Month: January 2016

Turkey & Beef Meatloaf

I made meatloaf for the very first time tonight…and it was delicious! I have never really liked meatloaf and my husband loves it. I never made it and never felt I was missing anything, but I did feel a little guilty for never giving it a try. Well, I decided it was about time to give it a go- and figured there was a chance the kids would eat it too. They love meatballs! (I feel like chopped meat recipes are becoming a theme around here- chili, tacos, meatballs, sloppy joes, and now meatloaf!)

I wanted to find a clean eating meatloaf recipe, especially one that didn’t use ketchup. I hate ketchup, I have an aversion to ketchup, I don’t want to look at ketchup, smell ketchup, or touch ketchup. I only soften to it a little bit because I have a beautiful niece who loves the stuff and puts it on everything! Anyway, clean eating meatloaf, meatloaf with no ketchup. That’s what I looked for…

I looked around online, combined two recipes that I found, and will definitely make it again soon. Meatloaf isn’t pretty anyway, but after it’s been sliced it’s even less pretty. I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture of it before we sliced it!

Turkey & Beef Meatloaf

Turkey/Beef Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, divided
  • 1 TBSP vinegar
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • water

Preparation:

In large bowl, combine meat, eggs, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic, and 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce. Mix well. Use a loaf pan or form the mixture into a loaf shape in a baking pan. Make a small depression in the top of the loaf to form a well for the sauce. In a small bowl, mix remaining tomato sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and a small amount of warm water. Pour over the top of the meatloaf. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.

This recipe is a combination of Kim’s Ultimate Meatloaf, from allrecipes.com, and the Body Beast turkey meatloaf recipe. I’m sure you could use all turkey, all beef, or ground pork or lamb too.

My only qualm about my tweaked recipe is the brown sugar- it’s not clean. Next time I’ll try something else. But it was really good! I liked it, my husband was so happy to have meatloaf and said it was delicious, and all but one child ate it! I think I could get the fourth one to eat it next time though…That’s what I call a successful recipe!

Clean Up Your Coffee

I love coffee. I am not a psychotic coffee person, but I love it. People are very sensitive about their coffee, and there can be lots of coffee pride. You don’t want to mess with someone’s coffee. I understand…

Clean Up Your Coffee

I used to be one of those people who said, “I’m not giving up my coffee.” “I’ll do this, this, or that, but don’t tell me I can’t have my coffee.” Things along that line…and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say this! It’s kind of funny. But not funny- really…don’t get mad. I’m not telling anybody to give up coffee. I know there are people out there who will tell you to give up coffee, but I won’t. You hear mixed things about it, but a lot of good things are said about its health benefits. Either way, I drink 2 cups most days and I love it.

The way we drink our coffee is also a sensitive topic. And I was one of those people too who said I would never give up my creamer. I used to love the International Delights French Vanilla creamer, or the hazlenut, or if I was feeling crazy the Irish Coffee flavor. Mmmmm…I loved it. I’ve also told the story of my brother-in-law who said coffee with creamer was the reason he woke up in the morning. It was yummy stuff.

My logic for not giving it up was- what does it really matter? It’s not like I’m using that much of it. If I have a little bit of something not so healthy just in my coffee what’s the big deal? And I stuck by that for a pretty long time, indignantly drinking my coffee. But, eventually, when I started reading and learning more about what’s in our food, I took another look at the label. And I was pretty horrified.

NON-DAIRY PRODUCT INGREDIENTS: WATER, CANE SUGAR, PALM OIL, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING: SODIUM CASEINATE* (A MILK DERIVATIVE), DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, POLYSORBATE 60, CARRAGEENAN, SALT.

Grossed out at the least. Water, sugar…and palm oil? Not to mention the other stuff I don’t recognize in the rest of the list? Ugh. And was the amount I was putting in my coffee each day really just a little? It was probably more than I thought.

