vegetarian Lentil Meatloaf


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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 279.3
  • Total Fat: 11.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 79.1 mg
  • Sodium: 1,126.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 29.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.9 g
  • Protein: 16.2 g

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Number of Servings: 4


    2 cups water
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 cup lentils
    1 small onion , diced
    1 cup quick-cooking oats
    3/4 cup grated cheese (cheddar, swiss, jack or american)
    1 egg , beaten
    4 1/2 ounces spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon dried basil
    1 tablespoon dried parsley
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper


-Boil salted water in a saucepan.
-Add lentils and simmer convered for about 30 minutes (varies with the type of lentils). Boil until the lentils are soft and most of the water is absorbed.
-Drain and partially mash the lentils.
-Scrape into a mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly.
-Stir in onion, oats, and cheese.
-Add egg, tomato sauce, garlic, basil, parsley, and pepper and mix.
-Scrape into a loaf pan that has been sprayed generously with pam non-stick cooking spray.
-Smooth the top of the loaf.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes until top of loaf is dry, firm, and golden brown.
-Cool in pan for 10 minutes.
-Run a knife along the edges of pan, then turn out loaf into a serving plate.
-Makes 4 generous servings

(to vary recipe: can also try using bbq sauce instead of the tomato sauce)

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user LAURADNYC.


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  • My husband and son are not vegetarians so they were pretty nervous trying this. They loved it and my husband actually told me he likes this better then meatloaf. - 3/18/12

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  • Wow, I really liked this! I didn't have any tomato sauce so I made it with BBQ sauce. My meat eating husband wouldn't even try it, but I thought it was delicious! - 2/25/12

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    Very tasty but a little dry. I used BBQ sauce instead of tomatoe sauce as suggested and I had no basil so I used herbs de provence.
    Would top with BBQ sauce (as the picture showed) or maybe bacon as well next time - 11/29/11

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  • This recipe took my vegetarian husband back to his childhood--in a good way. One of his favorite foods growing up was meatloaf with applesauce, so he showed our kids how to eat this with applesauce on it. I must say that I prefer it the way it is. Will make again, thanks! - 10/17/11

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  • Really yummy and filling!! Also, pretty easy to make. - 7/1/11

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  • I like more veg and more tomato, so I'll make this in the future with cooked carrots, peppers, celery and tomatoes in it, and tomato paste on top after I've turned it out of the pan. But it was VERY good! - 6/8/11

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  • This is my first experience with lentils and it certainly won't be my last. It also won't be my last time making this recipe. I really enjoyed this recipe. I added some green pepper and it was great! - 5/16/10

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  • Hubby(meat eater) love it, I need to chop the onion smaller or use less as I don't like onion. - 1/5/10

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  • This sounds awesome! A Spark friend made it and said it was good. Can't wait to try it! - 5/13/09

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  • I made this vegan by eliminating the cheese and using egg replacer. I liked it a lot. My carnivore husband enjoyed it as well. Thanks. - 5/13/09

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  • to much spice for me..... if I make it again I will cut the spice and add more tomato sauce - 6/2/08

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  • very very good! yes I would make this again, I added a small green pepper, - 5/18/08

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