Hey guys! This is Heather from HealthyVeganRecipes.net.
So things are starting to feel like Christmas around here, weíve got the Christmas music
going. No snow yet but Iím sure weíll get there soon. And what I thought I would share with you
guys today is a recipe that would be fantastic as part of your holiday meal. So what Iíve
got for you is a lentil loaf which is a pretty popular vegan option for main dish. And you can make it super super delicious
by adding certain seasonings and what Iím gonna add is a sweet potato. A lot of my holiday
recipes include sweet potatoes because I love them. They are incredibly tasty and really nice
and soft and just add a nice comforting texture to dish so weíre gonna do red lentils and
sweet potato and Iíve got my red lentils already cooking here. They are excellent lentils
to use because they cook really really fast and theyíre also really soft. A lot of people have trouble with lentil loafs
because if you use the green or the brown lentils, they donít mush up too much and
so your loaf can wind up pretty crumbly. But if you use the red lentil, they get really
really soft and Iíll show you how the texture works with them. They take about 20 minutes
to cook so pretty fast in the bean cooking world. And as always if you want the recipe, head
over to HealthyVeganRecipes.net. Iíll post all of the ingredients and the measurements
and the direction there. For those of you who want to see how itís done, thatís what
weíre gonna do next. So your starting your red lentils that look
like this, theyíre split in half thatís why they take so little time to cook. Then
when they are cooked, your just gonna cook them by boiling them in water with no salt.
Theyíre gonna look like this, theyíre yellow and they wind up looking very very mushy and
soft. Then to this Iím gonna add my sweet potato
that I have grated up. If you donít want to grate your sweet potato, you can just chop
it up and boil it and mix it in and kind of mash it. But grating it works really well because it
cooks fairly quickly and I just wanna soften it a little bit before I put this on the oven.
Thatís why Iím mixing it in here with the lentils. And like I said a lot of my recipes that I
like to suggest for holidays include sweet potato because itís just an awesome holiday
staple. But if you have too much sweet potato on your table already, you can totally swap
this out for carrots or beets or any other type of root vegetable that you like would
be excellent. And I put together a whole bunch of ideas
for you guys for holiday recipes. Iíll post a link to that with the video so you can check
it out. Now, you donít add any salt while the lentils
are cooking but then once you get the sweet potato in there you can sprinkle a little
bit of salt in there and that will help the sweet potatoes soften up. Once they soften, Iíll also gonna add in
some onion and some mushrooms that Iíll chop up really really finely and again I just wanna
get those in here just so they soften a little bit before this goes into the oven. So all youíre looking to do here is just
soften up the vegetables a little bit so Iíve got the onion and the mushrooms in here now
as well. Iíve added a little bit more salt for those vegetables to help them soften. And a good thing about adding the vegetables
here rather than just wanna bake is theyíre gonna release moisture as they cook so this
mixture Iíve got here is looking pretty soggy. I also use quite a bit of water for the lentils
so when I put it in the direction Iíll put less water than I use here. So if you get a lot of water coming out from
these vegetables you can just drain it off, just put the lid on and drain out a little
bit. So once youíve got the veggies soften up a little bit then you can move on to make
this into a really nice thick batter Iím gonna call it for your loaf. And what weíll use is some ground flax seed.
This gonna help the liquid in your mixture stick together. Iím gonna put two tablespoons
in there, Iím also going to add some rolled oats that Iíve ground up to a flour. You can use different type of flour if you
like but I like to use rolled oats. Theyíre fairly easy to your digestive system and then
I donít have to keep a bunch of flour on hand and Iím going to put about four tablespoons
in there. Give it a stir and depending on how big your
onion and your sweet potato more and how much liquid is in here, you might need to play
with those measurements to make it work for you. But what you want to have in the end is something
that looks like itís gonna stick together when you put it in the oven. So play up and
down, I might need to add a little bit more and the other thing Iím gonna add to this
butter to make it really thick and rich and taste good in your mouth is add some fat. Fat really helps with that feeling in your
mouth of something thatís really rich and satisfying. And what Iím gonna use is some
nut or seed butter. I happen to have some flour in the fridge today but whatever kind
you like. A neutral flavor is best like peanut probably wonít be the greatest because then
youíll have a peanut tasting loaf. Although if youíre going to that, no worries,
that would be great! You only need a little bit, itís gonna get thin out in the butter
but you just wanna have a little bit in there to kinda carry the flavor of the seasonings
that weíre gonna add in here and then again like I said that mouth feeling of satisfying
rich fat. Alright, so as you stirred this up, the nut
butter will kind of melt into the butter and make sure you stir it for a little while before
you add more of anything because flax is kind of slow acting and it didnít look like much
at first but as I stir this around the flax is absorbing water and its gonna make this
really super sticky. Now, I like to have it a little bit drier
of a loaf so Iím gonna add more oat flour but if you like a really moist loaf then donít
add more flour. So make sure everything gets stirred through
and they have a good texture going on and then you can add seasonings and I was thinking
of taking this in a sweet direction with some orange and some ginger and some cranberries
but then I remembered that I have some sundried tomatoes and I wanted to use those. So Iím gonna go salty and Iím gonna just
cut out some sundried tomatoes with my kitchen scissors right in there. Iím also going to
press some garlic in here. Iíve got some thyme and some oregano and basil mix up together
here and Iím just gonna sprinkle some in, get some margarine in here too. And then Iím gonna put this into a loaf pan
that Iíve lined with parchment paper, makes it really easy to take it out of the loaf
pan and afterwards. Now I donít know if you momís used to do this but Philís mom sure
does and she tops off her meatloaf with a nice glazed so you can do the same thing with
the lentil loafs and what I did today was just spread a little bit of ketchup on top. You can get a little fancier, put some chutney
on there, the cranberry apple chutney recipe that I have on my site would be awesome or
some other type of tomato base sauce would be excellent as well. I put mine on about half an hour before the
loaf was finish so that it does not get too crispy on top but if you like that, go for
it. put in on right in the beginning. So one important tip on your loaf is when
you take it out the oven, let it cool off for a good 15 minutes so that it can solidify
a little bit and when you take it out on the pan it wonít fall apart. And when you cut
it, it will be a little more solid than right when itís piping out from the oven. So thereís my loaf and I find it cuts best
with a serrated type knife and then you can just cut slices of it. Serve it along with
the rest of your holiday delicious meal and there you go, itís really soft and moist
inside becuase of the sweet potato. I tried a little bite, itís has a phenomenal
flavor, a lot is due to the sweet potato and the sundried tomatoes. So thatís it for our
holiday lentil loaf. Taste amazing! Pretty easy to make and really healthy, great combination
for your holiday meal! If you need some other ideas on what to make,
you can check those out over at HealthyVeganRecipes.net and I will also post the rest of the directions
for this guy of course. So thatís it for me today, I hope you guys
enjoyed and have fun planning your holiday meal.