I posted that picture of my lunch the other day on our Instagram account. Not following us on IG? You can check out our account and follow us here. My son was sent home sick from school and he wanted to snuggle on the couch. I was thankful that I had a healthy meal ready to go for myself. Thank you, meal prep! A friend of mine asked what I had on the right of my plate. It is my meat loaf and I am pretty sure I have shared it on here but I am going to post the recipe again. It is really good and a great way to pack in some veggies to a recipe.
- 1 – 1 1/2 lbs of ground meat (I use either ground turkey or in this case, ground chicken)
- 2/3 cups almond meal (for all of you paleo lovers!)
- variety of grated veggies
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup chili sauce (I am quite confident I use more than 1/4 cup. I just eye ball it until I like the color.)
- 1 tsp salt (Optional. If you use the chili sauce, you do not really need the salt in my opinion. I do not add it.)
Mix all of the ingredients together and bake at 350 degrees. If you use a traditional loaf pan, you probably need to cook for an hour. Make sure the internal temperature of the loaf reaches 160 degrees. Here, I used a muffin pan for my meat loaf. I then added two muffin cups in each meal box for my meal prep. Tip: if you are in a time crunch, make your meat loaf in muffin tins! I think I baked the meat loaf for 15-18 minutes. Again, check the temperature of your meat before taking it out of the oven. Be sure to spray the muffin tins before adding meat to them. I use coconut oil cooking spray that I purchased at Trader Joe’s.
A few side notes:
- The original recipe I have adapted calls for 1 1/2 lbs of meat. I often use 1 lb of meat. If you just use 1 lb, you only need 1 egg.
- I have no measurements for the veggies. Use what you have in the refrigerator already. I like onions, carrot, zucchini, yellow squash, and cauliflower. I grate the veggies into the mixture- the more, the better in my opinion. If you are adding cauliflower, rice it by pulsing it in your food processor. If you have picky eaters, finely grate the veggies so they do not notice them as much. In the picture below, you get the idea of how much I added to this recipe. Since I was using it for meal prep and not sharing my with kids, I added more veggies and only loosely grated them.
- Almond meal: I found that using almond meal in place of traditional bread crumbs makes the meat loaf taste so good! I did not have enough almond meal and had no bread crumbs in the house. I put some quick oats in my food processor and blended them finely until I had a flour like texture. So this recipe had a mixture of almond meal and oat flour in place of bread crumbs. It turned out great!
Do you have a good meat loaf recipe that provides healthy alternatives to the traditional recipe? I would love to see them! If you blog, please leave a link to your post in the comments! Caring is sharing! Let me know if you try my recipe, too! I would love to hear if you enjoyed it!