Holiday Mushroom Lentil Loaf with Cranberries

November 13, 2020

This recipe is a holiday adaptation of a meatloaf. I previewed it today to find out if we wish to serve it during our Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone in our family loved it. My son had seconds. I will defenitely be serving it at Thanksgiving dinner in place of the traditional store bought Tofurke!

PREP TIME: 25 mins


TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 25 mins

COURSE: Entree

CUISINE: vegan

SERVINGS: 8 thick slices

CALORIES: 289 kcal

AUTHOR: Melanie McDonald, from


  • ▢ 1 small onion , chopped finely
  • ▢ 2 cloves garlic ,chopped finely
  • ▢ 198g / 1 cup cooked red lentils , weighed after cooking
  • ▢ 198g / 1 cup cooked green lentils , I like to use French green lentils but any will work (weighed after cooking)
  • ▢ 226g / 3 cups finely chopped mushrooms
  • ▢ 62g / ½ cup walnut pieces
  • ▢ 8 tablespoons / ½ cupground flax seed , it must be ground not whole
  • ▢ 45g / ½ cup flour , all purpose (plain flour in the UK), oat, rice, spelt or wholewheat
  • ▢ 75g / 1 very packed cupbreadcrumbs (use gluten-free breadcrumbs if necessary). You can use store bought breadcrumbs, or let some bread go stale at home and either put it in a food processor or blender to turn it into crumbs. Leftover crumbs can be put in a bag or container in the freeer and used straight from frozen for other recipes.
  • ▢ 70g / ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ▢ ½ large apple , grated (no need to peel)
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon salt
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ▢ 1 tablespoon tamari , or soy sauce, or coconut aminos

For the cranberry topping

  • ▢ 200g / 2 cup cranberries , fresh or frozen
  • ▢ 4 tablespoons sugar , not brown sugar or coconut sugar


Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
Cook the cranberries in a saucepan.
Grease loaf pan, and line with parchment paper.
Spoon in the cranberries.
Pack in the the lentil loaf mixture.
Pack it in all the way to the top of the loaf pan.
Once loaf is done baking, leave it to rest for 15 to 30 minutes before flipping it.
Serve the loaf!
  • ▢ Preheat oven to 375°F
  • ▢ Add all of the ingredients (except the fresh/frozen cranberries and sugar) to a very large bowl and stir really well until combined. I find it easier to use clean hands to scrunch it all together and mix it.
  • ▢ Put the cranberries and the sugar in a small pan over a medium heat and just cook until the sugar is mostly dissolved and some juice is appearing in the bottom of the pan. It only takes 5 – 6 minutes. Then remove from the heat.
  • ▢ Grease a 1lb or similar loaf pan (about 8.5 inch x 4.5 inch or 9inch x 5inch) and line it with a strip of baking parchment going along the middle. (See my picture above). Leave some paper overhanging as it will make turning it out easier.
  • ▢ Spoon in the cranberries (you don’t have to wait for them to cool down but be careful as the sugary liquid will be very hot) and even them out a bit with a spoon.
  • ▢ Pack the lentil loaf mixture on the top. Really push it down all over and make sure it is even on the top.
  • Place the loaf pan on a baking tray (just in case the cranberry liquid spills over) and bake for 1hr – 1 hr 10 minutes. It should be golden and crusty looking on the top and coming away from the edges. There will probably be a little jammy red liquid oozing over the edge too.
  • ▢ Once done, leave to rest in the pan for 15-30 minutes (it will stay warm for up to an hour if you wrap it in some tin foil) before turning out and slicing. To turn it out, put a plate or board on top of it then flip it over so the plate/board ends up on the bottom. It will slide out really easily but if you do have any trouble you can give a little tug on the parchment paper to ease it out. Once it’s out, gently peel back the parchment paper to reveal the pretty cranberry top.


Tips for cooking lentils: 

  • Don’t soak them prior to cooking.
  • Rinse in a sieve with fresh water to remove any dust or debris.
  • Cook on a stovetop, using 3 cups of liquid (water, stock) to 1 cup of dry lentils. Be sure to use a large enough saucepan as the lentils will double or triple in size.
  • Bring to a boil, cover tightly, reduce heat to low and simmer until they are tender.
  • For whole lentils, cook time is usually about 15-20 minutes.
  • For split red lentils, cook time is typically only about 5 minutes.
  • Spoon a couple out and taste them to check done-ness periodically and as soon as they are ready, drain and leave to cool.

• Any leftover cooked lentils will keep for 5-6 days in a sealed container in the fridge and they also freeze really well.

• If you want to make the Lentil Loaf ahead of time, follow the instructions up to packing it into the pan, then wrap it well and refrigerate for up to 3 days. It will need an extra 10 – 15 minutes in the oven to compensate for it starting off very cold.

• If you cook the loaf then for some reason don’t get around to eating it, it will keep in the fridge for up to one week and can be reheated in the pan in the oven. It will take about 30 minutes (or until piping hot) on 375°F.

• Lentil Loaf leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week. Wrap in tin foil and oven bake to reheat, or pan fry individual slices. When pan-fried it develops the most gorgeous crust and it’s so good!


Serving: 1serving


Carbohydrate: 45g

Protein: 12gFat: 8g

Sodium: 370mg

Fiber: 11g

Sugar: 12g

Vitamin A: 100IU

Vitamin C: 8.3mg

Calcium 60mg

Iron: 3.4mg

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