Just kidding about that meatloaf. But seriously, meatloaf. I used to HATE eating meatloaf as a kid because eating meat in a loaf shape never sounded appealing. To be honest, it still doesn't. For some reason last night though, I made a "meat"loaf. It's actually a chickpea and lentil loaf, but you get the point.
Chickpea and Lentil Loaf
1 cup lentils, cooked (1/2 cup dry)
1 cup chickpeas
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
1 tbsp chopped fennel (I used dry)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp BBQ sauce
1/4 cup bread crumbs, any flavor
salt and pepper to taste
Combine 1 cup lentils 1 cup chickpeas, fennel, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a food processor until combined. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Add chopped onions, mushrooms, and breadcrumbs to the bowl. Mix until combined. Transfer to a loaf pan and top with BBQ sauce. Cook in a 350* oven for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
I served mine with a side of oven-roasted parmesan asparagus. This loaf should serve 4-6 people, depending on how large the slices are. I'm surprised that it was not crumbly and it was actually pretty tasty. Foods in a loaf won't become an everyday thing for me, but I would definitely make this again!
What foods just don't sound appealing to you, but you like them anyway?