Christmas Eve is fast approaching and before we know it the festive period will have been and gone again. But what would be the most delicious way to start the wonderful Christmas holiday? Of course, it’s with our tasty Red Lentil Christmas “Meatloaf”. Lentils are one of the most ancient foods consumed by humans, whereas the history of meat alternatives only dates back to the 1970s, in the time of the hippie counterculture. In 1975 the spiritual hippie community in Tennessee (or simply “The Farm”) which was headed by the famous philanthropist Stephen Gaskin, published “The Farm vegetarian cookbook”. It combined their peaceful vision of life with plenty of creative soy-based recipes proposing comprehensive alternatives to eating animal products. Meanwhile, in the same year in Connecticut the book titled “Meat alternatives suggested as relief for budget woes” was published. It was the first time an English pen had used the term “meat alternatives” and comprised of many lentil-based recipes. The book claimed that vegetable protein sources can provide all the necessary amino acids. Lentils are among the best meat replacers, due to them being an excellent source of highly digestible protein and containing a high amount of dietary fibres, which decreases blood sugar and cholesterol. By the way, the other ingredients in our recipe also provide a range of nutritional benefits. The garlic has strong antimicrobial action and is able to reduce high blood pressure. The celery is full of potent antioxidants like flavonoids, vitamin C and phenolic compounds. It also contains unique non-starch polysaccharide called apiuman that has potent anti-inflammatory properties. The olive oil is beneficial for blood pressure too, due to the exceptionally high content of mono-unsaturated fatty acids, but doesn’t contain cholesterol so it’s better suited for everyday use than common cow butter. The happy holidays are coming, so let’s have a peaceful time with our flavourful lentil loaf! Loving a loaf is not just for Christmas.
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