Last week Derek and I went to Needham for a vegan dinner! This is the second time we’ve gone, though there have been more, and we were quite excited for this one. I absolutely love lentil loafs. That’s a weird thing to love, I know, but I just can’t help myself- I’m a carbaholic (:
The host of the evening, Trinity, is a faaaantastic cook! She made this recipe, though usually vegetarian (with eggs and dairy cheese), completely vegan for Brianna and I… the only vegans there. That’s the great thing about these vegan dinners: they aren’t just for vegan people! It’s great to show people how vegans eat and how delicious the food can be even without dairy or meat. And judging by all the responses this nights meal got, vegan eating definitely got a few more fans!
Vegan Lentil Loaf
1 cup uncooked lentils
1 cup rice
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
3 cups vegetable stock
2 vegan eggs (Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer)
1 8 ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
6 fresh basil leaves, shredded
1/2 cup vegan parmesan cheese (Galaxy Foods vegan parmesan)
1 10 ounce package vegan mozzarella cheese (Follow Your Heart brand mozzarella)
Place the lentils in a sauce pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil (on high), then simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain and transfer to a large sauce pot with the rice, carrots, celery, and onion. Cover with vegetable stock until mixture is just about covered (about 3 cups). Stir well then bring to a boil over high, reduce to low, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes.
After simmering for 30 minutes, transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl, which should include some liquid that did not cook out. Mix in the spinach, basil, parmesan, mozzarella, and vegan egg substitute. Mix well.
Prepare two square, glass baking dishes by spraying with cooking spray. Spread the mixture evenly between the two dishes.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven, or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and let sit at least 5 to 10 minutes. Slice, serve, and enjoy (: