I think it’s safe to say that life is busy for most of us. As a full time working mom, I am constantly trying to come up with ways to make getting a home cooked meal on the table fast. It’s kind of funny how when I was working part time as a personal trainer, I would always encourage my clients to prep meals for the week to stay on their healthy meal plans and now I have to actually walk the walk myself (instead of just talk the talk) in order to continue to put healthy meals on the table on a nightly basis for my own family.
Sweet Glazed Rosemary Onion Lentil Loaf is one of our family’s all time favorite meals. Nothing says comfort food like a hearty warm meal during these coolers days, too. This meal comes together in about an hour when prepped the night before. Prepping this the day before also allows the chia seeds to soak up the moisture, as well as, allows all the flavors and ingredients to bind together giving this a nice “meaty” texture.
Don’t let the ingredient list scare you. This really is a simple recipe. To complete the meal, serve the lentil loaf with a side of buttery mashed potatoes (cut potatoes the night before, place them in water and put them in the fridge for easy prep the next night) and fresh green beans. Your family will have happy, healthy bellies.
Sweet Glazed Rosemary Onion Lentil Loaves
(makes 3 miniature loaves)
- 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Brown Lentils
- 1/2 cup dried Shitake Mushrooms
- 4 cups Water
- 1-1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Quick Rolled Oats or Gluten Free Quick Rolled Oats
- 3/4 cup Salsa
- 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Chia Seeds
- 2 Tbsp fresh chopped Rosemary
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 1/3 cup Ketchup
- 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup sautéed Red Onion
Place the lentils and mushrooms in 4 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until done. Poor off excess water. Allow to slightly cool. Next add oats through pepper to the lentil mushroom mixture and mix thoroughly until well combined. Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool completely.* When ready to make, divide the mixture into 3 miniature loaf pans. Combine the ketchup and brown sugar. Top the uncooked loaves with ketchup mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, add the onions to the top of the loaves and bake an additional 20-30 minutes.
*At this point, you can choose to cook the loaves when the mixture has cooled or save them for a night when you need a meal to throw in the oven.
Sarena Shasteen has been an avid health food and fitness enthusiast from an early age. She holds a degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Atlanta, a certification in Fitness Nutrition and is a certified Fitness Trainer from International Sport Science Association (ISSA). Becoming a Personal Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition has been a lifelong goal of hers. Sarena enjoys helping others reach their health goals by teaching them that health and fitness are not only achieved in the gym, but also through fun everyday activities. Now a food writer, recipe developer, personal chef, Personal Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, she enjoys sharing with others that healthy living can be fun and delicious. Keep up with her at The Non Dairy Queen and on Facebook and Twitter.