Vegan Brunch Delight – Lentil Loaf Sandwich (It’s Really Good!)

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This Lentil Loaf Sandwich is a delicious, hearty sandwich, great for lunch or brunch. It comes from the vegan site, cuteanddelicious.com. The recipe’s creator is Alix, the owner of this website. She lives in Los Angeles and loves to ride bikes with her new husband, Shawn. Here’s what she has to say about lentil loaves and lentil loaf sandwiches.

“As soon as the weather cools I find myself drawn to the kitchen to make wholesome foods. With all the wonderful fall flavors to experiment with, I generally find myself making sweet desserts: pumpkin loaves and apple pies. This year though, I’ve been fantasizing about savory fare like potato topped, vegetable pies and seitan with gravy.

This weekend was full of projects and hard work which left little time for fun in the kitchen, let alone trips to the grocery store. Instead I cooked up 2 lentil loaves using the dregs of our pantry and leftovers in the fridge. While that might sound unappetizing, that is the simple beauty of a lentil loaf. You can throw nearly anything in there and it can still turn out delicious.

While I often include some veggies in our lentil loaves, this one is pure faux-meaty goodness. It’s moist and a little bit chewy, with a tiny bit of spicy here and there. We had it with some almond gravy, but it would be wonderful with some simple brown gravy as well (in fact, it doesn’t even need the gravy, but I like gravy and will eat it at any opportunity I get).”

Vegan Lentil Loaf

Ingredients:
 2 cups cooked lentils
 1/4 cup olive oil
 3 Tbsp soy sauce
 1/4 cup ketchup, plus more for topping
 1/4 cup bbq sauce
 1 cup breadcrumbs
 1 small onion, chopped
 2 garlic cloves, minced
 1 tsp dried parsley
 1 tsp dried sage
 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
 1 cup vital wheat gluten
 1/4 cup vegetable broth

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 375°
Heat a bit of oil in a small pan and saute the onions and garlic until soft and fragrant.

Mix all ingredients, minus the wheat gluten and veggie broth in a bowl. I like to use potato masher to smoosh (yes, that’s a technical term) some of the lentils. Mix together until you have a consistent mush.

Add in the vital wheat gluten and vegetable broth and knead together until it becomes slightly elastic. Press the dough into a greased loaf pan. Brush the top with ketchup to cover it. Bake for 45 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

This can be eaten as an entre or cut up for sandwiches for brunch or lunch.

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