These Vegan Lentil Meatloaf Cups are the perfect main dish for your holiday table! Your family will love this , trust me its so delicious.

I feel like holiday sides are pretty easy to make vegetarian, but the main course can be a little trickier.  Sometimes I’m tempted to go completely untraditional and make pizza.

These Lentil Meatloaf Cups are the perfect main dish for your vegetarian/vegan Thanksgiving or Christmas!  They’re flavorful, filling and go so well with ITALIAN OVEN ROASTED VEGETABLES and VEGAN MASHED POTATOES WITH GARLICKY KALE

A filling and flavorful vegetarian/vegan holiday main dish!


  • 1 1/2 cups brown lentils, dry
  • 3 cups vegetable broth, or water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup small diced carrot
  • 1 cup small diced celery
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs, gluten free if necessary
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup, plus more for the top
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax mixed with 2 1/2 tbsp water, let sit for 2-3 minutes)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray


  1. Place the lentils and broth in a medium saucepan and cover with a lid.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer until lentils are tender and liquid is gone, 20-25 minutes.
  2. While lentils are cooking, heat a large pan over medium heat and add olive oil, diced vegetables, thyme and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Cook vegetables until tender, about 12 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Add the cooked veggies to a food processor and blend until they’re minced, about 1 minutes.  Next, add the lentils and give it a few small pulses.  You want some of the lentils to still be whole.
  4. Add lentils and veggie mixture to a large bowl and then add in the bread crumbs, ketchup, flax egg, parsley, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.  Mix until everything is combined.
  5. Spray a standard size muffin tin with cooking spray.  Use a 1/4 scoop to scoop the mixture into the muffin tin.  You should get 12 of them.  Flatten the top of each meatloaf and squeeze about 1 teaspoon of ketchup on top of each.
  6. Place the meatloaves in the oven and bake until the tops are slightly crispy, about 20-25 minutes.  Let them cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes before removing.



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