Cranberry Lentil Loaf. Vegan. Gluten Free.
Yesterday in the midst of my Monday, while scrolling through my Instagram feed, I stumbled upon a picture that stopped me dead in my tracks. The marketing person that I am – this brain identification process is called your reticular activating system. Your attention to drawn to those things you are interested in. Makes sense, right but it’s a little bit more than that. Let’s say you’re looking for a car – you decide on car X and you start to notice car X everywhere. That’s why! I digress, I noticed this lentil loaf recipe from Lindsay Cotter over at Cotter Crunch. I’ve been wanting to make a lentil loaf for ages but have been too busy with other jobs and training… such is life. But her photos just spoke to me. I knew this was my dish I wanted to make for Thanksgiving for the vegan/gf option. Today, was my day to make this and I’m so glad I did!
This recipe reminds me a lot of the seeded loaf recipe I make but more tender and obviously not bread. The texture reminds me of a classic meatloaf but better! The flavors reminded me of an indulgent stuffing recipe. It was heavenly. The recipe can be found here.
The recipe was super easy to make and I’m definitely planning on making it for Thanksgiving. It was perfection! A few modifications that I made – I used 6 cloves of garlic and topped it with pepitas and raw sunflower seeds – also using them in her recipe. Truly a keeper recipe.
Recapping this week thus far…
Sunday: 14 outdoor miles
Monday: 5 treadmill miles, weights/abs/core
Tuesday: 11 treadmill miles (thanks to the rain)
Wednesday: Planned rest day.
I hope you pop over to Cotter Crunch today and check out all of Lindsay’s awesome recipes. She’s one of the sweetest people ever and clearly oh so talented.
— Knead to Cook
so glad you made it! and love the green lentils too! all of it, so yum!
Definitely want to try with black lentils. This loaf was so good. Vegan changing 🙂 oxo
Hi – Am looking forward to making this tomorrow! For the lentils, is it two cups of cooked lentils, or two cups of lentils, cooked? (Do they expand while soaking overnight?) Thanks!
That I learned quickly. Make one cup… you’ll have plenty! I made two cups of dried and still have leftovers. 😉
Thank you! Love your recipes… I make them all the time!
Laurie, Thanks for the comment and that makes me so happy! Happy Monday!!!