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Lentil rice vegetable loaf is a delightful vegan recipe for any festive meal, which will serve 8-10 adults. Preparation and cooking time is about 2 hours, with plenty of time to prepare other recipes during the same time period. Leftovers can be stored in the covered baking dish or other covered container in the refrigerator for several days.
Begin by placing 2 pots on the stovetop with 4 cups of water in each, and turn the heat on high to bring the water to a boil. While the water is heating, measure out the lentils and rice, and clean as necessary. When the water boils, add the lentils and rice to their respective pots, cover, lower the heat to simmer, and cook until all the water is absorbed.
While the lentils and rice are cooking, clean and peel the potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and garlic. Cut the veggies into chunks and place in the container of a high speed blender. Cover the container and run the blender at high speed until the veggies are pureed. Pour the veggie puree into a large microwaveable covered dish, add the oregano and hot sauce (or black pepper, if you desire), and cook on high setting for about 10 minutes.
When the puree is cooked, add the tomato paste, molasses, and soy sauce, and mix together.
When the lentils and rice are cooked, add to the puree mixture and mix together. Using a potato masher, mash the mixture until about 1/2 of the lentils are broken. Add the oats and mash and thoroughly mix together.
The lentil rice loaf can be baked in a large baking pan in the oven at 350 degrees F. until the surface firms, or it can be baked on "high" in smaller baking dishes in the microwave oven, as we usually do. (To enlarge the photo of the lentil rice loaf, click on the photo or link)
We also like to save the leftovers without the final baking, and final bake when we want to eat it, or use it in a Lentil Rice Veggie Tortilla Burger We believe that the leftover flavor is better than the flavor of the original serving. With only the two of us, we can cook once and have meals for 4 days.
Serve with a large salad, cranberry relish, and/or a baked sweet potato. Enjoy! Makes a great dish for a vegan Thanksgiving!
The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31): 'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV) Let no animal suffer or die that we may live!