Monday, December 2, 2013

The Eat to Live Cookbook: Artichoke Lentil Loaf

Dr. Fuhrman's Artichoke Lentil Loaf was this year's turkey substitute for those "enlightened" individuals at our Thanksgiving table. Considering all of the other delicious dishes that were present at the meal, this loaf may have been a little out of place. It wants to be the star of the show but it had to compete with too many other things. 

Next year I will go with something simpler. But that doesn't mean that I am regretting making the Artichoke Lentil Loaf. We have been enjoying the leftovers tremendously all weekend. I might be particularly weird, but I am especially enjoying it with cranberry sauce on the side.

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Artichoke Lentil Loaf
from The Eat to Live Cookbook by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, p. 204

Did I like it? Yes

Was it easy to make with readily available ingredients? This is one of those recipes that you are going to need to have some time on your hands to prepare.

What specifically did I like about the recipe? This loaf is very flavorful.

What specifically didn't I like about the recipe? The recipe gives options for using fresh artichokes or frozen artichoke hearts. I used frozen. Perhaps my artichokes contained too much moisture, because the resulting loaf was very wet. My husband even remarked on that. All in all, I'd say I prefer a wet loaf to a dry lentil loaf, but it might be interesting to take the rest of the leftovers and toast individual pieces to try to achieve a drier loaf with some crispiness.

Did my husband like it? Yes, he thought it was very good but that the texture needed a little work. See above. He said it was really good with mustard on it, but it bothered him that he felt like he really needed a spoon to eat it.

Did my teenage daughter like it? She wasn't excited about it or anything, but when I told her that she should stop being so picky, she chose it for dinner last night and seemed to enjoy it. Her other choice was a Nutritarian soup.

Did my eight or five year old try it? Can you guess?

Would I make it again? I'm not sure at this point. I need to see what happens when I toast a slice.

Is there anything I would do to improve on it if I made it again? I would bake the mix into muffin trays. That way the resulting little individual loaves would be dryer and have more surface area to crisp up.

Overall Grade (completely unscientific, I admit): A-

Have you made Dr. Fuhrman's Artichoke Lentil Loaf? What were your impressions? Leave a comment below.

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