Do you ever hear how in the “good ‘ol days” people grew up eating meatloaf, mashed potatoes, hamburgers, and steaks. Well, first off, I never grew up eating these food groups on a daily basis (never actually had meatloaf until last summer when I decided to try it) and secondly, that sounds like a perfect combination for a heart attack and very short life. Sure, I eat meat once in awhile, but have grown to love other forms of protein. Beef is okay once in awhile, but when I’m really craving a burger, I like to use ground turkey meat. There can be the occasional hiccup using turkey meat, where the end result comes out a little drier than a cow patty in the dessert (wonderful imagery, I know), but I’ve found ways around this – mix in an egg, egg whites, and/or Worcestershire sauce. There are a few recipes for black bean and sweet potato patties that I have seen via Pinterest, but like many of the other recipes I have “pinned,” I really haven’t gotten around to making them (yet).
This recipe was from a health/fitness magazine that I was reading one day at the gym. I’m sure it was either Fitness or Health, but honestly can’t remember. I have a habit of reading my magazines on the elliptical and ripping out the pages I find with attractive outfits, clutch workouts (ones I plan or hope to do), and delicious looking recipes.
A quick look at the ingredients
1 lb ground turkey meat
2 oz (relative…about 1/4 cup or handful) feta
3/4 cup chopped baby spinach
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup whole-grain breadcrumbs (I used half breadcrumbs & half panko)
1 chopped garlic clove
pinch of spices (pepper, garlic salt, Lawry’s Mediterranean Herb, Chili powder)
Form into a loaf and bake at 350F for about 40 minutes. Make sure to test it when it comes out, just to make sure the meat is cooked all the way through. The recipe recommends using a thermometer and to make sure the meat is at 160F. Yeah, I just did a little poking and prodding to check. What was strange was that as the loaf cooked, the heat seemed to squeeze all the fat out and it all settled on the top. It was simple enough to scrape it off before eating, but a tad bit disgusting.
This didn’t seem to photograph as well as the one in the magazine, but then again I didn’t really have a separate food photographer to play around with lights or the meatloaf. First world problems, I know. Point is, it may not look extremely appetizing, but tasted delicious.
I do admit I have a sauce addiction 😉 I sent a picture of the plain meatloaf right out of the oven to my sister. Her response was, “where is the BBQ sauce?” You got me…I can’t help myself. Although, I do have to say, I’ve eaten the leftovers on their own as well as thrown into my hodgepodge summer salads (say…figs, avocado, greens, romaine, tomatoes, quinoa, meatloaf?) and I don’t even miss the BBQ sauce. It takes awhile to get rid of such a habit.
“A bad habit never disappears miraculously; it’s an undo-it-yourself project.”
– Abigail Van Buren