Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Stuff I Eat: Uses for Leftover Meatloaf, and Poached Salmon

I thought I'd share some recipes and pictures of the foods I've been eating lately. It's simple stuff, healthy, low carb... the kind of thing I will keep eating for the rest of my life (because it is yummy!) I am all about EASY, so here's what I did this week:

Last time I made my favorite low carb meatloaf, I made a double batch and froze one. Then I thawed it out this week and the family has been eating some of it with mashed potatoes, but wanna know what I did with it? Well, I made two different meals:

1) I made a meatloaf salad. Yes, a meatloaf salad! I took 5 ounces of cold meatloaf and crumbled it up over a huge bowl of salad that included Romaine, organic baby spinach, sliced cucumbers, little broccoli florets, and diced tomatoes. I added 2T Litehouse Lite Salsa Ranch dressing and tossed it all together. I didn't take a picture of this one, but it was a nice big salad and it was satisfying and delicious!

2) Tonight, I made a fantastic cabbage soup with meatloaf in it. I just put a can of low sodium chicken broth in a pot with a can of diced Italian style tomatoes, and added a small head of cabbage (chopped), a slice of onion (diced), 2 stalks of celery (chopped), a clove of garlic (minced), and some Italian herbs, freshly ground black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and sea salt. I simmered this (covered) for about an hour, stirring every so often. When it was tender, I scooped out 1 1/2 cups of the cooked vegetables and put them into another pan with 5 ounces of crumbled cold leftover meatloaf and about half of the soup liquid. I covered it and simmered for about 10 minutes. Boy was this great! Here's a picture:


Another thing I like is ground turkey breast sauteed in olive oil with mixed fresh veggies. Here's some with yellow peppers, mushrooms, and cabbage:

I also prepared freshly caught salmon this week. My son caught it. I usually just brush it with olive oil and some seasonings and bake it at 425 til done, but this time I poached it on the stove top and it was fantastic! I took a shallot and diced it up, sauteed it in olive oil with some bay leaves, then added a bit of white wine and laid the salmon fillet on top of it all. I spooned the liquid over the salmon, ground some black pepper over it, and put a lid on it. I let it steam like that for maybe 5 minutes while I prepped the veggies: mushrooms, broccoli, and baby spinach. I lifted the lid and tossed in the veggies, and then covered it to steam for about 7 or 8 more minutes (until the salmon flaked easily in the center). This was FANTASTIC salmon! Here's a picture:

Healthy food does NOT have to be boring! Play around with ideas. Come up with new things using ingredients you like. There foods are SUPER filling and nutritious, too. And to think when I was 20 I was making big pots of Ramen for my new husband and stepkids for dinner because that's all I knew how to cook. Just keep on messing around until you figure it out. You CAN learn to cook!


✯FiTCETERA✯ said...

I'm feeling a little feast-y now!
Looks delish, Lyn.

I've passed my plate through the comment box. Please fill her up!

Ice Queen said...

OH. My. Gosh! I thought I was the only one who has ever made a meatloaf salad. :D

Your dishes look scrumptious. Especially that salmon.

Julie, The Accidental Fat Chick said...

Great ideas! You're right, healthy doesn't have to be boring at all. I LOVE to play around in the kitchen. :)

rmslil said...

Salmon looked delicious.

Spaghetti Cat said...

Yum! And I FINALLY psyched myself up to make spaghetti squash. It was AWESOME! kicking myself for not trying it sooner!

Laurie said...

That meatloaf salad totally sounds like something I'd eat! It all sounds yummy!

Anonymous said...

blackened fish

put lime juice on tilapia fillets and leave for 15 mintues, then wash lime off completely

mix garlic powder
onion powder
black pepper
mixed seasoning and or salt
cajun spice [easy on this]

coat the fish evenly with the mixed spices and leave for 30 mins at room temperature

heat skillet and drizzle a small amount of olive oil..wait until pan is smoking and add fillets

let crust on one side for 3 minutes and then turn over and let crust on the other side for another 3 minutes

best think i ever ate

serve with sauteed spinach, or brocolli or what ever green veggie you like

Christie said...

You are so lucky to have fresh caught salmon! It's got to be one of my favourite fish and I always find it surprisingly filling too.

Anonymous said...

My husband loved the meatloaf with parmesan so much that he made his sack lunch sandwiches out of the leftovers today. Hmmm... And here I was planning to have some of it for breakfast!

beerab said...

I agree- so many people look surprised when I tell them what I'm eating is very healthy! Healthy doesn't mean carrot sticks and celery only! I'm a total foodie and my healthy food is always delicious!

I've got some salmon in the freezer- I'm so making that recipe! YUM!!

Congratulations on getting down to 205 :) Onederland here you come!

wendy said...

The spinach one looks SO good!

Hanlie said...

Wow, that looks delicious! It's so true, we CAN eat well when eating healthy. It does not have to be boring.

Selina said...

My mother makes this meatloaf and cabbage all the time. Its so good!