A hearty meal that makes seconds a given, this vegan-friendly lentil loaf is like a classic meatloaf, but without the meat of course!
Here’s why we love it:
- Black beans and mushrooms are a staple in this recipe. Black beans are a great source of fibre, proteins, and key nutrients like folate, iron, magnesium, and B vitamins. Research also shows that black beans may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Black beans also have antioxidant-rich compounds like anthocyanins, the same compound that gives blueberries their blue colour. This antioxidant helps balance blood sugar levels as well as increase the production of digestion-focused enzymes.
- Mushrooms are high in B vitamins, helping to convert food into energy. More specifically, Shiitake mushrooms are also a great source of beta-glucans, a fibre that helps to regulate blood sugar and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Iron Vegan’s Sprouted Protein gives this recipe a boost thanks to 5 organic sprouted grains. The processes of sprouting and fermenting make the grains more digestible and nutrients bioavailable.
- Don’t skimp on beet ketchup! Beets are a great source of folate, manganese and copper and a natural source of nitrates. Nitrates are known to improve endurance and oxygen use.