Monday, 21 October 2013

Fall Loafin' - Healtier Meatloaf and Fresh Baked Pumpkin Loaf

Let's start off with the savoury... 

I'm a big fan of healthy, hearty meals that are easy to grab-n-go for the busy autumn season. I've never been a fan I've making meatloaf (I always viewed it as a tacky old-school kind of meal), but when someone shared with me a "healthy meatloaf" developed by Muscle Pharm, I decided to give this dated entree a second chance. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed with this moist, filling recipe. 

Muscle Meatloaf:

  • 4 lbs extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup A1 Sauce, divided in half
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 package of stove-top stuffing mix (dry, unprepared)
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder*
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder*
*The original recipe contained 1 tsp black pepper instead of garlic and chili

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) To make this a one-dish recipe, grease a casserole dish and mix all ingredients except for half of the sauce, directly in the pan.
3) Once well-mixed, coat the loaf with the other half of the A1 Sauce, and pop into the oven for 1 hour.

And now for the sweet stuff ...

Being fall, I can't resist recipes that include pumpkin puree. In fact, of all the seasonal flavours, pumpkin in my absolute favourite. I was able of find a pumpkin loaf recipe on take a megabite's blog, which I customized and upped the health factor on, by doubling the pumpkin (it counts as a veggie!) and reducing the sugar. 

  • 1& 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t ginger
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t allspice
  • 1 15oz. can of pumpkin puree (I used organic, but any puree should be fine)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup + milk mixed (pour maple syrup halfway up the side of your 1/3 cup measuring cup and then top off with milk)
  • Optional - a handful of pumpkin seeds
1) Preheat oven to 350F, and grease a loaf pan. 
2) In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients, from flour to allspice.
3) In a medium bowl, whisk together all the remaining ingredients.
4) Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, until well-mixed
5) Transfer into a loaf pan, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, and bake for 55 minutes.


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