15 May 2012
Around here we love the diversity, simplicity and great flavor of meatloaf. This comfort food is not the most glamourous, but most folks embrace the joy of coming home to one after a long day at work. It is equally wonderful to open your homemade lunch box to find this kind of nourishing meal at your fingertips.
For little kids, trim a slice into small cubes. Babies can eat this protein packed meal with their fingers and bigger kids can improve their fork handling skills.
Try you meatloaf with a side of extra sauce. Also top with some delicious micro greens. Like this….
Don’t forget those vegetables to make this a well rounded meal. You can go with steamed veggies and some rice. We love these Balsamic Grilled Veggies with the loaf too!
My Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Quinoa would be the perfect pairing too!
You could also make a delicious salad. How about this fresh take: Salad with Goat Cheese Pecan Balls and Raspberry Vinaigrette
The other nice thing about my healthy meatloaf recipe is it is entirely gluten free. Instead of traditional bread crumbs I use Attune Food’s Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal as the binder. You will never know the difference!
This is comfort food as good as it gets…dig in!
YIELD: makes about 8 servings of meatloaf
½ teaspoon Onion Powder
½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
a few pinches coarse ground Black Pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Herbs, such as Thyme or Oregano
2 pounds ground Chicken (I like to mix dark and light meat)
1 large Egg, whisked
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce or Tamari (use this for gluten free diets)
½ cup diced canned Tomatoes
Quinoa, Pasta, Rice or Veggies
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Pulse the brown rice cereal in a food processor or crush in a bag until you have a fine crumb.
Combine the chicken with the cereal crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and herbs. Make a well in the center and slowly add in the egg, tamari sauce and tomatoes. Mix with hands until well combined. Make a mound in the center of a casserole dish and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil and top the meatloaf with some marinara sauce. Bake uncovered for about another 10 minutes until meat is cooked through.
Recipe and photography copyright 2012 Marla Meridith.
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