A vegan loaf with the earthy flavour of mushrooms and lentils with a fresh Mediterranean flair
1/2 cup dried mushrooms
2 1/2 cups red lentils
5 cups water
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup Nature’s Path Heritage Flakes or Heritage O's
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup parsley, minced, plus a few whole leaves for garnish
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (oil-packed), finely chopped
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
1. If mushrooms pieces are large, snip or break into tiny bits. If mushrooms feel sandy, rinse them.
2. Combine mushrooms, lentils, water, salt, and thyme in a large, heavy saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer until almost tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in Heritage® O's. Add a little water if mixture seems dry. Cover and continue cooking until lentils are soft and Heritage O's have softened, about 5 minutes more.
3. While lentils are cooking, heat oil in a large skillet. Add onions and cook over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
4. Stir in garlic and cook another minute. Stir in vinegar and cook just until it evaporates, about 20 seconds. Stir onion mixture, parsley, and 3 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes into lentils. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let cool for 15 minutes.
5. Line bottom and sides of standard loaf pan with a one large piece of plastic wrap. Arrange a few whole parsley leaves and remaining sun-dried tomatoes decoratively on bottom. Pour in lentil mixture and smooth off top. Cool to room temperature. Cover and chill until firm, about 1 hour, or up to 5 days. (Flavour improves over time.)
6. To serve: Turn out onto a plate and gently peel off plastic wrap. Cut into 8 to 10 slices.
This recipe was created by Lorna Sass for Nature’s Path.