I grew up on frozen dinner meatloaf… Sounds gross, right? I think so too – but at the time, I was absolutely in love with it. It was something we had quite a bit so it took me a long time to stop craving… meatloaf. When I finally got away from it for awhile, it stopped sounding good. But one day, old habits kicked in and I decided we were having meatloaf for dinner. But this time, I was going to class it up. No Kid Cuisine needed here – this time, it was going to be a loaf… of meat (ew, how gross does that sound?) that was GOOD for you, and chemical free. Here we go! Note; allow yourself a little time for this one, it takes a few minutes to put together, and a pretty decent amount of time to cook. So don’t start this one if you’re already starving!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine 1 pound of lean ground turkey, 2 tablespoons of oregano, 4 egg whites, 3/4 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk, and himalayan sea salt to taste (I probably used a teaspoon or so?)
With clean hands, mixed together until the liquid is absorbed and the oats are mixed in well with the meat. Form a loaf and put into a baking dish. Hint; if you have a bread pan, you can literally just plop the meat in there and it saves some time, because it will form into a loaf as it cooks! Put the meatloaf in and set the timer for 60 minutes.
While waiting, combine 1 can of organic crushed or whole tomatoes (I use Muir Glen Organics – they come in a 6 pack at Costco!), 1 tablespoon of fresh basil, and 1/2 tablespoon of minced garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until all ingredients are combined into a sauce. Heat stove top until boiling, then simmer for 10 minutes. Take off heat to let it thicken.
Once the meatloaf has been baking for an hour, take it out of the oven and slice it (while still in the pan). This allows any liquid that was sitting in there to seep through and evaporate. Using a spoon or brush, cover the top of the loaf with the sauce you just made. Put back in the oven for 10 minutes.
Serve with veggies, I used spaghetti squash and broccoli!