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I’m a fan of meatloaf. Both the 80’s singer, and the kind I serve on a platter for dinner. As you know, I’ve been mourning the loss of about 90% of my tried and true recipes from my personal cookbook, due to the recent diet restrictions my son is on.

But, I’ve had a few revelations this week. While watching Rachel Ray, I noticed how she was cooking a London Broil like a pot roast. And using fresh ingredients. It occurred to me, that with just a bit of tweaking, I could totally transform that recipe into one which would not send my son to the emergency room.


I’m learning how to substitute regular ingredients, for allergen free ingredients. And we have a little health food store close by that has been extremely accommodating, and will order most anything I need. I’m looking at many of my old recipes with new eyes. And by making a few adjustments, I am able to cook some old favorites. Like, for example, meatloaf.

Everyone in the house loves this one. And it’s one of the few recipes that I can sneak vegetables into an unsuspecting Jensen.

Meatloaf, The Meal

1 Cup Finely Diced Zucchini and Carrots
1/2 Medium Onion, Diced
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 1/2 Lb. Ground Turkey or lean Ground Beef
1 Egg Yolk
1 t. Salt
1 t. Pepper
3 T. Chopped Parsley
1 T. Gluten Free Margarine, Softened
1/2 C. Chicken Broth (Organic/gluten free) *

*I know, chicken seems like an odd choice if you’re making it with ground beef. But, it works. Just use 1/4 to 1/2 cup.

Preheat the oven to 350.

In a nonstick skillet, sauté your vegetables, onions, and garlic until just soft. Set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all other ingredients, except the broth. Then add the cooked vegetables to the raw meat mixture. Form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased loaf pan. (This is where it’s handy to have a pair of disposable gloves, so you can get your hands into it without fear of losing a Lee Press-On Nail in the mix.) Just sayin’.

Then, pour the broth over the top and bake for 1 hour, basting periodically. When finished, cut into slices and spoon the juices from the bottom of the pan over the meat.

Contrary to popular opinion, meatloaf does not have to include bread crumbs or ketchup. Serve this alongside some real mashed potatoes (and you don’t have to use dairy for these) and green beans, and your family will worship the linoleum you walk on.

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I almost forgot, there will be no Saturday Stirrings next weekend, because I’ll be at She Speaks! Possibly blogging live, if I remember all the right cords and plugs and the computer.

Saturday Stirrings Participants

1. Stretch Mark Mama (Mix \’N\’ Match Picnic Salad)
2. Happy Mommy
3. Kim ( little sanctuary)
4. Jeni (pizza/pasta sauce)
5. Carol ~ Basic Crepe Recipe
6. 3cookieday (waffles/pancakes)
7. Dee (Minister\’s Crockpot Delight)
8. Dj – Enchiladas
9. The Apron Queen (Alligator & Frog Legs)

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8 Responses to Meatloaf

  • Oh, the ubiquitous wheat!!! I have substituted cooked brown rice for the bread. Surprise surprise.

  • We grow Zucchini in our garden and we get about 10 million gazillon so I will defiantly try this!

  • I tried to cook my meatloaf in the crockpot 🙂 and posted about it yesterday on my blog.

  • My nephew has a wheat intolerance. His mother makes meatloaf with cornflakes, and it’s delicious.

  • I like the sneaky way of getting everyone (this includes me) to eat veggies!! On a side note…I didn’t realize there was gluten in margarine.

  • I love the idea of hiding veggies. They have no clue and it’s so funny!

  • Oh, seriously? I am not a fan of either meatloaves… and to be honest, I’ve never actually EATEN a bite of meatloaf to know, so maybe if I tried yours, I’d be smitten?


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