Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Spring" Chicken Meat Loaf

Meat loaf typically finds itself settled in the annals of Comfort Food, which is all good - except when calories are being considered.  The good news is, the traditional fare can be lightened up significantly.  This recipe is an adaptation from a Cooking Light version calling for ground turkey breast.  I used ground chicken, as it is more readily available where I live in Brazil, but the results were the same:  a food good for the soul, easier on the belly.  Because it also calls for a nice amount of colorful and nutrient-dense vegetables, I'll call it a "Spring" Meat Loaf.
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 Spring Chicken Meatloaf
Ingredients

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  • 2 lbs ground chicken 
  • 1 c grated onion
  • 3/4 c dried Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c chopped parsley
  • 1/3 c finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/3 c grated carrots
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 T minced garlic
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 c ketchup + some for topping
Directions
1)  Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2)  Place chicken and breadcrumbs in a large mixing bowl
3)  Prepare vegetables - I tend to have a one-tool-does-it-all approach with my processor
4)  Mix onion, parsley, bell pepper, carrots, salt and pepper with meat mixture
5)  Slightly beat eggs; add to meat/veggie mixture
6)  Mix in 1 cup of ketchup
7)  Place meat mixture in an oven-safe dish, shape into a loaf form
8)  Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes
9)  Remove loaf from oven, and drizzle with a good amount of ketchup to coat the top
10)  Place back in oven for additional 15 minutes

Of course, serves perfectly with garlic mashed potatoes - Chow time!

**NB - I imagine this recipe could easily be adapted to a crock pot - I'd do 4 hours on high, or 8 on low, with maybe a tad more ketchup to coat and keep moist.

3 comments:

  1. This looks wonderful! Found you via foodgawker! New follower!

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  2. Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole's Chatter is all about meatloaf. I do hope you link this nice one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links. Have a great week.

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  3. Alison, thank you for linking this in to Food on Friday. We are now getting a great collection of meatloaves together. I hope you have stopped by some of the other links to check them out!

    Ps I have just signed up to follow your blog. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful – or have you already followed? Cheers

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