This recipe works just like ground meat! Use it in meat loaf, meat balls, burgers, sauces and more! Its base is lentils, plus veggies and steel cut oats to make this recipe super filling, hearty and easy to work with. It is relatively labor intensive, but it makes a large batch that you can split into three and pop in the freezer for later use. Check out my veggie burgers and spaghetti and meatball recipes for ideas on how to use this one!
First, cook the lentils as according to package directions. It is very important not to under cook them. Been there done that, and it just plain doesn’t work.
Meanwhile, chop up all your veggies nice and small. You could put them in the food processor, but I don’t like doing dishes so Id rather chop away.
Then, pop em in the oven on a sheet pan with salt and pepper at 350 for about 20 minutes. This makes them soft and releases some of their moisture so they don’t break apart when you form the ‘meat’ into balls, loaves or whatever you’re doing with it. While you are waiting for those, grind the steel cut oats in a food processor or a blender until they are fine, kind of like a mealy flour consistency.
Put the cooked lentils and veggies into a large bowl and mash with a potato masher. When its good and mixed, stir in your steel cut oats and black beans. Divide into three batches. I usually season one according to whatever recipe I am making and pop the other two in the freezer for later, but if you’re cooking for a crowd, this recipe will certainly have you covered!!
This meat substitute is made with beans and lentils, so its protein packed, hearty, and versatile! Freeze in batches for a quick, make ahead weeknight meal.
- 1 bag lentils
- 2 carrots
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- seasoning, to taste
- Step 1 1. Cook lentils according to package instructions, and preheat the oven to 350
- Step 2 2. Chop the carrots, onion, celery and bell pepper. Season with salt and pepper, then bake for 20 minutes.
- Step 3 3. Meanwhile, grind the steel cut oats in a food processor or blender until it reaches a mealy consistency.
- Step 4 3. In a large bowl, mash together the lentils and cooked veggies until very well combined.
- Step 5 4. Stir in the ground oats and black beans. Season now, or separate in three batches and freeze, this way you can flavor each batch differently depending on what you’re making. I like to use this recipe for meatballs, meat loaves and burgers!