Posts Tagged ‘beef’


(First…let me apologize for the hunk ‘o meatloaf-on-a-plate.  Good grief.  

I had served dinner to Hon and he ooed and awed over it so I then felt like I should have taken a photo so I could post the recipe.  That was all that was left.  

Don’t worry.  It’s really, really great, regardless!)


Yes, I’m channeling Gramma with this one!

Meaty, filling, flavorful, with that sweet glaze we all remember and loved.  I’ve given you two ways – beef or turkey, and both are fabulous.   Depending on your preference and caloric need, either meat will give you wonderful results.   I prefer to use mini loaf pans because it bakes so quickly and they freeze great.

A mixed green salad (plus baby white corn with sea salt and warmed whole grain rolls for those who aren’t limiting carbs)  – the perfect dinner!




1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup finely diced onion

1 stalk celery, finely diced

1 slice turkey bacon, finely diced

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup skim milk

1 teaspoons salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon sage

1 slice bread, diced very small (OR 1/4 cup Panko crumbs)

3/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 pound very lean ground beef (OR 1 pound mixed dark/light ground turkey)

1/3 cup ketchup

1/3 cup Whey Low Gold (OR 1/4 cup Splenda Granular PLUS 1 tablespoon sugar-free maple syrup OR 1/3 cup regular brown sugar)

1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  With vegetable cooking spray coat 1 regular loaf pan, or 2 mini loaf pans and place on a baking sheet.  Set aside.

In a saute pan heat the olive oil over medium low heat.  Add the onion, celery, and bacon.  Cook for 10-15 minutes or until veggies are soft.  Set aside to cool slightly.

In a large bowl whisk the egg, milk, salt, pepper, and sage.  Add the bread and stir until “mushed” up and no dry pieces remain.  Stir in the cheese and the onion mixture.  Add the ground beef or turkey and combine until well mixed.  Divide among prepared pans and lightly pack down.

In a small bowl whisk the ketchup, WL Gold (OR Splenda and sf maple syrup), and mustard.  Spoon over meat mixture.  Bake for 35-40 minutes for mini loaf pans, or 50-60 minutes for regular sized loaf pans….or until instant read thermometer reads  165 degrees, temp will increase to 170 as it rests.) Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.  Makes 8 servings.

Per Serving (90% lean ground beef, WL Gold):  Calories 234, Protein 20 g, Fat 11 g, NET Carbs 10 g, Sugar 8 g, Sodium 434 mg

Per Serving (ground turkey mixed light/dark, WL Gold):  Calories 210, Protein 12 g, Fat 9 g, NET Carbs 10 g, Sugar 8 g, Sodium 452

Without Whey Low Gold: subtract 8 calories and 5 sugars


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Cooking with a crock-pot is very convenient if you have the time to let things simmer forever and ever! I like it, but I also slow simmer a beef roast in the oven at about 275 degrees all day long…works just the same.  Some braise theirs on the stovetop in a Dutch oven. All of these methods, if done at a slow temp for hours on end, with liquid added, will give you a succulent, moist roast that is very pouch friendly.

You can add whatever root vegetables you’d like to this pot…carrots, celery, a potato or two for the family. Even a can of tomatoes would give you a completely different meal.



3 pound boneless chuck roast
Kosher salt and black pepper
4 small or boiling onions, peeled and halved
1 whole clove garlic
One 4-ounce can mushroom pieces, drained or 1 cup fresh, sliced
One envelope dry onion soup mix
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 cup low sodium beef broth
1/2 cup water or beef broth
1 tablespoon corn starch

Sprinkle salt and pepper on beef and brown quickly on all sides and place in crockpot or into a deep oven proof baking dish. Scatter onions, garlic, and mushrooms over meat. In a small bowl stir together the soup mix, basil, and beef broth. Pour over roast. Cover tightly. Cook in Crockpot on low for 7-8 hours or until meat is very tender but not dry. Bake in the oven at 275 degrees for 5-6 hours. Baste meat as needed to keep it moist. When roast is done, remove and the onions to a plate, cover with foil and let it rest for a few minutes. Pour cooking liquid into a sauce pan. Add cornstarch to 1/2 cup water or broth and stir until smooth. Add to liquid in saucepan. Bring to a boil, pour over meat and serve. Makes ten servings about 1/2-3/4 cup each.  (It really depends on how far you cook the meat down…the less you cook it the less it will shrink, so that will change the size of the servings.)

Per Serving: Calories 338; Protein 21 g; Fat 23 g; Carbs 3 g; Sugar 0 g; Sodium 317 mg

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This is the basic recipe…use your imagination to make any ‘burger’ you like.  I topped mine with spicy ketchup and dill chips.

