Being Asian, I don’t make a lot of traditional American foods, but one thing I do really love is meat loaf. It’s a gross concept of a lump of loose meat mix with veggies and baked in its own juices. The big clincher is that it’s topped off with ketchup? That just sounds a little gross yet it somehow tastes so yummy in my tummy.
I don’t really ever make it and a lot of meat loaf isn’t the most healthy for you, but at last, I’ve tried to make a healthy version of this American classic. I used lean turkey ground meat, no eggs for binder and lentils to boost fiber and add bulk, so this is also a very cheap meal that stretches. I also don’t like lentils but know how good they are for me so this is a good way to sneak them in because I barely notice them.
1 lb ground lean turkey
1 cup cooked lentils
2 large carrot diced really small
1 yellow bell pepper diced really small
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup plain bread crumb (next time I will use oatmeal)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1/4 onion diced small
dash of black pepper
mix all ingredients in bowl except the ketchup. Don’t over mix. Place a scoop into muffin tin all the way to the top. Or in a regular baking dish. Squirt some ketchup on top. Bake in 400 degree oven for about 25-20 mins for the muffins and 45-50 mins for the baking dish. Make sure thermometer reaches 165 degrees. You can broil for 3-5 mins to really caramelize the ketchup. Serve with sweet potato mashed potatoes using veggie broth instead of milk and olive oil instead of butter. Simple yet delicious.