Really Good Vegetarian Meatloaf (Really!)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3⁄4 cup grated cheddar cheese or 3⁄4 cup swiss cheese, cheese or 3⁄4 cup monterey jack cheese or 3⁄4 cup American cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 1⁄2 ounces spaghetti sauce or 4 1⁄2 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

1 _ Add salt to water and boil in a saucepan.

2 _ Add lentils and simmer covered 25-30 minutes, until lentils are soft and most of water is evaporated.

3 _ Remove from fire.

4 _ Drain and partially mash lentils.

5 _ Scrape into mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly.

6 _ Stir in onion, oats and cheese until mixed.

7 _ Add egg, tomato sauce, garlic, basil, parsley, seasoning salt and pepper.
Mix well.

8 _ Spoon into loaf pan that has been generously sprayed with Pam (non-stick cooking spray) or well-greased.

9 _ Smooth top with back of spoon.

10 _ Bake at 350 degrees for 30- 45 minutes until top of loaf is dry, firm and golden brown.

11 _ Cool in pan on rack for about 10 minutes.

12 _ Run a sharp knife around edges of pan then turn out loaf onto serving platter.

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