Cooked: the Loaf

Unbelievably, while playing "single momma" this week again, I was able to find the time to cook dinner from scratch, take a picture and blog the recipe/preparation for you guys in a, long-time coming, Cooked segment! Yikes, its funny how things come along in life and just flips it (in this case for the best!).

This recipe, I have to credit my mom with. She gifted me this low-carb cookbook for Christmas and this was my first opportunity to try any of the recipes. I decided to try the meatloaf and it turned out amazing...like I probably could have eaten half of the thing but I restrained myself (barely). To go with it, I roasted some carrots and I have to say, I cannot believe that I don't make those more often...super easy and super yummy!

Soooo, here's the recipe, because I just know you want to try it...oh, and ps., I don't even like meatloaf really...so you know it has to be good!

Here's the recipe!

Italian-Style Meat Loaf

1 can (6oz.) no salt-added tomato paste
1/2 cup dry wine (optional) (I didn't use it)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
1/4 tsp. salt
12 oz. lean ground round
12 oz. ground turkey
1 cup fresh whole wheat bread crumbs (2 slices whole wheat bread)
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
1/4 cup egg substitute or 2 egg whites


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine tomato paste, wine (if using it), water, garlic, oregano, basil and salt into small saucepan. Bring to boil; reduce heat low. Simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes. Set aside.

2. Combine beef, turkey, bread crumbs, zucchini, egg substitute and 1/2 cup reserved tomato mixture in a large bowl. Mix well, Shape into a loaf; place into an ungreased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake 45 minutes. Discard drippings. Pour remaining tomato mixture over top of loaf. Bake an additional 15 minutes. Cool and serve!

Roasted Carrots

Carrots (as many as desired) sliced thin length-wise
Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 400F.

place the sliced carrots onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle with olive oil making sure that all sides are coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper coating evenly. Roast in oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove, cool and serve!

Whew! Now I am tired! By the way....WE GOT APPROVED FOR THE HOUSE!!!! Yay! so now all I have to do is box this entire house up and ship us all off!!! The Travelocity Gnome comes to mind.....
Hope you all have a splen-did evening!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting that recipie Elena. I have made numerous meat loafs in my life but they never have been prize winners. I will try this recipe sometime and let you know. Hey, it is awesome that you got your contract on the house approved! I said a prayer for you guys. I am very happy that everything is unfolding nicely for you. Keep posting dear. You have many talents. Love you, Aunt Olga

bird and tree said...

Awesome! I want to know how it turns out! Thanks so much for the prayers!