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Easy, baked quinoa loaf smothered in sweet ketchup glaze. Fix your sides while the loaf bakes, and supper is ready in about an hour and a half.
I dished up this easy quinoa loaf with some of my Perfect Mashed Potatoes and a super simple kale salad. You can fix the sides while the loaf is in the oven, so supper is on the table in just over an hour.
My kid is super picky right now, and ketchup is the secret to getting him to eat things that he might otherwise say no to. Kale salad? NO! Kale salad with ketchup to dip? YES! I’ll take it.
One of his strange, picky things right now is that he doesn’t like veggie burgers or veggie loaves. That’s a real bummer, because Dave and I love a veggie loaf! To make this loaf appeal to my picky child, I started with my usual lentil loaf recipe and made some changes make it a little bit more kid-friendly. Then I added a sweet, sticky ketchup glaze to seal the deal.
Actually, there’s ketchup in the loaf dough AND in the glaze. This thing is basically ketchup held together with quinoa and lentils. And my kid ATE IT! Success.
For the ketchup glaze, I used French’s Ketchup. It was easy to find at the Kroger near our house, and Darrol was super jazzed to help me shop for it. This kid is so much fun at the grocery store!
So many ketchups at the store get their sweetness from high fructose corn syrup, and I liked that French’s gets its sweetness from real sugar. It tastes better to me than HFCS-heavy ketchups. I also like that it doesn’t contain artificial colors or flavors. Check out their quick video about the French’s promise:
Tomatoes are beautiful and taste great already, so you don’t need all of that processed, artificial stuff in a good ketchup! With a ketchup-obsessed kid like mine, it makes me feel better knowing that I can choose convenience without having to give him something full of ingredients that I’m not crazy about.
I am also into French’s community outreach mission. This year, they’ve committed to donating 10 million meals to Feeding America.