perfect meatloaf meal

Meatloaf. It’s so meat & potatoes midwest right? Well, this is not yo mama’s meatloaf. (Anybody watch that show?) This perfect meatloaf meal was inspired by a My Fit Foods meal (more on them soon) and I recreated it at home for a bunch of meals this week. I’m really trying to focus on recipes that are easy, family-friendly and don’t require “weird health foods” – the main purpose of this blog is to share ideas to make life healthier in an easy, approachable way. If you have family-favorites that you’d like a nutrition makeover for, let me know!

Lean turkey is the center of this meal, rounded out with sweet potatoes (and a pat of grass-fed butter) and steamed green beans. This meal is filling, healthy and pretty easy to pull together. The meatloaf takes an hour to bake, and while its in the oven you can bake, boil, or microwave the sweet potatoes and steam the green beans. The recipe makes 8 servings so depending on your appetite, you can freeze half of it for later like I did!

Turkey Meatloaf

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Keywords: bake entree gluten-free high protein low-carb American fall winter

 

Ingredients (8 servings)

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond meal or bread crumbs
  • 2-3 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • salt, pepper, red pepper flakes

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients until mixed well. (hands work well!)

Form into 2 loaf-shapes on pans sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake for 60 minutes, until cooked through.

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Nutrition facts for 1 serving meatloaf:

 

simple & healthy: huevos rancheros

I’ve decided that I need to start making breakfast for dinner more often.

There are a lot of things to love about breakfasts for dinner. In my world, that would mean eggs.

These huevos rancheros are great: flavorful, filling and so budget friendly.

There are many varieties of huevos rancheros, with some more difficult than others, but I decided to go the really easy and simple route. They literally took me 10-15 minutes to pull together. If you want to make your own huevos sauce, Weekly Bite has a great recipe!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Corn tortillas
  • Beans (black or pinto)
  • Eggs
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Toppings: salsa, pico de gallo, huevos sauce, sour cream, fresh cilantro

Steps:

  • Heat up the beans and season as desired
  • Fry the eggs (sunny side up is best, but you could also scramble)
  • Melt the cheddar on the tortilla under the broiler
  • Layer cheesy tortillas with fried egg and salsa and any additional toppings
  • Serve with black beans and vegetable

simple & healthy: ricotta pizza

Martha (Stewart) strikes again.

I don’t have many of her cookbooks, but I’m a regular on her site and appreciate her knack for beautiful recipes using simple ingredients.

Her ricotta pizza combines simple ingredients that come together in minutes – perfect for weeknight dinners or those Friday nights when take-out is calling your name.

If you regularly read my blog, you know I have a little obsession with tortilla crust pizzas, but you can use whatever you prefer! Serve the pizzas with simply dressed greens or roasted vegetables.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Crusts (tortillas, pre-made crusts, french bread, pita)
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Red Onion, sliced thin
  • Mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • Hard cheese like parmesan or romano
  • Greens like arugula, spinach, or kale cut into ribbons

Steps:

  • Prep crust if necessary (I always bake my tortilla first to get it a little crispy and then top)
  • Spread with ricotta cheese
  • Top with mushrooms, onions, arugula and flavorful cheese
  • Bake until cheese is melty and toppings are golden brown

Martha’s Thinnest Crust Pizza with Ricotta & Mushrooms

twenty-five ideas for shredded chicken

I’ve gotten into the habit of cooking a chicken in the crock pot on Sundays. Cooking it in the crockpot is easy (and doesn’t require the oven – it is still hot in Southern California!) and creates delicious, flavorful and really easy shredded chicken.

I’ve been eating buffalo chicken salads, curried chicken salads and plain chicken in my current favorite salad: greens + cucumber + chicken + avocado + hemp seeds + balsamic vinaigrette. There are endless ways to use shredded chicken – here are some of my favorites:

What do you make with shredded chicken?