Giada’s Veggie “Meat” Loaf

So I apologize that I have been a little MIA lately – it’s been crazy with work and just life. I also had the wonderful opportunity to go the MetroCooking DC festival in DC a few weekends ago and got to meet our idol, the epitome of what i want to be come – GIADA!!!!

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It was literally as amazing as you could imagine. I was able to attend a presentation as well as do a meet and greet where she signed a copy of her healthy eating cookbook – how perfect!!

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So, in order to remember my amazing time seeing and meeting all the vendors, i decided to right away start cooking on some of the favorite recipes in her cookbook. I decided to make a veggie meat loaf and here’s what you’ll need!:

2 cups of brown rice
1 15 oz. can of lentils
8 oz. spinach
2 beefsteak tomatoes
scallions
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1 clove of garlic
1/2 cup of corn
3 eggs
1 green bell pepper
1 onion
1 zucchini (i used this as as substitue for elery
basil

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First, you need to make your sauce. Use your cherry tomatoes, garlic, onion, basil and scallions and blend in the food process to make a chunky tomato sauce.

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Then, start cooking down your bell pepper, zucchinni, and onion as well. Then, start cooking down your spinach in the same pan and mix with 2/3 of the tomato sauce and let rest while you cook your rice.

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Start cooking your rice and then combine with the onion mixture, adding the lentils, cheese, corn and the egg to bind together the mixture.

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Spread evenly in your casserole dish, top with the tomato slices, top with cheese, then bake!

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Cut into slices, serve, and enjoy!

Overall, this had a really comfort food feeling to it. It was delicious, hearty, and overall very satisfying. it was a great dish because it didn’t try to replace the meat, but held up to a traditional meat loaf. It was even good a few days later as well! I typically don’t like large tomato slices such as the toppings, but it added a nice little bit of juice and absorbed the salt so it gave it a really nice flavor and texture. Great dish – would definitely make again!

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