I've been making some mushy foods so my mouth feels better but it kind of goes away and comes back, so it fools me! Grr...
Unfortunately, protein is chewy!! Sandwiches, steak, chicken....not happening. So I came up with a meatloaf!
This post is going to consist almost entirely of this meatloaf recipe. Personal stuff next time. I've cooked up a bunch of stuff that doesn't need explaining tonight!
But come on...healthy meatloaf?! Yes!! My kitchen has been Americanized.
1.3lbs lean turkey (785 cals)
1/2 cup bread crumbs (~230 cals)
2 servings egg whites (50 cals)
1/4 cup salsa (~50 cals)
(I like black bean and corn)
2 tbsp ketchup (50 cals)
+another 1 tbsp ketchup (25 cal)
+ 1 tbsp BBQ sauce (30 cal)
Total: ~1260 cals or so
I bolded all the things that were healthier than a traditional recipe. Most recipes are made from beef, use a whole cup of bread crumbs, call for 2 full eggs and instead of salsa use all BBQ and/or ketchup.
Those things have a LOT of sugar folks. That's why they taste so good! =)
Salsa, not so much on the sugar, really low on the calories......actually higher on flavor!
Ok, on to the good stuff...
1. Chop the onion very finely (what a pain!) then brown it in a non-stick pan with Pam (3 min?)
2. Mix all ingredients together. Add some salt, some pepper. Remember to reserve the last bit of ketchup and BBQ sauce.
4. Combine ketchup and BBQ in a small dish and brush (use pastry brush, paper towel, back of spoon?)
5. Bake at 375-400 until the internal temperature is about 170.
Now, I have a thermometer, but if you don't bake for about an hour. I wound up cutting into it after an hour, finding it a bit juicy and put it back for another 10 minute stint.
What comes out are 12 slices (uneven) of total moist goodness.
Boyfriend (who by the way ate the vast majority of this thing) felt it "needed" something but was satisfied with some ketchup on the side. I disagreed, I felt it was great just the way it was.
So the big slices are probably about 160 cals each and the little slices at the end are about 100 or even 90. This is REALLY hearty and it doesn't fall apart (thanks egg whites!)
It's not even that hard to slice!
Dinner was a bit of the usual His and Hers. I sauteed up some green beans that were freezer burned so they weren't overly tasty.
My plate had the two slices of meatloaf and a side of green beans.
His plate below had three slices and more green beans. Of note, Boyfriend consumed another slice of the meatloaf shortly after he cleared his plate. I guess all it was missing was another piece!
Then Boyfriend had 2 out of the remaining 4 slices with some sauteed peppers and onions (came all prepped in a bag from TJs!).
Then he took the remaining 2 slices. I had to scavenge other mushy proteins after my 6 mile run.
This was a really yummy bowl of 1 can tuna + 2 handfuls broccolli slaw (would have been just as good with arugula/spinach) + some chopped carrots + chopped hot yellow peppers (jalapenos work too).
The dressing is a cilantro garlic dressing from TJs. Actually it reminds me a lot of my summer sauce. Yum!
What you see in the wine glass is actually unfiltered sake. It's my favorite sake beverage and though it definitely looks quite gross, it tastes creamy and sweet.
Sorry for the somewhat boring post but it's 11:30 and I still have to get my laundry out of the dryer downstairs.
Of note: today I left work early and got to work out and be home by ~7pm. I accomplished all sorts of householdy stuff like tidying, prepping laundry, making a cauliflower mash (so good and satisfying, see next post), washing ALL dishes, making falafels and a pumpkin bread and actually doing laundry. Not to mention blog posting and procrastinating!
Hopefully I'll be in bed by midnight and feel nice and accomplished. =)