Monday, June 18, 2012
Meatless Monday! Miniature Lentil Loaves!
Well, the kids are officially with their grandparents/cousins for the next two weeks. This starts the beginning of a crazy two weeks for Tony and I work wise, so the kids are having their vacation time away from our boring time! It's so strange, I love having this time with just Tony, but I also miss the heck out of those silly boys the second we drove away from them. I know this is good for them though. I remember spending time at my grandmother's house with my cousin during the summer and it was always such a blast. You get away with a lot more too!

We had an extremely peaceful Father's Day. We spent the day with Tony's family (always a lot of fun), which included a gluten free fish fry

and gluten free hush puppies!

The funny part about this is that these are the pictures from last year (I did not have a camera with me) and I realized that we made the same thing just under a year ago! Tony's dad is such a great fisherman and he caught a bunch of fish the day we arrived! Huge score for this family! The hush puppy recipe is here

As I stated in my previous post, there have been a lot of repeat eats here lately...

I made meatloaf for the guys the other day and decided that was my chance to try my lentil burgers in loaf form. 

Our meatloaf recipe is Martha Stewart's Classic Meatloaf with the addition of sautéed onions added to the top in the last 30 minutes of cooking. So, I made my lentil burger mixture, added 1/2 cup dried shitake mushrooms to the lentil pot while it boiled, put the "burger" mix in 3 miniature loaf pans, covered them in a mixture of 1/3 cup ketchup mixed with 1 tablespoon brown sugar and some sautéed red onion. I baked the miniature loaves for 1 hour. I LOVED the crispy exterior of these! YUM! The sweetness for the topping really complimented the loaves. 

Best part of meatloaf/lentil loaves...sandwiches! The mini loaves were perfect for sliders...

The guys had mega meatloaf sandwiches on homemade gluten free bread. I was actually sad when the leftovers were gone...

Miniature Lentil Loaves
(makes 3)

1 cup lentils
1/2 cup dried shitake mushrooms
4 cups water
1 1/2 cups quick oats
3/4 cup salsa
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 lentils and mix thoroughly. Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool completely. When ready to make, divide the mixture into 3 miniature loaf pans. Top the uncooked loaves with ketchup mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, add the onions and bake an additional 20-30 minutes.

I'm sharing this on Simply Sugar and Gluten Free's Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 5:00 PM  
  • At June 18, 2012 at 5:10 PM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    Glad you guys had a nice Father's Day. I love lentil loafs... this make me want to try mine as a burger though! :)

  • At June 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM, Anonymous Paige @ Running Around Normal said…

    This looks SO good, Sarena! I guarantee mine wouldn't look like that, but they sound tasty:)

  • At June 18, 2012 at 7:48 PM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    Enjoy the time with Tony. I know you miss the boys, but take advantage of the time together (and I know you will). Love the idea of the mushrooms in the lentil loaf. Duh. Happy Monday my friend!

  • At June 18, 2012 at 8:35 PM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    can i come crash your time with tony? Just for the amazing food of course. He won't mind , right? haha.

  • At June 18, 2012 at 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    gluten. free. hushpuppies! you're teasing me!! sounds delicious! thanks for sharing!

  • At June 19, 2012 at 3:12 AM, Anonymous Kristina said…

    I have such great memories of spending summers with my grandparents - both sets, one here on the Oregon coast and one in Hawaii - and you know your boys are lucky to spend time with them!

    I need to try this, I cannot wait to try this! :) ...and that bread looks so good... I want that whole sandwich!

  • At June 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM, Anonymous Heather said…

    Wow, 2 weeks is a long time! Just enjoy your alone time together and then love on the boys a little more than usual when they're back home (gives you an excuse). :)
    Oh, and hush puppies make me happy.

  • At June 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM, Anonymous Purelytwins said…

    wonderful recipe! it has been awhile since we had lentils, just might have to pick some up

  • At June 19, 2012 at 10:40 PM, Blogger LiveLoveNYC said…

    I'm glad you had a nice Fathers Day! this recipe is great. as a vegetarian, everyday is meatless for me haha. i'll have to try this recipe!

  • At June 20, 2012 at 2:07 AM, Anonymous STUFT Mama said…

    Yay for a great Father's Day Sarena! I bet it's weird being away from the boys. :) Um your recipes never cease to amaze me. YOu are one ambitious girl in the kitchen. :) Lentil loaves- amazing. Enjoy your "boring" time!!! Ha ha.

  • At June 21, 2012 at 1:46 PM, Anonymous Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said…

    First off, I feel the exact same way any time my boys go off to stay with their is kind of that bittersweet sense of knowing that they will be having a blast but that i will still be missing them.
    Your boys will have a ball and now you don't have to feel guilty while you are working and they are feeling bored. LOL
    Now that Lentil Loaf recipe is totally going into my oven this weekend! This is PERFECT!! I have been thinking about something like this! I love the flavors you've combined!!
    Cannot wait to try it now! :D

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