I then thought, ok, maybe I need to give this up. I came across a make-your-own-creamer post on Pinterest, and did that for a while. Milk, vanilla, and sweetened condensed milk. I felt a little bit better about that. All it is is milk and sugar. But pour enough cans of sweetened condensed milk and you’ll get a little grossed out about that, too. That little can must contain a lot of sugar!

My next step was half and half. No sugar! After a few days, I was used to it and even liked it. I drank half-and-half in my coffee for a while. And indignantly swore I would never give up my coffee with half-and-half. But, again, you hang around reading enough clean eating stuff and you get a nagging feeling that maybe the half-and-half has to go, too.

I did the 21 Day Fix, and it’s not allowed on that plan. At first I thought I’d do it anyway- how bad could it be when everything else I’m eating is so healthy? But I wanted to go by the book the first time, so I decided to let go…I tried switching to just milk in my coffee, but I didn’t like it. I would rather drink it black. (And I can drink black coffee- I do like it, but I just don’t enjoy it like I did with half-and-half.) That’s when I heard about coconut oil in coffee. At first I was very skeptical; how could that possible be any good? How could it get creamy and frothy? It didn’t seem possible from an oil.

It also seemed like a big pain in the butt. But I discovered my blender base fit on mason jars, and filled my mason jar with coffee and a teaspoon of coconut oil and gave it a whirl. It was true! It was creamy and frothy…one sip and I was in love. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top and it was like a coffee store latte. Delicious!

Coconut Oil Coffee

So…I’m not telling you what to do. But if you’re drinking flavored creamer just plant this little seed in the back of your head…it’s gross and it’s a sugar bomb. After I had given it up for a while, I tried it a friend’s house, thinking oh I’ll have it as a treat. Yuck. So sickly sweet, I couldn’t even drink it. (Coming from a girl who not so long ago could eat an entire container of vanilla frosting.) Maybe you could find another way…half and half plus stevia or raw sugar and some vanilla? Give it a few days, and I think you’ll get used to it and enjoy it. Maybe one day you’ll even try it with coconut oil…it’s so good, so creamy, frothy, and delightful.

Plus, think of all the health benefits you’ll be getting from the coconut oil!!

 

Clean Eating Turkey Chili

Chili is a staple around here. What started as beef chili with jarred chili sauce and little vegetables has evolved into turkey chili, no jarred sauce, just a little bit of sugar, and lots of vegetables. And now, just yesterday, it became turkey chili, no jarred sauce, no sugar, lots of vegetables, and a can of pumpkin. Pumpkin? Yes. Pumpkin. If I had stumbled across this recipe any other way, I would have jumped ship immediately, and moved on to the next turkey chili recipe. But I made it and it was really good!! Our new go-to recipe.

Clean Eating Turkey Chili

 

I love turkey chili because it is so healthy, so easy to make, tastes really good, and makes a ton. I usually make it on a Monday, so we have lots of leftovers for lunches during the week. Then if I make something on Tuesday or Wednesday that doesn’t leave us with leftovers, we have some extra lunches ready.

The only reason I went ahead with the crazy recipe with the pumpkin in it was because it’s part of the menu for a clean eating group I’m running with a friend this week. She added the recipe, and I figured I may as well be a good sport and give it a go. I’m so glad I did! And bonus- it’s made in the crockpot! And it’s 21 Day Fix friendly 🙂

21 Day Fix Chili

Serving size 1 1/2 cup Makes 6 servings

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped red pepper 
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 giant can dark red kidney beans (40 ounces)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can purĂ©ed pumpkin 
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp chili powder 
  • 1/2 tsp cumin

Preparation: Heat oil and brown meat on medium-high heat. Pour meat into crockkpot and add all ingredients. Cook on low for 4-6 hours; serve with shredded cheddar and plain Greek yogurt (optional). If you’re following the 21 Day Fix eating plan, each 1 1/2 cup serving would count as 1red, 1yellow, 1green, 1 blue (optional).

The recipe is flexible, too. Try different peppers, play around with spices.

Enjoy!!