Monday, August 18, 2014

recipe... yummy meatloaf

I was never much of a meatloaf lover as a child... then my mom found a recipe that changed my mind.  It was the best meatloaf I had ever tasted and I married a man who loved it as well.  Then we started eating in a simpler way and that recipe had to say goodbye.  
Andrew missed having meatloaf (as did my parents and siblings when they changed what foods they ate).  My mom came up with this delicious recipe and since then I have played around with measurements and different spices to get the *perfect* meatloaf for my hubby and me (I like it better than my original favorite).  If you're looking for a simple way of eating but don't want to give up the comfort foods, this recipe might be one to try!  The only "uncommon" ingredient is Ezekiel bread, which can be found at Meijer (in the freezer section under "vegetarian").  If you, like me, don't live near a Meijer, check a local grocery store, farmer's market, or organic food store (I have found it in 3-4 different stores near where I live!).  It is the only bread I regularly eat and I love it!

Yummy Meatloaf:

1 lb. ground beef
1 egg
1/2 cup salsa
1 slice Ezekiel bread
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
optional pinch of garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, and rosemary for garnish
Coconut (or olive) oil

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease cooking dish with either coconut or olive oil.  This step isn't absolutely nessecary, but it makes cleaning the dish SO much easier later!
Place raw ground beef, egg, salsa, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder into a mixing bowl.  Toast slice of Ezekiel bread and then crumble it into the bowl as well.  Mix well (I use my hands!). 
Place mixture in cooking dish and form into a "loaf".  Garnish with extra garlic powder and onion powder, then also a little bit of parlsey and rosemary.
Place in oven for 50-60 minutes (cooking time will slightly change depending on how thick you make your loaf).




Hannah Barta said...

Yum! Looks great. I've been wanting to try Ezekiel bread but haven't found it in one of the two grocery stores within 15 minutes of me. Need to look in the other one! :)

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Livia Rachelle said...

Yum. Is there something special about Ezekial bread or could I substitute homemade bread?

Rachel J said...

Livia Rachelle~ Ezekiel bread is made with sprouted grain, so it digests differently in the body than other bread... it doesn't have the sugar that other breads (white, wheat, or even whole grain) have. It actually follows a Biblical recipe from the book of Ezekiel (hence the name); just a fun fact! ;-) Overall, it is a super-healthy bread. Quick example: my hubby's multi-grain bread has (per slice) only 1 gram less of sugar than it does protein and fiber. Ezekiel bread has the same amount of protein and fiber with NO sugar at all!
Yeah... I really love it. If it's not for you, then that is fine, but I always recommend it!