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Feb 20th, 2014, 04:24 AM  
Poppy
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Healthier way to make meatloaf?

I have been craving meatloaf for a solid week now. I've resisted making it because I'm the only one in my house who likes it, and I could easy eat it by myself if I'm not careful. Are there healthier ways to make it that retain the flavor?
 
Feb 20th, 2014, 10:49 AM  
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Retaining the flavor is the hard part. I like to use venison instead of beef when I want it really low fat and high in iron, otherwise using extremely lean beef steak mince. I make up for the lack of flavor that the fat provides by making it quite spicy, and I cook it in the slow cooker so that it doesn't dry out so much.
 
Feb 22nd, 2014, 01:47 AM  
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i do half beef and half ground turkey using the lean version for both and also i use concentrate tomatoes instead of ketchup as well and mix ton of veggies in it celery carrots etc
 
 
Feb 22nd, 2014, 03:46 AM  
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Aha! I was trying to think of ways that I could keep it from drying out. Turkey sounds like it could definitely help balance the fat content out. Tomatoes and using a slow cooker are also brilliant ideas. I've never tried carrots, but that makes perfect sense. Thanks for the help.
 
Feb 22nd, 2014, 11:00 AM  
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Carrots make it so sweet, it's lovely. They really help to replace the sugars that are lost by ditching the ketchup and using concentrate instead. I grate carrots into something like this, and mix them into the meat mix as I'm making, then they cook in with the meat.
 
Feb 22nd, 2014, 15:27 PM  
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This is the recipe I use to make meatloaf.The tomatoes, garlic, and cumin give it plenty of flavor. I really love it and it is a huge hit in my house. It makes really good leftover meatloaf sandwiches too.
 
Feb 22nd, 2014, 17:17 PM  
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Also it may sound weird but i use tiny bits of dried plums as well that give it sweet as well so i saute onions , celery , carrots .
i wait for it to cool down a little .
them mix beef and turkey together and i add the saut mix ( onions etc ) cuts a hand full of plums in tiny pieces .
Add 1 egg ( you could by pass that if you want ) tons of fresh cut herbs , concentrate tomatoes .
and i put everything into a cake ceramic pan and in the oven until it reach the temp needed
should have pics somewhere to show the result let me see if i can dowload them
 
 
Feb 22nd, 2014, 17:24 PM  
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here at the pics hope it works
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Feb 22nd, 2014, 17:25 PM  
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looks like i had mix some courgettes as well in that one
 
 
Feb 24th, 2014, 02:44 AM  
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These look great. I feel like I've been doing it wrong all this time now! Definitely going to try grated carrots--what a sneaky, delicious way to get more veggies in. Great suggestions across the board.
 
 
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