Cranberry Lentil Loaf w/ Cranberry BBQ Glaze

(You may notice a different look around here! It’s almost complete, just a few finishing touches :)! )

These past few years have been crazy, to say the least.

Grad school, residency, busy jobs, 7 day work weeks…Our little family has a hard time spending that valuable time that we need to grow and love.

(And apparently no time to teach Boo that little girls shouldn’t hold their skirts up…)

So on Monday nights every week, we try and do Family Night. A time where we eat dinner together, play together, become closer, read scriptures, pray together and be a family.

Tonight being that night, I tried hard to get everything ready so we could spend that ‘sweet family’ time together to create those ‘magical memories’…

Let me sum up those magical memories we had tonight for ya in a few words:

“Baby crying, princess demanding, computer dropped on my foot, chocolate milk all over the floor, ice on foot, more princess demands, spit up down my shirt, swollen foot, husband stuck in traffic, biggest temper tantrum EVER….”

And a prayer that started with, “Help Me…”

My only saving grace was the most amazing meatless meat loaf that I made for dinner tonight…

Followed by more princess demands of wanting pancakes…

“Help me…”

Cranberry Lentil Loaf w/ Cranberry BBQ Glaze


3 TB. ground flax seed + 1/2 c. water

2 tb. coconut oil

1/2 sweet onion diced

3 cloves chopped garlic

1/2 orange bell pepper diced

2 large carrots shredded finely

1/2 c. dried cranberries

2 cups cooked brown lentils

2 pieces whole wheat bread put in processor and turned into bread crumbs

1/4 c. spelt flour

1 TB. dried Thyme

1 TB. dried Oregano

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. celery seeds (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

(For the Glaze)

1 c. fresh cranberries

1/4 c. maple syrup

1/2 c. ketchup

1 tsp. molasses

2 TB. balsamic vinegar


1. Preheat oven to 350. First make the glaze. In a saucepan, heat glaze ingredients on medium-low heat. Cook until it begins to bubble and cranberries begin to soften and fall apart, about 5-7 minutes. Mash cranberries with fork or puree in blender and set aside.

2. Next whisk flax plus water and set aside. Heat 2 TB. coconut oil in saucepan. Add onions, garlic, and bell pepper and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in carrots and dried cranberries and cook an additional 5 or so minutes. Next add in lentils and turn off heat. Mash lentils into mixture with a potato masher, spoon, or fork. Leave some lentils whole. Add in flax mixture, bread crumbs, flour, and seasonings. Adjust to taste likings.

3. Coat a loaf pan with a little melted coconut oil. Press lentil mixture firmly into pan, then top with glaze. Leave a little glaze for dipping later on. (I used 3 mini loaf pans.) Bake for about 45-55 minutes. (I did close to 50 minutes.)

4.This next step is important. Let the loaf rest a little before digging in. It will give it time to cook all the way through, that way it won’t fall apart when you go to take it out of the pan. (about 10 minutes.) If you don’t care if it falls apart then dig in! 🙂

You must know that by the time my husband got home and asked what we were having for dinner I told him most likely he wouldn’t want it, so I’d gladly make him a bowl of cereal.(So lovingly of me.) To my surprise he told me he wanted to try it…

After he ate it he called me in the kitchen and said, “Surprisingly, this was really amazing and tasty and your the best most beautiful wife ever, here’s 200 dollars to go shopping!!!”

Ok, only part of that statement is true…And believe me, I wasn’t handed $200.

Instead he gave me a bag of ice and some anti-inflamitory medicine.

Happy Family Night. I’m going to bed. 🙂

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  1. I absolutely adore the new look! That lentil loaf looks delish as well 🙂 I’ve never actually made a lentil loaf, but it’s always been on my to-make list…so maybe I’ll start now!

  2. MM that looks delish! Sorry, family nights never seem like what they should be 🙁 at least you were all together in the same house! Hopefully next Monday will be more calming 🙂

    • haha I love that you said we were all in the same house, because that’s probably more important than anything! 🙂 THanks for the sweet reminder :)!

  3. I love, LOVE your new design! That BBQ Cranberry Sauce looks so delish!

  4. Great new look. I have been contemplating redoing my site to make it cleaner and more streamlined. May have to try this look.

    BTW, I love this recipe…I don’t know if my family would try it either but I might have to sneak it in on them.
    Hope your foot is better.

    • The girl that helped me did an awesome job, and I’ll highlight her next week!
      And thanks! My husband is super sweet in trying my silly recipes haha 🙂

  5. This looks amazing! I’ve made sloppy joes with lentils, but the thought never crossed my mind to try meatloaf. Definitely trying this soon!

  6. love the new look girl!!

    and this recipe sounds wonderful

  7. Love the new look! I absolutely love lentil loafs, so I must try this one!

  8. Love the new blog design! Sorry about your foot and the long sounding day! Hopefully today is a little better 🙂

  9. Absolutely love your blog. I love the sense of humour. Even though my fiance and I don’t have kids yet, I can relate to you a lot. Plus, I love your recipes 🙂

    Blog design is looking great too.

    Thanks for an always entertaining read!

  10. I like the updated blog, looks great! And Boo is such a hoot, she seems so hilarious!

  11. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance says:

    You are such a good mom! Hope the foot is feeling better by now.

    The lentil loaf looks amazing! I made a bbq lentil loaf about 2 weeks ago, so delicious!

    Loving the changes to the site!


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