It has been awhile since we made meatloaf, but last Sunday changed all of that. A huge meatloaf was made for the gathering family, and everyone enjoyed this simple, yet classic dish. We know what you are thinking! Fat, Fat, Fat. Well, not really. We followed the advice of those from Real Age and incorporated some of the following hints to make our meatloaf more health friendly.
1. Use extra-lean ground beef (aim for 5% fat). Then, add just enough liquid -- about 1/4 cup of tomato juice, wine, or broth per pound -- to keep your meatloaf rich and juicy.
2. Mix extra-lean meat with ground turkey breast (not fatty dark meat).
3. Use soft breadcrumbs instead of dry ones for a moister loaf.
4. Add 1 part diced onions, diced green peppers, and/or grated potato, zucchini, or carrots to 3 parts ground meat.
5. Use egg substitute in place of whole eggs to keep the cholesterol down.
6. Dont overmix. Too much handling squeezes moisture out, producing a heavy, dry loaf.
7. Bake loaf on a rack set in a roasting pan so the fat drains off. When its done, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving so that the juices can redistribute, which keeps the loaf tender throughout.
Mini Meatloaves with Fresh Thyme From Real Age
For fun (and instant portion control), try baking meatloaf as mini loaves or in large muffin tins, as nutritionist Elizabeth Somer, RD, author of The Food & Mood Cookbook, does with this flavorful thyme-infused meatloaf. It is moist and tender and has about half as much fat and cholesterol as traditional meatloaf.
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup onions, diced
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound extra-lean ground beef (7% or less fat)
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup liquid egg substitute
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In nonstick skillet, warm oil over medium heat. Add onions, red pepper, and garlic; saute for 4 minutes or until onion is transparent. Remove from heat.
3. In large mixing bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Add onion mixture and mix with hands just until ingredients are well combined -- dont overmix.
4. Divide mixture into quarters and form into small, oval loaves. Spray rack of roasting pan with cooking spray. Place loaves on rack in roasting pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes to allow juices to redistribute.
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