This was a tasty thrifty way to eat vegetarian this week. I’m often wary of meat replacements because they just never taste that great to me, but we all liked this recipe. It’s super cheap to make, about 3-4 dollars a pan which breaks down into 4 meal sized servings and you can freeze it for later use.

Ground Meat Substitute

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Vegetarian


  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 cups green lentils
  • 1 tsp salt optional I added salt because I used a homemade montreal steak seasoning without salt--cook first and add salt as needed later on in the process
  • 2 TBSP Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 1/2 cup high gluten flour


  • boil the rice, lentils, salt(if using) and seasonings in water to cover by 2 inches
  • bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer
  • cook until the rice and lentils are almost tender, I cooked them about 20-25 minutes
  • remove from heat, pour off any excess water, there wasn't any left in mine
  • add the oatmeal, olive oil and the flour, combine well
  • turn into a baking dish
  • bake for 1 hour at 300˚ stirring every 15 minutes or so
  • cool and use in place of meat in tacos or burritos

I think I finally found a way to enjoy green lentils! This is a delicious non processed, whole foods, meat replacement and I’m happy to add it to my arsenal of vegetarian recipes worth keeping.

I amended my original post to add a note about salt, I used a homemade version of montreal steak seasoning without salt. I added some salt and then added more as needed after baking it for a while.