March is all about Meatless Mondays! Ok, ok, everything I post is meatless, but what about those great meaty meals you think you have to give up when going vegan? March Meatless Mondays will take typically meat heavy meals and transform them before your very eyes!
This recipe is inspired by Mt Rainier National Park's Bourbon Buffalo Meatloaf found in Kathleen Bryant's Western National Parks' Lodges Cookbook. I've been wanting to make a lentil loaf for a while, but I never really found the inspiration. Until now. This Lentil Loaf is A-MAZING. I'm not just tooting my own horn. I love it. And I hope you do too!
Serves about 6
1/2 onion, diced
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup mushrooms, roughly chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup lentils, uncooked
1 cup quinoa, uncooked
1/2 cup BBQ sauce 1/2 onion, diced
1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup bourbon
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1 tsp cornstarch
Cook the Quinoa
Cook 1 cup dry quinoa on your stove or in your rice cooker according to its package directions.
In a large pot on your stove, combine the onion, 1 cup vegetable broth, 1 minced garlic clove, 2 cups mushrooms, and 1 cup celery together for about 20 minutes. Once the veggies are soft, add in 1 cup lentils and another 1/2 cup of vegetable broth. Once the lentils are cooked through and the quinoa is done, add in 2 cups of cooked quinoa to the lentil mixture, and 1/2 a cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce.
Add the lentil mixture to a casserole dish and pat down tightly. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Bourbon BBQ Glaze
While the lentil loaf is baking, start the sauce so it can reduce. Combine the onion, veg broth, mushrooms, bourbon, and BBQ sauce together in a small saucepan on your stove and cook at medium heat, stirring often. The mixture will thicken and reduce the longer it cooks. Just before you take the lentil loaf out of the oven add in 1 tsp of cornstarch and stir until dissolved.
Once the lentil loaf is done cooking, let it sit for about 15 minutes so it can firm up a bit. Slice like you would a lasagne and serve over mashed potatoes or noodles. Top with a good amount of the Bourbon BBQ Glaze.