This meatloaf packs one heck of flavor punch. Also included are a smack a fiber and a jab of veggies.
Had it with the stupid faux-boxing lingo? Yeah, me too.
Here it is:
Grind the oatmeal in the blender to make a fine crumb. Go ahead and throw in some flax seed. Mmmmmmm....fiber. Much better than saltines.
Dump everything into a bowl and mix thoroughly. I like to use my hands for this. But not my bare hands. It's not that I find it too icky, it just gets too cold. I wear rubber gloves. The kind doctors wear. They make me feel important. Ok, not really...but they do make my hands less cold and it's much quicker than mixing with a spoon.
Bake at 375 for 45 mins to an hour, or until meat thermometer reads 150. Let it rest for about 10 minutes. If you use a loaf pan, it will still be a pain in the neck to get out of the pan. This is why I prefer a loaf on a cookie sheet. I haven't tried it before, but I've seen Paula Dean (not in person...through the TV, it's not like I'm BFFs with PD) put a couple slices of bread under her loaf to soak up the grease. Maybe I'll try that next time. Or, you try it and let me know how it goes.
This is FABULOUS with baked sweet potatoes and broccoli. Bake the potatoes at the same temp for the same time as the meatloaf. PLEASE put a foil covered cookie sheet under you potatoes so you don't have oooey-gooey potato juice flooding your oven.
NOT YOUR GRANDMA'S MEATLOAF:
1 C. oatmeal, ground into a fine crumb
1 T. ground flaxseed
2 carrots, finely shredded
1/2 onion, finely diced
1 bell pepper (any color/combination of colors), finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 lb lean ground beef
8 oz can tomato puree
1 T. Worchestershire sauce
1 T. dried parsely
Preheat oven to 375.
Grind oatmeal and flaxseed in food processor or blender.
Saute carrots, onion, pepper, garlic until onions are translucent (about 3 - 5 minutes).
Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and combine well.
Form into loaf and bake 45 - 60 minutes; until 150 degrees.