Meat loaf

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I started with this recipe, but wanted to use fresh green leafy vegetables instead of the dried ones. I also wanted to give it a bit more bite, so I added some fresh green chiles.


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 1/2 ounces pizza tomato sauce (I had this left over, but a similar amount of reduced tinned tomatoes works)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup frozen fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped chiles
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Bring salt and water to boil in a saucepan.
  • Add lentils and simmer covered 25-30 minutes. Lentils are cooked once all water has been absorbed and the lentils have started to split and are soft.
  • Remove from heat.
  • In a bowl partially mash lentils and allow them to cool.
  • Once lentils have cooled, mix in chopped onion, oats, egg, tomato sauce, garlic, basil, parsley, chiles, seasoning salt and pepper.
  • Line a loaf tin with parchment paper.
  • Spoon into the lined loaf tin, ensuring that the top is smoothed flat.
  • Bake at 175C (350F) for 40 minutes or until top of loaf is dry, firm and golden brown.
  • Cool for 10 minutes, and then turn load out onto a serving platter.