I was feeling ambitious last week, and had quite the abundance of wild rice and green lentils to use after meal prep on Sunday night. So I came up with this amazing Wild Rice Lentil Loaf. Like I’ve said before: Clean eating does not mean bland eating and it certainly does not have to mean eating the same exact thing each day.
I had the lentil loaf with spicy mustard and ketchup before the gym on Saturday. I forget how good comfort food can be – I get so attached to my daily salad that I rarely venture off for my lunches. So glad I did though.
Lentil Loaf Spotlight
Lentils are a superfood in my diet. I was purely vegetarian for almost 10 years and lentils were a staple I relied on heavily for my protein. Besides being packed with protein, they are high in fiber and iron! One cup of lentils has one-half the daily recommendation of iron!
Pumpkin Lentil Loaf
- 1 cup cooked wild rice
- 1/2 cup cooked green lentils
- 1 onion
- 2 ribs of celery chopped
- 2 carrots chopped
- 1 Granny Smith apple peeled and chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 container Cremini mushrooms sliced
- 1/4 cup pumpkin purée
- 4 egg whites
- 1 pea protein
- 1 tsp salt
- 6 sage leaves chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- In a large skillet, sautéed onion and celery for 5 minutes until softened.
- Add 1/8 tsp salt and few grounds of fresh pepper and stir.
- Push to mixture to the side and add the slices mushrooms to cook until browned and softened.
- Once browned, mix in the celery and onions and add the garlic, apples, carrots and sage leaves.
- Cook an additional 5-7 minutes over medium heat until carrots are slightly softened.
- Transfer to a large bowl and add lentils and wild rice. Add the pumpkin, cumin, smoked paprika, and mustard and remaining salt and pepper. Stir until incorporated. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust accordingly before adding egg whites and protein powder.
- Once you are satisfied with the seasoning, add egg whites and pea protein.
- Combine well making sure the egg is fully incorporated throughout (it's important for the structure of the loaf).
- Pour into a loaf pan that has been lined with parchment paper and bake at 375'for 50 minutes or until firm to the touch.
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