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Lentil loaf

Tastes great, freezes really well, use as a popular vegetarian burger in a bun.

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1 cup dry green lentils
2.25 cups water
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 leek, finely chopped
½ bunch shallots, finely chopped
1 tbsp failsafe oil eg canola
1 carrot, grated
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
¾ cup rolled oats
2/3 cup plain flour OR 1 cup tapioca flour if GF
2 tsp guar gum
½ -1 tsp salt to taste
1 tbsp carob sauce with 2 tsp brown sugar to glaze (optional)

Boil lentils with water for 40 mins, covered, then set aside without draining. If you use a large saucepan you can do all the mixing in it later. Preheat oven to 170˚C. Stir fry garlic, leek, shallots with oil until translucent, add carrot and celery and continue until cooked. Remove ¼ of lentils and add to stir fried vegetables. Blend remaining lentils, with a top blender for instance. Add vegetables to blended lentils, mix and add dry ingredients. Mix well. Pat down into a greased bread tin, glaze to stop drying out during baking. Bake 45 mins. Allow to cool thoroughly before slicing. Makes about 12 serves and is best served with a sauce like That Cheese Sauce. Spray a pan with oil and fry slices  to make popular lentil burgers.