Maaaa the Meatloaf….

Meatloaf

I can’t believe I’m blogging about meatloaf. For the last 20 years I have continuously made disgusted faces and gagging noises when someone mentioned the word meatloaf. For some reason, at a very young age, I had concluded that I hated the dish. Now fast forward to this past November when my mom was staying with us for the first 3 weeks of Charlotte’s life (thank goodness). She had been a huge help for us in the beginning, and every night she prepared us a nice home cooked meal. As you can imagine, 3 weeks is a lot of menu planning, so she was racking her brain with creativity by the end. After countless attempts of suggesting her meatloaf, I finally caved one night and had her give it a go! And just like that, I was hooked. How could something be that easy to make and taste SO delicious. So good, I even decided it should be on our menu for NYE dinner (that means I REALLY liked it).

This recipe is a healthier take on meatloaf, which makes me feel less guilty about eating an entire 1lb loaf to myself on NYE! This time we finally tried swapping out breadcrumbs for oatmeal, and honestly I didn’t even notice!  We used ground turkey instead of beef and/or chuck. Both meat variations taste great! Additionally, I try to skip the ketchup, and just use a little BBQ sauce. Recently I read all of these negative things about ketchup, so I’m trying to be more conscious of my intake. I know BBQ sauce is practically the same ingredients, but figured I can’t cut both out!

For our side, we kept it simple with roasted cauliflower, dressed in olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper. You can throw this in the oven once there is about 40 mins left on the meatloaf to cook. Nick has a dinner out tomorrow, and I’m already thinking about how good these leftovers will taste for dinner again!!

Ingredients: serves 2

  • 1 lb of ground meat (We used lean turkey but you can use any kind. My mom mixes half ground chuck and half ground beef)
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of oatmeal (or bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup of worcestershire sauce
  •  1/3 cup of bbq sauce
  • 1 table spoon of basil
  • 2 table spoon of oregano
  • 1 table spoon of cumin
  • 1 table spoon of red chili flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 table spoons of salt & pepper
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Pre heat oven to 375F.
  2. Finely chop red onion, garlic cloves, red & green pepper
  3. Saute the items above in olive oil until tender
  4. In a large mixing bowl add sauteed items and all other ingredients (egg, oatmeal, bbq sauce, worcestershire sauce, green onions, ground meat, various spices). Make sure when combining the ingredients you are not over working the meat. I usually throw on gloves and just massage it softly together.
  5. Transfer mixture into a baking pan, shaping it into a loaf (or use a meatloaf pan if you have one)
  6. Cook for 1 hour. If you want to add bbq sauce on top for the last 5 minutes to give it a nice glaze you can!

As for my lil miss Char update, we had a great Easter in Toronto this past weekend. Below are a few photos from the trip. Charlotte survived yet another flight, her first international in fact! She got to finally meet her adorable cousin Janine, who is a few months older than her. It’s so funny how at this age babies could care less about other babies. I can’t wait to fast forward 4 years from now, to see how much mischief they get into during the holidays. We put her in a jolly jumper for the first time and it was a huge success. Charlotte also brought back some gorgeous sweaters hand knitted by Halmoni (this is the Korean word for grandma).  I can’t believe she turns 5 months in a few days. Holy smokes time is flying!

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