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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.
- 1/2 cup French’s Ketchup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 3/4 cups cooked brown or green lentils (or a 15 oz. can of brown or green lentils
- 1/2 cup minced sweet onion
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup French’s Ketchup
- 2 tablespoons flax meal
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
In a small bowl, whisk together the French’s Ketchup, brown sugar, and sea salt. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350F, and line your loaf pan with parchment paper (NOT wax paper).
In your blender, puree the cashews into a flour. Think the consistency of cornmeal.
Combine the cashew flour with the quinoa, lentils, onion, nutritional yeast, ketchup, flax meal, and soy sauce. Mix well, then spread into your loaf pan, smoothing out the top with your fork or the back of a spoon. Slather the Ketchup Glaze over the top.
Bake for one hour, then let the loaf cool for 15 minutes on the counter before you gently pop it out of the pan with the parchment paper and serve.
You can cook the lentils and quinoa on the stovetop, in the pressure cooker, or even in the rice cooker. Below are some resources for you: Get directions for how to cook quinoa here. To cook the lentils on the stove, combine 2/3 cups lentils with 1 1/3 cups water, and simmer on the stovetop until they're tender, about 20-30 minutes, adding more water, if needed. Drain. To cook the lentils in the pressure cooker, combine 2/3 cups lentils with 1 1/3 cups water, and cook for 6 minutes at high pressure with a natural release. If your lentils are older, they may still be slightly crunchy at this point. If that's the case, cook at pressure for 2 more minutes, do a quick release, and taste again for doneness. Repeat for another 1 minute at pressure, if needed. Drain, if there's excess water.