I have a family that likes meatloaf. My usual recipe has oatmeal in it instead of breadcrumbs, but now that I am eating low carb, oatmeal and breadcrumbs are out. Yesterday, I considered making one meatloaf for *them* and a mini meatloaf for *me* because I was concerned they would not like a different meatloaf recipe. I thought a low carb meatloaf would be dry, tough, and tasteless. BOY WAS I WRONG!
Everyone SCARFED this meatloaf down. This is going to be my new, regular meatloaf recipe. It's moist and tender and SO flavorful. I loved it! I served it to the family with steamed peas, mashed potatoes, and whole wheat bread & butter. For myself, I made mashed cauliflower (fake mashed potatoes) and steamed spinach as sides. (I found this recipe online somewhere and tweaked it a bit, but can't find the original site to link to).
*Note: This recipe is not *quite* Medifast 100% on plan for Lean & Green; a bit high on the condiments and cheese, but it is close enough for *me.* It is, however, low carb (1/6 of the recipe... a good sized chunk... has 5.4g carbs. The calories and fat content will vary based on your meat of choice).
Lyn's FAVORITE Meatloaf
2 lbs. extra lean ground beef
8 oz can of tomato sauce
3 T soy sauce (I use low sodium/lite soy sauce)
1 T onion powder
1 T dried parsley
ground black pepper to taste
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 whole eggs (you could use Egg Beaters if you want... I used free range eggs)
1/2 c Parmesan cheese (you want the powdery kind, like Kraft in a can, not shreds. This is the binder).
1 piece of raw bacon (trust me. I used Hormel frozen bacon, 40 calories in 1 slice) cut up as fine as you can
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix everything together in a bowl. I use my hands. Mush it all up good.
Put the mixture into a casserole dish. Smooth the top a bit. Bake uncovered for 1 hour 10 minutes. I checked mine in the center with a meat thermometer (160+). Take it out of the oven and CAREFULLY pour off the fat. Do not hurt yourself. Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes, then serve. Yummy! (p.s... it does NOT taste like soy sauce. At all. So don't worry about that). Hope you enjoy it!
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