How about a Cowboy Burger – pinto beans mixed into the meat part…BBQ sauce slathered under the cheese topping.

Or some blue cheese crumbled in and roasted garlic.  Or feta cheese and Greek olives?  WOW!

Serve this with a fresh and crispy green salad and the family won’t miss the BUNS!




Vegetable Cooking Spray
1 pound ground beef OR  Vegetarian version:  1 pkg. Morningstar Crumbles
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil (IF USING VEGGIE MEAT)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon Adobo seasoning OR 1 teaspoon Taco Seasoning
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper
1/3 cup crushed cheesy or buttery crackers (such as Cheezits or Ritz)
One 10-ounce can condensed tomato soup, undiluted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a deep dish pie plate with vegetable cooking spray and set aside.
Over medium-high heat brown meat or veggie meat (with olive oil) and onion and peppers. Drain if using beef. Stir in oregano, Adobo, salt, black pepper, cracker crumbs, and soup. Pour into the greased pie plate. Set aside.


1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (or any variety you like)

In a small bowl mix together the egg, milk, salt, mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce, and cheese. Pour over the burger mixture, spreading cheese to cover top completely. Bake for 30 minutes or until topping is set and golden. Makes 10 servings.

Per Serving: 293 Cal; 20 g Protein; 16 g Tot Fat; 6 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 297 mg Sodium

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This is easily my most popular recipe!  (REVISED: Well, it used to be!!  The Quinoa Burgers and the Broccoli-Quinoa Casserole have FAR surpassed this one.  But it is still fab!)

It’s quick, can be altered to fit whatever you have in your pantry at the moment…can be made vegetarian, garnished with anything, and freezes great.

I spoon it over tortilla or corn chips for the family, lots of sour cream, avocados, diced tomatoes…whatever suits your mood.



2 tablespoons olive oil (if using meat sub or ground turkey)
1 pound ground beef or turkey OR 1 pkg. Morningstar Crumbles
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
One 16-ounce can chili beans, undrained (NOT chili, just chili-seasoned beans)
One 15-ounce can kidney beans, undrained
1 cup frozen corn – optional
One 10-ounce can tomato soup, undiluted
2 cups water
Two 14-ounce cans peeled and diced tomatoes, undrained and pureed
One 4-ounce can diced green chilies
One 4-ounce can sliced olives
One 1.25-ounce envelope taco seasoning
3 teaspoons Penzey’s Chili 9000 or chili powder

If using hamburger: In a large saucepan brown hamburger until just no longer pink, breaking it up with a wooden spoon into small chunks. Remove from pan and drain grease, reserving 1 tablespoon. Sauté the onions and garlic with the Splenda in reserved grease, until onions are soft and golden. Return hamburger to the pan.

If using veggie meat or turkey: In a large saucepan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onions and garlic with the sugar until onions are tender and golden. Add turkey or crumbles and sauté until turkey is no longer pink, breaking into small chunks.

Add to the meat/onion mixture the chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato soup, water, tomatoes, green chilies, olives, taco seasoning, and chili powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with your choice of toppings, such as tomatoes, avocados, shredded cheese, sour cream, etc. Makes 12 servings about 1 cup each.

Per serving: Calories 241; Protein 13; Fat 11 g; Carbs 18; Sodium 470 mg

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I grew a kiddo that wouldn’t eat anything green…and even this meatloaf might have been pushin’ it.  He was a super-duper veggie detective!

I bet most kids would eat this up, though.  And the zucchini keeps the meatloaf very moist. (I’ve also made this with the ground mixed light/dark turkey….SUPER!)



Vegetable cooking spray

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup oatmeal, ground

1 cup shredded zucchini

1/3 cup finely diced onion

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/8 teaspoon dry mustard powder

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck

1/2 cup marinara sauce

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a large loaf pan (or three mini loaf pans) or a large casserole dish with the vegetable cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl beat the egg with a fork.  Mix in milk and ground oatmeal and allow to rest for a few minutes.  To the egg mixture stir in the zucchini, onion, parsley, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and mustard powder.  Add ground beef and gently combine.  Place in your prepared pan and press down slightly.  (Form into a loaf, but don’t pack the meat tightly, if using a casserole dish.)

In a small bowl combine the marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese.  Spread on top of meat.  Bake for 1-1 1/4 hours (35-40 minutes in mini pans) or until a meat thermometer registers 160 degrees.  Allow meatloaf to rest for about 5 minutes before slicing.  (This is very juicy from the zucchini and you may need to pour off the liquid in the pans.)  Makes 6 servings.

Per 6 Serving: 274 Cals; 25 g Protein; 9 g Tot Fat; 13 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 607 mg Sodium

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