Lentil Loaf: It Brightens Any Rainy Day!
April 9, 2011 § 36 Comments
When I was little, Lent was just the season before Easter. I wouldn’t give anything up, so it didn’t mean much to me. As I got older I began to give up little things like gum and Nutella, but Lent was still just the season before Easter. Now I give up Nutella, understand the meaning behind Lent, [Thank you Catholic High School!] and use it as an excuse to try out as many vegetarian recipes as possible!
All year I’ve really wanted to make Angela’s Ultimate Lentil Walnut Loaf. I don’t remember what drew me to it in the first place, but I’m pretty sure it had something to do with how different it was. I had never heard of making meatloaf without meat before! But it looked delicious, so I gave it a shot and I’m so glad that I did!
Now, before I get into telling you how delicious the Lentil Loaf was, let me tell you a little story.
Back in January, when Angela first posted the recipe for her Ultimate Lentil Walnut Loaf, I immediately knew I wanted to make it. I pitched the idea to my mom and she said “It better be good or else I’m not eating it!” I told her not to worry so she gave me permission to pick up all the necessary ingredients at the store. Lentils. Walnuts. Carrots. Flax. I was ready for action, or so I thought. As the days went on my homework load got heavier and heavier, Track started, and mom made dinner every night. I forgot about the Lentil Loaf. Days, weeks, and eventually months went by until I finally rediscovered the dusty bag of lentils in the back of my pantry. Again I gathered up the necessary ingredients and waited for the perfect day to finally make my beloved Lentil Loaf.
Yesterday it was a cool 50 degrees and rainy outside. All day I thought Track practice would be cancelled. It wasn’t. So there I was, in my new running shorts, at school doing intervals with my team in the rain. We did a 1.5 mile jog to warm-up, 8 sets of 200 meter sprints, and another 1.5 mile jog to cool-down. It wasn’t a hard workout, but I was dripping wet by the time we were finished. As I was finishing my last lap, the thought of making Lentil Loaf popped into my head.
When I got home I showered, got dressed in my comfiest sweatpants and t-shirt, and decided that it was time to get to work. The entire family was home and meat was off-limits since it was Friday. In other words it was the perfect time to experiment with Lentil Loaf.
I followed Angela’s recipe almost exactly. Almost. I think it’s impossible for me to follow a recipe ingredient-for-ingredient and step-by-step. It must be the chef in me.
As we sat down to dinner and I pulled the Lentil Loaf out of the oven, my dad started to give me a confused look. “But Erika, we can’t have meat on a Friday.” he said. “Dad, there is no meat in this meatloaf…just lentils!” I replied. I could see that he was judging my Lentil Loaf. “C’mon it’s good. Try it!” I told him as he took his first bite. “This actually isn’t too bad. It’s actually pretty darn good.” he announced as everyone else began to dig in. Everyone “Mmmmm-ed” in agreement.