In a sauce pan saute an onion in olive oil, salt, and peppercorns until nicely caramelized.
Add mushrooms, fresh thyme, and continue to cook for 5-10 minutes, or until mushrooms are nice and tender and brown.
Add 3 cups of broth and bring to a light boil for 15 minutes.
While this boils, add a few table spoons of flour to water and whisk out all the clumps, add this to the boiled down broth.
Stir constantly and let boil for a few minutes and put it down to a low heat.
Taste and add any additional seasoning you prefer.
5. Lentil Loaf
1 cup dry green lentils
2 cups water
1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
3-5 mushrooms, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup corn, peas, and carrot frozen mix
1/2 cup coarse cornmeal
Rinse lentils and add them with 2 cups water with a dash of salt and bring to a boil.
Once these are boiling, lower the heat and continue to cook for 30-35 minutes, or until the water is all gone.
In a frying fan, cook the onions and mushrooms with some garlic until they are well caramelized.
Take the cooked lentils and add 3/4 of it to a mixing bowl, start mashing these by hand or with a hand immersion blender.
To the lentil mixture, add onion and mushroom mixture, mixed veggies, garlic, ketchup, Sriracha, and cornmeal, and combine until you are left with a thick mixture.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×5 metal loaf pan with parchment paper hanging slightly over the sides for easy removal later. Make sure to spray the sides that the paper doesn’t touch, so it doesn’t stick. (At this point you can taste the mixture and see if you want to add any additional spices)
Using a spring loaded loaf pan coated with cooking spray, pour the mixture into the pan. Once it’s settled in the pan, I like to put a little extra ketchup and Sriracha sauce on top and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the loaf is firmed up.
Let the loaf sit before removing it from the pan for at least 15 minutes, to let it firm up and stop any unwanted breaks.
*These recipes can be adapted to accommodate food allergies or sensitivities simply by omitting certain ingredients.