My husband and I LOVE re-inventing our old favorite recipes, making them waist-friendly and even more delicious than the original version!
Meatloaf with mashed potatoes is one of those amazing comfort meals that I just can't go without. It's so flavored and tender and easy to make .. But then I think of the pool of grease that ends up surrounding the loaf itself .. *shudders*
Making our meatloaf with ground turkey instead of ground beef was step número uno in the right direction. The ground turkey is SO lean that hardly any grease comes out of it at all. Plus, you get all the protein without the extra fat. Then, instead of using breadcrumbs or crackers to keep it together, we used rolled oats (so many more health benefits!) and instead of a whole egg, we used just the egg white. Throw in some chopped onions, spinach, and a handful of our favorite meatloaf spices (hold the salt! We don't need it!) and we were almost done.
One other issue I always had with meatloaf was controlling myself around it. I couldn't help but to cut myself a big ol' slab .. Or go for seconds .. Or thirds ..
So what we did this time was use our muffin tray to cook individual loaves. We used just enough turkey to make one meatloaf muffin for each of us (and a smaller one for our kids to split!). Portion-control crisis avoided!
We used to eat our meatloaf with gravy .. This time we're cutting it out and using a little bit of homemade BBQ sauce cooked on top of each muffin. Oh, and did I mention that we stuffed our muffins with a perfectly portioned amount of low-fat cheese?!
Yeah yeah .. We definitely could go without the BBQ sauce and the cheese .. But we wanted them. So we used them! No harm in treating yourself! Everything in moderation. Just because we're dieting doesn't mean we can't indulge every now and then :)
The mashed potatoes .. We used half potatoes, half steamed, puréed cauliflower. No need for butter, only a light splash of milk, our favorite seasonings and fresh garlic.
Assorted sautéed veggies finished the meal. And man ... Was it ever GOOOD!
The best part about this meal: eight WW+ points for each (HUGE) meatloaf muffin (or five points without the BBQ sauce and cheese), two points for the mashed cauli-potatoes, and one point for the veggies .. And there are leftovers for tomorrow!
|Damn .. it was delicious!!|