The Ultimate Comfort Food: Lentil Loaf

I have suffered a loss.

I was on a cruise ship in Russia last year traveling with my mom and grandma, and it was one of the best times of my life. My grandma bought me that ring in a museum in Russia, and I have worn it consistently since. Sleeping, eating, showering, swimming…whatever. I did it in that ring. I love that ring.

When I lost the weight, that ring became far too big. So big that it kept falling off and I’d have to wear it on my thumb.

It was way to big and was missing stones, but I didn’t take it to a jeweler to get it resized or fixed. I just didn’t seem to have the time.

So I went to Whole Foods today with two friends on mine, and I went to the bathroom. I sit down, and suddenly hear a clink.


Where’s my ring?

In the toilet.

My ring was in the toilet.


So I stand up immediately and decide what to do. I see it in there, and ponder getting someone with a plunger or (ew) trying to fish it out myself.

And then I see it.

The toilet is an automatic one, and I see it. My ring; flushing down the drain and into the sewer.

My heart sinks.

I cried. I cried for a long time.

My friends were there for me, but I still wanted that ring. So as I stood, hysterical, outside the bathroom at Whole Foods, a lady comes up to me and asks me why I’m crying. I tell her briefly, and she tells me that God doesn’t want me to be so attached to a ring or to be sad. She gave me a hug and said she’d pray for me.

While she was at it, I figured I would ask her to pray for my mom. She told me she herself was a survivor, and then she pulled down her shirt and showed me her boob.

I had a weird day.

A day that needs comfort food.

A day that needs serious comfort food. Meatloaf.

I don’t eat meat, but I got lentils. I’ll deal with that.

I miss you, ring. I want meatloaf now.

The Ultimate Comfort Food (Especially When You Need It): Lentil Loaf (Vegan, Gluten Free, Low Calorie)

Some days you just need meatloaf. I’m having one of those days. I think this would most certainly be a worse day with my newly beloved lentil loaf. Even if you’re having a good day, you should still make this. And if you’re just having an okay day, you should still make this anyway. Get the point? Cool.

Serves 4

Adapted from One Green Planet


2c. water

2/3c. green lentils

2T flax + 4T water

1 medium onion, chopped

1t olive oil

1c. rolled oats (use gluten-free if you so desire)

1c. canned diced tomatoes

1t garlic powder

1t dried parsley

1t dried basil

1/2t salt

1/4t pepper

1/4c.BBQ sauce + 2T ketchup for topping, optional (I omitted)


Boil water. Once boiling, add lentils and let simmer for 20-30 min or until all the liquid is absorbed. Mash them up a bit, and transfer to a mixing bowl.

Mix flaxseed and water and let sit for 15 minutes.

In a skillet, heat olive oil. Add onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mix the onion in with the lentils along the oats. Add flax mixtures, tomatoes, garlic, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper and stir to combine.

Spray an 8X4 in. loaf pan with nonstick spray and spoon in lentil mixtures. Smooth the top and top with ketchup and BBQ sauce if you want.

Bake at 350F for 45 minutes, until firm and golden. Let for about 10 minutes in the pan, and then run a knife around the edge to get it out.

Feel free to drown your sorrows, happiness, or simple okay-ness in this loaf. It’s cool like that.

P.S. I served the loaf alongside potatoes for lazy time restricted people.




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  1. says

    I’m sorry about the ring!! I have definitely had something like that happen to me many times in the past. It’s so frustrating and upsetting in the moment, but you just have to move on unfortunately.
    I’ve always wanted to try lentil loaf!! It sounds delicious. I’ve been obsessed with lentils in the form of soup lately so I’d be all over this.

    • says

      Thank you for the wise advice. It’s tempting to just focus on how much you miss whatever it may be, but at the end of the day, it’s just a material object. I gotta move on. 😉

      I am a lentil lover, too! But I need to change it up. How about I try your soup and you try my loaf? Deal?

