Looking for ideas for a tasty and crowd-pleasing vegetarian or vegan main course for holiday entertaining? Consider making our Celebration Lentil Loaf. This nourishing plant-based loaf features lentils and bulgur for texture and heartiness. Mushrooms and onions make a flavorful base and apple cider gives a subtle boost of tangy sweetness. Bell pepper and parsley contribute color and fresh flavor.
All that wholesome goodness in a single loaf and it’s easy to make, too! You’ll need a food processor for chopping the cooked veggies and a loaf pan for baking the loaf. This recipe has three basic steps:
- Cook the lentils and bulgur. Bulgur cooks much more quickly than lentils, so these are cooked separately to control the cooking of both.
- Cook mushrooms and onions with seasoning, then transfer this mixture to a food processor to finely chop it (or chop by hand if you don’t have a food processor).
- Combine the chopped cooked vegetables with cooked lentils and bulgur, oats, bell pepper and fresh parsley. Pack the mixture into a loaf pan and bake until the edges start to brown. Serve with Vegan Mushroom Gravy—you can make your own or use a prepared option— if you like.
You’ll find the complete recipe, including specific measurements, on the Celebration Lentil Loaf recipe page. Got leftover lentil loaf? Lucky you! Try leftovers in a sandwich or a wrap, or crumble a slice over wilted greens or a salad.
What are some of your favorite vegan and vegetarian main dishes for entertaining?