This weekend just flew by! My mom and I had a mother/daughter weekend. I’d been looking forward to this weekend for so long! Our time together definitely lived up to my expectations, and now I’m totally bummed that its over.
With my mom set to arrive on Saturday, I spent my entire evening cleaning my apartment and prepping some food.
First up, meatloaf. I cannot remember which blogger made meatloaf recently, but it totally inspired me to make this dish. (Please speak up if you’re the meatloaf maker!)
I am not usually a big meat eater. In fact, I’ve recently labeled myself as a flexitarian.
Flexitarianism is (according to Wikipedia)
a semi-vegetarian diet focusing on vegetarian food with occasional meat consumption. A self-described flexitarian seeks to decrease meat consumption without eliminating it entirely from his or her diet.”
So despite my tendency to avoid meat, I felt a rare urge to try my hand at meatloaf.
I did a little internet research and found Alton Brown’s recipe. I healthified it a bit, and the result was rather tasty!
Slightly Spicy Meatloaf
(makes 6-8 servings)
- 8 oz. Kashi Heart to Heart Roasted Garlic Whole Grain Crackers (or cracker of your choice)
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1.25 lbs. ground turkey
- 1.25 lbs. 93% fat free organic ground beef
- sprinkle sea salt
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/2 cup organic ketchup
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- Dash worcestershire sauce
- Dash hot pepper sauce
- 1 tsp. agave nectar
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Pulse crackers, black pepper, red pepper, and chili powder in a food processor. Place the mixture in a large bowl.
- Pulse onion, carrot, garlic, and red bell pepper in the food processor.
Stop when veggies are roughly chopped. (Mine were too soupy. My Ninja is a bit efficient.)
- Use the large bowl and combine the cracker mixture, veggie mixture, ground turkey, and ground beef.
- Add the egg and oatmeal. Sprinkle sea salt. Combine the mixtures, carefully avoiding to squeeze the meat.
- Place the mixture into a 10-inch loaf pan.
- Bake loaf for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine ketchup, cumin, worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, and agave.
- After the loaf has baked 10 minutes, spread ketchup mixture on top of the loaf.
- Bake for about 1 hour and 50 minutes, but check on meatloaf frequently. (*Note: the original recipe states to bake the loaf for 45 minutes. This will not be enough time!)
- Enjoy your hard work!
This was delicious! I thought it had more of a kick than a traditional meatloaf. I tend to be a fan of the spice.
I woke up early enough to attend both Group Power and Group Centergy at my gym. I can really feel it today.
Am I the only person who gets sore from stretching? My goodness, hip openers always make my groin sore the next day!
My mom arrived around noon, and I greeted her with some Mary’s Crackers and mung bean hummus, which I forgot to take pictures of. After snacking, we set out for a mini road trip to a local organic farm.
My mom and I stopped to admire the livestock.
I think this guy was sick. He was quarantined from his brothers and sisters.
I love cows! And all animals really, which is one of many reasons why I am working on decreasing my meat consumption. [Says the hypocrite who just made meatloaf.]
We also chatted with the goats.
“Baaaaaaaaaa.” This buddy was a talker. How sweet!
Look at the babies!
I was really excited to check out some local produce. But the selection was quite small.
After leaving Live Oaks Farm My mom and I were really craving some fresh produce. So we drove out into the boonies to pick up a gallon of freshly picked Strawberries!
Look at these beauts! Not quite as big as the strawberries I scored at work, but satisfying nonetheless!
Today my mom and I rounded out a great weekend by baking some strawberry muffins!
We used Jessica’s Very Berry Whole Wheat Muffin recipe as our guide. Instead of whole wheat flour, we used whole wheat pasty flour. We also subbed extra strawberries for blueberries, and added an extra cup of milk in order to produce the following delectable treat.
I’m a muffin lover, and these might be the best I’ve ever had. They are almost as tasty as my favorite Apricot-Coconut Bran Muffins!
Question: How often do you buy organic produce?
I buy organic whenever the upgrade is affordable, which is a rare occurrence. I probably only buy organic about 10% of the time.