Friday, February 24, 2012

Gluten Free Friday: Vegan & Gluten Free Lentil Loaf

Full Disclosure: I am a true newbie to the Gluten-Free world. I am not g-free at all and don't ever plan to be. However, I am finding more and more people are. So whether you are doing it as part of the new "diet" trend, or you or a family member actually has a gluten intolerance, I decided to jump on the gluten free bandwagon for YOU!

I will scour the internet looking for the BEST of the BEST G-Free recipes, try them myself and share them with you... starting with this one!

Vegan and Gluten-Free Lentil Loaf by Tasty Yummies
(all pictures are courtesy of Tasty Yummies)

I have made "meat" loaf using lentils before, but this recipe is a winner! Beth, the loaf creator, found that pureeing the cooked lentils into a smooth and thick paste helped keep the loaf together. That, plus the flax-"egg", gluten free oats and almond flour all come together to create a beautiful consistency.

I love this quote from her blog regarding this recipe: "I honestly was so excited about finally conquering this lentil loaf that I found myself dancing around the kitchen while taking the photos. I love when that happens. As awful as it feels when you fail at a recipe, and you find yourself so bummed out, there is absolutely NOTHING like that feeling of accomplishment when you figure it out and master it. I live for that feeling!"

The flavors are hearty, "meaty" and very satisfying. Serve with roasted or baked potatoes and a big green salad.

Optional: Make this easy spicy BBQ sauce from scratch and avoid buying expensive organic BBQ sauces filled with high fructose corn syrup.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and take some time to check out some of Beth's other recipes and posts on Tasty Yummies, too!

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