Meatless Monday was initiated in 2003 via the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future and Marketing Pro Sid Lerner. The concept is that one day of meatless meals will help raise awareness of healthy eating as well as establish a routine of healthy eating and as a nice added bonus, it also helps ease the food budget in these tough economic times.
You can read more about Meatless Monday at the initiative’s website www.meatlessmonday.com.
Today’s meatless recipe is for Meatless “Meatloaf”, a favorite comfort food. There are a lot of variations on this recipe, but this is our favorite basic recipe:
1 1/8 cups green lentils
2 1/4 cups water
6 slices white bread, torn into small
1 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 packet dry vegetable soup mix
1/3 cup dried bread crumbs
- Combine lentils and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until tender, about 40 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
3. In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups cooked lentils, bread, eggs, broth, tomato paste, basil, garlic powder, black pepper, parsley, olive oil, and dry soup mix. Spread into prepared pan.
4. Bake for 40 minutes. Sprinkle top with dry bread crumbs, and continue baking another 10 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving
What’s your favorite meatless meal recipe? We’d love to hear from you.