Today I’ve got another new and fun recipe to share: Ginger BBQ Glazed Apple Lentil Loaf. Yum!
This vegan loaf is full of deliciously hearty ingredients like lentils, mushrooms, oats and more. And it incorporates the spices thyme and rosemary to enhance the wonderful savory flavor!
And the glaze…Omg the glaze. This is the star of the show! Ginger, BBQ, balsamic and applesauce. Sweet, spicy, tangy heaven!
Ginger BBQ Glazed Apple Lentil Loaf (vegan)
Makes one bread pan loaf
Inspired by Oh She Glows
1 cup uncooked green lentils
3 tbsp ground flax seeds and 1/2 cup of water
1 tsp olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 sweet yellow onion, finely chopped
1 cup of cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
1 cup of grated carrot
1 pink lady apple, finely chopped
1/3 cup of raisins
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup of old fashioned oats
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp rosemary
a dash of sea salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup of BBQ sauce
1 tbsp ginger preserves/jam
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
To make this dish start by preparing the lentils. Combine the lentils with 3 cups of water in a medium sized sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once at a boil reduce heat and simmer for about 40 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and lentils are very tender. Stir frequently.
In a small bowl whisk together the ground flax seed and water and let sit for about 10 minutes to thicken.
While the lentils are cooking, preheat your oven to 325 degrees, and heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a skillet and sauté the garlic and onion for about five minutes over medium heat.
Next, add to the skillet the mushrooms, carrots, apples and raisins and sauté for another five minutes. Remove from heat.
Once the lentils are done, combine all the ingredients (the lentils, the veggies from the skillet, the flax seed mix, and the rest of the dry ingredients into a large bowl). Mix well.
To make the glaze, simply whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
Then, grease a loaf pan and press the lentil loaf mixture firmly into the pan. Pour half of the glaze over the loaf, and reserve the rest for dipping!
Bake for about 40 minutes and enjoy!