I am involved with a man who eats gluten-free, no dairy, and no red meat. He tends to stick with chicken breast, brown rice, and mixed vegetables for his meals. I decided that last night I was going to surprise him with a meatloaf (one of my very favorite meals). All he had to do was provide me with 1.5 lbs of ground turkey.
Turkey & Rice Meatloaf
- 1.5lbs of lean ground turkey
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 beaten egg
- 1/2 diced onion
- 2 diced celery stalks
- 1 shredded carrot
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
What I did:
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Dice the onion & celery and shred the carrot. Saute them in a little olive oil until the onion is translucent. Try to maintain your cool even though you were spotted wearing sunglasses while chopping the onion. Dodge all comparisons to Corey Hart.
- Beat the egg in a large bowl.
- Add everything else to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Pat firmly into a loaf pan.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until the top is lightly browned.
- Use 1/2 cup diced celery and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder if you don’t have onion around.
- Use ground chicken instead of turkey
- Use any kind of cooked rice.
- Add about 1 teaspoon of diced fresh herbs for different flavors.
The meatloaf was served with steamed purple broccoli and a new batch of vegetable mash.
- 1 head of broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces
- sea salt
What I did:
- I don’t have a steaming basket, but I do have a metal colander. I set the colander into a large, heavy-bottomed pot and filled the pot with about 2 inches of water. If you have a steaming basket, set that up appropriately.
- Chop the broccoli and put it in the colander/basket.
- Cover and cook on medium heat for 30 minutes, med/high heat for 15. The broccoli was still too crunchy after 30 minutes, so I turned up the heat after making sure there was still sufficient water in the pot. Be careful to not scorch your pot by running out of water!
- Serve with a light dash of sea salt. That’s really all it needs!
The veggie mash up was almost exactly the same as last time, but I only used one rutabaga and three potatoes last night. I also don’t think I cooked it QUITE long enough as there were a few hard bits in the mash. Maybe soft boil for 25 minutes? I’ll let you know next time!
P.S. the meatloaf was so good we ended up eating the last 1/3 of it for breakfast. Cold.