Vegetarian Lentil 'Meat' Loaf

Vegetarian Lentil 'Meat' Loaf


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Brown rice, lentils, breadcrumbs, onions and tomatoes are combined with eggs and herbs and then baked. Vegemite makes a great beef stock substitute. Sprinkle with extra grated cheese and bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes for a cheesy top. Meat for the veggos!


Serves: 6 

  • 150g green lentils
  • 50g wheatgerm
  • 175g dried breadcrumbs
  • 75g brown rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 100g tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons of hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons vegemite
  • 50g grated cheddar cheese or more if desired

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour45min  ›  Ready in:2hours 

  1. Preheat oven to 160 C.
  2. Cook lentils and brown rice according to packet directions.
  3. In a large bowl mash the cooked lentils and add wheatgerm, breadcrumbs, brown rice, eggs, onion, thyme, the tomato paste and tomato sauce, vegemite and cheese. Pour into 23x12cm loaf tin.
  4. Bake covered for 1 hour.

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Reviews (8)


Altered ingredient amounts. WOW!!! If I hadn't made it myself I would have had to ask the cook if they were sure there wasn't any meat in it. This recipe is much better than "real" meatloaf. I added 1/2 c. of Italian stewed tomatoes and juice from a can instead of 1/3 c. and I put tomato sauce on the top for the last 1/2 hour of baking time. Other than that, I wouldn't (and won't) change a thing. It's also very good as cold leftover sandwiches! - 29 Sep 2008


Can anything be substituted for egg for a vegan person? Thanks - 02 Dec 2008


Something else. This was REALLY good, moist and tasty. I used fresh breadcrumbs instead of dried (4 slices wholemeal bread), green lentils instead of brown, left out the wheatgerm, added 2 cloves of crushed garlic, 1 grated carrot and 2 sticks chopped celery. Also I topped it with BBQ sauce before cooking, and cooked for 1 1/2 hours. My husband loved it too. - 29 Sep 2008

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