One reason people shy away from eating healthy is that they fear that many of their favorite foods will be forever off-limits. In reality, you can often make those recipes healthier, rather than banishing them altogether. Witness this monster meatloaf recipe. By using extra-lean ground beef and eggs, the protein quotient is high without adding a bunch of saturated fat.
- 1 12-oz package chopped onions and peppers, thawed (or 1 to 1-1/2 cups fresh)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp minced garlic (or paste)
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 tsp tomato paste (no salt added)
- 3 lbs extra-lean ground turkey, lean ground beef or chicken breast. (or a mixture of some or all)
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup reduced-sugar ketchup (no high-fructose corn syrup)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prep a 9-by-13 dish with non-stick spray.
- In a large sauté pan, cook the onions and peppers with salt, pepper and thyme until onions are translucent (about 5 minutes).
- Next, add garlic, soy sauce, chicken broth and tomato paste, mixing until heated through. Set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, eggs, oats and sautéed mixture (cooled). Mix by hand until all incorporated and press flat into the 9-by-13 prepared dish.
- Spread ketchup in an even layer on top of the prepared turkey and place in the oven to bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes.