Saturday, April 17, 2010

Healthy Meatloaf Now and Later

I'm a big fan of ground turkey or chicken. It's a less expensive low fat option for ground meat as well as much lower in cholesterol. I will agree with many, however, that ground turkey does lack the depth of flavor of a thick juicy steak burger. I've been experimenting through the years and have come up with this healthy meatloaf recipe that doesn't skimp on flavor and always receives rave reviews. Since I buy my meat in bulk I've found it best to make two meatloaves at once. I just slice and freeze the second one for a later date. I omit the glaze for the meatloaf that is to be frozen and wait to add the it before reheating.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40-50 minutes
Cost: Approx. $10.00
Yields: 2 meatloaves serving 8 each

2.5 pounds ground turkey ($7.00)
2 pounds low fat sausage ($2.00)
3 eggs ($.25)
1 cup oats
4 carrots grated
1 garlic clove grated
1 onion grated ($.25)
2 stalks celery grated
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
dash of Worcestershire sauce

Mix together turkey, sausage and eggs. In a food processor grate oats, carrots, garlic, onion and celery. Add this mixture along with spices to meat. Incorporate well using hands. Place meatloaf mixture in two loaf pans. Brush that top with the ketchup glaze. Bake uncovered at 350 for 40-50 minutes. Let meatloaf rest in the pan for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Ketchup glaze

1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup agave nectar or 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp dry mustard