Sep 13, 2009

Turkey Meatloaf - DASH Diet

My son made a GREAT turkey meatloaf the last time he was visiting, but I didn't have all the ingredients and wanted to make a meatloaf last night. This is what I came up with, and it was a great surprise! It has lots of flavor and a real meatloaf "texture" to it that will hold together nicely for leftovers and sandwiches*. 1.5 lbs. xtra lean ground turkey 1 cup oatmeal (I used 1 minute oats) 1 tbsp Mrs. Dash 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper 1/2 cup finely diced onions 1/2 cup finely diced celery 1/2 cup finely diced carrots 2 eggs 1 tsp garlic powder 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 tbsp poultry seasoning Combine all ingredients, shape into loaf and place in Pam-sprayed baking pan. Bake at 350 for approximately one hour. I served this with a bit of black bean and corn low sodium salsa on the top just to add a bit more flavor. The rest of the meal was 1/2 small baked potato with no-fat butter spray and no-fat sour cream, steamed spinach, and a small tossed green salad with tomatoes and a few garbanzo beans. *Since we now eat very small portions of any meat (sigh...) this meatloaf will provide many good sandwiches (combined with my homemade low-sodium, low-fat, low-sugar whole grain bread) and one or two more dinners. OTHER STUFF Mr. B spent the night Friday night and we had such a nice time. I bought the new Mickey Mouse ClubHouse Adventures in Wonderland movie and he was just so excited to watch it! Jeff was off playing his monthly poker game, so Mr. B and I curled up and watched the (50 mins) movie around 7pm, then went out to the hot tub (I had turned the temp down earlier) in the dark. He thought that was SO fun! LOL Since he's so small, he treats the hot tub like a swimming pool, jumping under water, splashing like crazy, etc. When Mr. B is in the hot tub, it's not the relaxing spa Jeff and I are used to! By the time we came in (45 minutes!), he was worn out and headed off to bed around 9:30, and fell asleep immediately. Unfortunately, I didn't take into consideration that while he was splashing and going underwater, he was also DRINKING the "pool" water -- so there was an "accident" in the middle of the night. I got up and stripped his bed, tucked him into bed with Umpa, put clean sheets on the guest bed, climbed in - and we all went back to sleep, thank goodness. Mr. B actually slept until 10am! Mr. B spent Saturday with Umpa. They weedwacked the yard, including the now weed-infested vegetable garden that wasn't a vegetable garden this year, and mowed. Mr. B now "drives" the riding lawn mower - sitting in Umpa's lap, of course, and going very, very slow. But he's quite good at steering. I do wish I'd taken a movie of him on his skateboard. He's definitely a skater-dude. He can now put his food on the back of the board and press it down so the front of the board goes up in the air, then puts his other foot on the front of the board, pops it down and off he goes down the driveway! He's good about wearing his helmet and pads, but firmly states other kids don't wear helmets. One day he told me that he knows why the other kids don't wear a helmet. "Why," I asked. "Because they don't have an Umma." Oh yeah.

1 comment:

Karen said...

What joy to spend quality time like that with your grandson. You're so blessed.