The Ultimate Comfort Food: Lentil Loaf

by Kelly M

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.

What?

Where’s my ring?

In the toilet.

My ring was in the toilet.

Literally.

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

Ingredients

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)

Directions

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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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Living, Learning, Eating December 3, 2011 at 5:10 am

Your lentil loaf looks amazing – thanks for that! They’re usually loaded with cheese, which makes my stomach unhappy, so I’m super psyched to try this out!

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2 Kelly M December 3, 2011 at 8:43 am

Yay! I love it when I find a recipe that suits my needs, too. I hope you like it!

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3 Tara December 3, 2011 at 5:32 am

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.

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4 Kelly M December 3, 2011 at 11:50 pm

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?

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5 Liz December 3, 2011 at 11:17 am

What a sad story. I’m so sorry for your loss, that ring must have been really special. : ( I probably would have cried as well.

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6 Kelly M December 3, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Thanks for your understanding, Liz. ;)

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7 MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College December 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Aside from an absolutely bizarre and awful day (I’m sorry about your ring!) this lentil meatloaf looks wonderful! I have never made a loaf but this may be my first :-)

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8 Kelly M December 3, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Thank you! It really was a bizarre day. This was my first loaf too, and I think it’s good for us loaf newbies. ;)

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9 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen December 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

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. ;)

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10 Kelly M December 3, 2011 at 11:46 pm

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!

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11 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm

so sorry about the ring loss..that is really tough. ugh!!

the loaf looks great but in times of stress, I’d be breaking out the chocolate :)

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12 Kelly M December 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Thanks.

Oh believe me, I had LOTS a chocolate for dessert. ;)

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13 Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse December 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm

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

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14 Kelly M December 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm

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.

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15 Veghotpot December 5, 2011 at 2:07 am

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

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16 Kelly M December 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Thank you for realting to me! Losing a ring seems trivial, but unless I call up/go to Russia, it is irreplaceable.

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17 Sarah @ Feeeding Brain and Body December 6, 2011 at 4:42 am

I’m so sorry to hear about your flushed ring, I can totally understand why you were so disappointed and needed comfort food! This lentil loaf looks perfect, I will have to try it out!

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18 Kelly M December 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

Thank you, Sarah! It’s nice to hear some one understand my (very strange) pain. ;)

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19 Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood December 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

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 :)

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20 Hannah December 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm

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*

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21 Kelly M December 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm

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!).

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22 Hannah December 8, 2011 at 1:56 am

And for the seal! I’m so glad, Kelly :)

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23 cherrychip77 January 18, 2013 at 9:14 pm

you made me laugh! :) You made my day.

LOL. Sorry about your ring though. ;(

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24 Brianna February 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm

So sorry about your ring! Stupid toilet! Hahaha! How many calories are in a serving?

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25 Cassandra timm April 28, 2013 at 4:01 am

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 :)

Cassie

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26 Cavin March 17, 2014 at 7:20 am

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!

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27 Kelly M April 14, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Feel free to use whatever lentils you please! ;)

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