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Chef AJ

Chef AJ

Posted April 1, 2010

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What to serve at Easter

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People keep asking me what to serve at Easter that they can eat and their non-vegan friends will like.  My recommendation is this Hearty Lentil Loaf.  You can make it even easier by buying the pre-steamed 19 ounce box of lentils at Trader Joes.  It looks beautiful served on a bed of kale garnished with walnut halves and if there are any leftovers it makes great cold sandwiches the next day.  I like to serve it with a fruit sweetened cranberry relish.  My husbad likes his with ketchup or BBQ sauce, and I have friends who like theirs with gravy or even salsa and guacamole.  How you top it is up to you.  We do not use any sugar, oil or salt in our home (or in our recipes).  Everything is just whole food goodness.  If you can't find sundried tomato powder, just buy regular sundried tomatoes (not the oil packed kind) and grind them in a blender or coffee grinder.  If you try this recipe, be sure and let me know how you like it.  And Happy Easter and Happy Passover.

Love & Kale,

Chef AJ

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Looking forward to watching this video. Unfortunately, the video is not live here - I'll have to try to find it on YouTube.

Thanks for the new idea!

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you can find it here as well:

http://www.eatunprocessed.com/

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This sounds delicious... but I'm confused. Seems like the video blew right through the lentils step! I didn't catch the measurement... since 19 oz packages of pre-steamed lentils are mentioned in the written intro, is 19 ounces of lentils the measurement? And do they need to be steamed first? I have no access to pre-steamed packaged lentils, so if I have to steam regular lentils first, for how long? Will any lentils do? (I'm particular to the red ones myself!) :-)

The videos are great, but written recipes to accompany them on your blog would be very helpful, as would nutritional information. (With two cups + of walnuts in this, I'm wondering if the fat content would be too high for McDougallers).

Thank you!

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you can find it here as well:

http://www.eatunprocessed.com/

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It's 3 cups of cooked lentils and we now write out the recipes as well. They are all from my book UNPROCESSED. http://www.eatunprocessed.com/

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Loved the recipe... It looks yummy... Unfortunately, it seems rather high in fat due to the 2 cups of walnuts... I plugged the nutritional information into my recipe builder and calculated that the calories from fat are 43%... I'm trying to maintain a vegan diet in the 10% range... I'm confused as to how this can be a healthy recipe with such high fat content... Dr. Lederman - Please help!!!

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Can you believe that this comment was just delivered to my inbox TODAY? 2 cups of walnuts in 8 ounces. We served this at Thanksgiving last night and got 16 slices out of it so there was 1/2 an ounce of walnuts in each slice which I believe is acceptable to even Jeff Novick. If you only got 12 slices out of it there would be 3/4 of an ounce per slice and if you took a huge slice, 1/8, that would be an ounce which in his recent lecture he said was acceptable. You can leave the nuts out entirely if you like and substitute raw mushrooms.

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I just watched the video again, and realized it doesn't say how long to cook the lentil loaf!

(And 43% of calories from fat? That's definitely not in line with a McDougall diet, which I thought Dr. Matt advocates. Thanks for posting that info, desertrich. I too hope Dr. Matt leaves a reply about it here!)

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I honestly do not know if Dr. Matt reads this blog so it is best to ask him questions directly at his forum which is at www.drmcdougall.com under Dr. Matt and Dr. Alona. You bake the lentil loaf for 50 minutes.

Love & Kale,
Chef AJ

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Thanks for the baking time, Chef AJ... what about the amount of lentils? And steamed, or unsteamed?

Do you have any suggestions for replacing half the walnuts with something less high in fat?

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Your welcome. I use the pre-steamed lentils from Trader Joes in the 10 ounce box. It has added salt but no oil. I would probably use more oats. I will experiment with this ASAP and tell you the result.
I just got home from the PCRM conference where I heard Drs. Barnard, McDougall and ORnish speak. They were all awesome.

Love & Kale,
Chef AJ

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I would use raw finely chopped mushrooms, uncooked.

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Thanks again, Chef AJ! I appreciate your experimenting to make this lower in fat, and look forward to hearing the results. I hope the additional oats will do the trick!

I live in the middle of nowhere, there's no Trader Joe's in my entire state, or most (any?) of the neighboring ones for that matter. No Whole Foods, either. So, no access to the steamed lentils. I've never had to pre-steam lentils for a recipe before. How long would I need to steam them? I can't tell from the video, but assume you use regular brown lentils. If I use the quicker-cooking red ones, would I need to steam them first?

I've gotten to hear Dr. McD speak at WorldFest LA and at his 10-day live-in program (you should be one of his guest chefs sometime!), and agree he's awesome! Dr. Barnard and Dr. Ornish I've only gotten to see on TV and video, but always enjoy them too. Glad you enjoyed the PCRM conference, bet it was really informative!

Thanks again for your help with this recipe!

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I am so sorry I do not know the answer to how long to steam lentils because I always buy them pre-steamed or canned (salt-free, or course). Just cook them for as long as you normally do. Yes, I use brown for the color but you could use any color lentils if don't mind. Yes, whatever color you use, use them pre-steamed (or cooked). I actually had the privilege of being a guest chef at the McDougall Celebrity Chef Weekend last year. He wore a tux at the Gala on Saturday and looked great!

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LOL... I've never seen canned lentils either (salt or no-salt!) Man, I really live in a culinary wasteland! But no matter, I do know how to cook lentils! Since you get them in a 10-oz box, I'm assuming that's the amount to use in this.... or close to it, at least.

Those Celebrity Chef Weekends sound like such a blast!

And I imagine Dr. McD in a tux cut quite a dashing figure! :-)

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Dr. Barnard looked smashing in a tux too! It's actually a 19 ounce box from TJ's so I think one pound AFTER cooking would be fine. I have seen salt-free canned lentils here but I can't remember the brand, maybe it was Eden? Yes, the CCW was a blast!!!

Love & Kale,
Chef AJ

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