  2. says

    So sorry about the ring! As I was reading, I kept thinking, “reach in and grab it! reach in and grab it!” but gosh darn it for automatic flushers…

    In other news, I am loving the idea of this lentil loaf, especially as I just had to convince my father that pasta sauce made with lentils instead of ground beef was even MORE delicious. 😉

    • says

      No one likes automatic flushes anyway. 😉 Your quest to convince non-believers of the power of the lentil over meat is a noble one. If he needs to hear it from another person, just let me know!

  3. says

    Oh no, so sorry you lost your ring. Whatever that lady said (and how random that was!) it’s still a huge loss, especially when you see it just too late like that :-(
    Great recipe, the loaf looks delicious, but hope good things start happening for you instead x

    • says

      Thank you. It seems to stupid; it’s a ring! But thank you for confirming my sanity. 😉

      You are a wonderful person, Eleanor, and I am so glad to have the pleasure of “knowing” you.

  4. says

    Oh no Im so sorry to hear about your ring!! I’ve lost something irreplaceable before and its so hard but you’ll be ok :) Atleast it inspired this delicious looking lentil loaf. x x

  5. says

    I’m so sorry about your ring! I too had something pretty awful happen to me these past couple of days. I was riding my bicycle across the street, saw a car making a turn in front of me, I was about to the sidewalk and then… Yeah. Needless to say, I spent the rest of my day in the hospital nursing an ice pack to the back of my head that grew at least three times bigger in size and a monster headache. But this isn’t about me but I do understand your need for comfort food. I went home and wolfed down all the ice cream in my freezer. It made my headache (slightly) better. Hope you feel better!<3 :)

  6. says

    Oh, you poor thing! Losses like these can be devastating, because it’s not about the material object per se, but about the memories and happiness associated with it. But just think… maybe the ring went through the water system, popped out into the ocean, and fell directly onto a seal’s flipper, and now that seal is the QUEEN OF ALL THE SEALS and everyone loves her. True story.

    Not quite sure how I can fit a boob into that tale, though. I’ll have to work on it.

    P.S. Nom nom! *hugs*

    • says

      Aaw, I love you Hannah. 😉 This may be one of my most favorite comments anyone has ever left on this blog. And that’s saying a lot knowing how much each comment means to me! Thank you.

      We’ll work on the tale together. Thank you for giving my ring a happy ending (at least for me!).

  7. Cassandra timm says

    Hi, I’ve been reading your blog and recipes for a couple weeks and passing it on to other foodies in my life. You are an AMAZING girl! You would get along great with my daughter who is also amazing, if I do say so myself! Haha

    I was wondering if you could tell me what to look for when I go buy lentils for this recipe? I can’t remember, since I’ve seen them but never bought them, how they come in the store. Are they usually dry in a bag or canned?

    Also.. Do you know the calorie amounts for this recipe? I’ll do the math and post it when I make it if you don’t have it figured out already :)


  8. Cavin says

    Could other types of lentils be used, and still get the same outcome for the most part?
    I have an abundance of red and yellow lentils, and I would like to use them before purchasing more!

    Thank you!

  9. Chelle says

    Kelly, I just read your story of losing your ring and your lentil loaf comfort food…I feel your pain. No! Really! I FEEL your pain!! I, too, have flushed a very important ring down a toilet – at a K-Mart in Colorado no less! (I live in Seattle and was visiting family.) Before we were married, my husband had bought me a cheap, not worth anything (but to me) double heart ring. You know…the one where the hearts are attached but face opposite when the ring is on your finger? Well, I called him back home in Seattle and cried soooooo hard that I couldn’t get out the words; couldn’t tell him what I’d done. I cried so hard and for so long he thought someone had died!! (Seriously!) Well, this past January (a month before we got married) he bought me that same ring. Again, cheap and worth nothing but to me. And you know what? It’s not the same! I wear it on occassion but, well…it’s just not the same! What does this have to do with your lentil loaf? Well, his favorite vegetarian “meatloaf” has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase. I’m going to try your lentil loaf and hope that he enjoys. Thank you so much! It’s going to be my small way of returning the love he showed for replacing my ring! :0)

    • Dulcie de Kock says

      Thank you for making this Lentil Loaf, Paige; I’m glad that this food comforts you and your husband’s palettes! Omnivores & herbivores, unite!

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