I made these amazing lentil loaf muffins for dinner last night and we wanted to lick the plate clean! Don’t worry mom we didn’t lick our plates – but that’s how you know you have a winning recipe. Since they are baked in a muffin pan you have built in portion control and you don’t have to worry about slicing a loaf and hoping it stays together. This is by far the best tasting lentil loaf we have tried!
You most likely have everything in your kitchen right now to make these. Super easy to make with simple ingredients like lentils, oats, onion, tomato sauce,flax seeds, a few seasonings, BBQ sauce and ketchup.
Although this isn’t the most attractive photo I wanted you to see how full the muffin tins were. If you let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then slide a plastic knife around the edge they pop right out and stay together. The first time I made this recipe I baked it in a loaf pan. I didn’t cook the onions before adding them to the loaf mixture and the loaf turned out super soft and felt apart when I tried to remove it from the pan. Even so the flavor was amazing so I knew I would try it again. The notes I made were to cook the onions first – drain off any extra water from the lentils and bake it in a muffin tin. Ta – dah – success!
I think these would be very kid friendly and a perfect entree choice for those just starting to eat some meatless meals. This is also one of those recipes that would be good to take to a pot luck as these would be enjoyed by everyone – yes even meat eaters! Next time I will double the recipe so we have extras to freeze.
This was my dinner plate – yes it was taken after I had a couple bites of my lentil loaf muffin! Sorry about that. Garlic mashed potatoes with a vegan gravy, oven roasted butternut squash with apples and pecans and fresh green beans. Hubby Tom ate two of the lentil loaf muffins and he said his mouth wanted a third one but he didn’t give into it! A real comfort meal on a very cold night.
You can use any kind of BBQ sauce you like – we happen to enjoy this one. It’s a little sweet with a little heat. No high fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients. It does contain sugar, salt and molasses but it’s only 45 calories for 2 tablespoons. The recipe uses only 4 tablespoons and that is spread across 10 servings.
BBQ Lentil Loaf Muffins
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup greenish/brown lentils* – I used the ones from Trader Joe’s they are little and I like how they cook
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds mixed with 1/4 cup water (I like the mild flavor of Bob’s Red Mill golden flaxseed meal)
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 cup quick oats – if you only have old fashioned oats – give them a spin in the food processor to break them up a bit
- 1 cup tomato sauce – no salt added I used Pomi
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon Benson’s Table Tasty Salt Substitute or other no salt seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup BBQ Sauce – I like Trader Joe’s
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the ground flaxseeds with 1/4 cup water and set aside. The ground flax seeds will absorb the water and become gelatinous and they act as a binder for the loaf.
Rinse and drain the lentils. In a medium size sauce pan bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add the lentils, turn the heat down and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until the lentils are soft and the water is absorbed. The cooking time will vary depending on what type of lentil you use so check them at the 25 minute mark and keep an eye on them. Drain off any remaining liquid.
While the lentils are cooking – add a tablespoon of water or vegetable broth to a skillet along with the diced onion, saute for about 5 minutes, add minced garlic and saute another minute or two adding more water or broth if needed to keep the mixture from sticking to the pan. Turn off the heat, add the flax mixture, tomato sauce, seasonings, oats and lentils. Mix well – taste it and adjust seasonings if needed. Remember that a lot of the flavor is coming from the topping.
Prepare a non stick muffin pan by spraying it liberally with non stick spray or use a silicone muffin pan. Fill ten of the muffin cups with lentil loaf mixture – pressing it down gently in the cup so it will stick together.
Mix together the BBQ sauce and ketchup and spread it evenly over the top of each lentil muffin.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes to cool slightly. Use a plastic or bamboo knife and gently slide it around the edges of each lentil muffin to loosen them from the pan.
* If you want to use precooked lentils like the ones from the refrigeration section at Trader Joe’s you will need about 2 1/4 cups.
Tami’s Notes: Next time add 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard to the loaf mixture, double the recipe for extras to freeze.
Yield: 10 lentil loaf loaf muffins
Serving Size: 1 lentil muffin
Per Serving; 132.7 Calories, 1.1 g Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 81.1 mg Sodium, 24.5 gCarbohydrates, 7.6 g Fiber 6.6 g Protein
Recipe adapted from a Lentil Loaf from In Sonnets Kitchen
I had intended to have more posts up this week but things kept getting in my way. First my wireless computer mouse started having fits and it wouldn’t let me highlight anything and it would double click everything I would click on. That created quite a few challenges. New batteries didn’t seem to make any difference. Hubby Tom let me borrow one his wireless mouses but guess what I am still having issues so it’s either operator error or my computer is acting up!
On top of that my email host shut down my email claiming I was a spammer! They just merged with another company and the new company doesn’t allow anyone to send out over 297 emails a day! My blog email subscribers is way beyond that number so they shut down my email, nothing could go out and I couldn’t receive any emails. I couldn’t post any new posts until I got that situation taken care of which required my son to do his behind the scenes magic. He of course is busy with college classes and working so he had to squeeze it in when he could.
This post will be a test to see if all things are working properly! If you are reading this I guess it all worked.
I was out shopping earlier this week and the parking lots were full, stores were crowed, the check out lines were long and I thought, this really isn’t what I want to be doing! After years and years of setting very high expectations for myself to make sure my family has a wonderful holiday season I have decided to relieve myself of that stress. This new way of thinking really got a jump start last year. It was a year ago this week that I had my foot surgery and I was laid up all during the holidays. What ever I managed to get done before December is all that gone done for the holidays. You know what? We survived and had a nice holiday without the perfect Christmas tree and every room decorated, and with out a ton of wrapped gifts under the tree. We had an easier holiday meal and no one seemed to mind. We were together and that was really all that we needed or wanted.
This holiday season I have decided to continue with that minimalist approach and my mantra is; Do less and Enjoy More!
For me that means:
- Putting out just a few Christmas decorations so I have less to put away after Christmas.(I used to decorate my entire house)
- Less shopping for the perfect gift and giving cash and gift cards instead.
- I am skipping all the Christmas cards and the Christmas letter I always sweat over getting done. So many of our friends and relatives no longer send cards – people seem to connect on Facebook instead. I might opt for cards every other year.
- Since we don’t eat many sweets anymore I don’t have to bake the things I used to. Saves time and calories!
- Declining party invitations that we really don’t want to attend – there are always business invites this time of year when we really don’t have the extra time for that and we have decided it’s okay to say no thank you!
This frees me up to have the time to do the things I want to do – exercise, enjoy healthy meals, watch Christmas Specials, listen to music, go to movies and spend time with my family all without guilt!
Miz Fit Online did a great post on this subject this week titled What Can You Gift Yourself - pop over there and read it for inspiration!
Have a great weekend everyone.
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What about you?
Do the holidays frazzle you or do you enjoy the frenzy and all the prep?