The other day I was at a lecture and the doctor speaking noted that the USDA is now recommending that we 9 to 13 serving of fruits and vegetables a day. I started to think…do I eat that many? The answer was no! I was a bit surprised since I had always thought of myself as a good eater of fruits and veggies. I am closer to 6 a day. So the question is…how do we incorporate more fruits and veggies into our diet. Many years ago I read a bout a woman who would puree veggies and add them to different foods to trick her kids into eating their veggies. They ate whatever meal was made and never knew that it had beets puréed into the sauce. So I thought…how can I take that lesson and incorporate it into my food. That is where I came up with turkey meatloaf. Now my version is not going to fool anyone. But it tastes good and is good for me.
I take a pound of 99% lean ground turkey. I put it into a mixing bowl and then I add all sorts of raw veggies and even fruit. Tonight I had cabbage, cauliflower, diced tomatoes, carrots, and I even added a granny smith apple. I shredded all those items and combined it with the turkey. Then I added some spices and some nonfat Greek yogurt that I turned into a dip. I simply added the Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch dressing mix to the yogurt (the large container) and mixed it up. I use it for all sorts of things but in this case I added a few tablespoons to the turkey mix.
In the past I have added mushrooms, spinach, beets, broccoli, etc. I basically look in the refrigerator and pull things out.
In order to cook it up, I pull out the muffin tins. I use two tins that have space for 6 muffins each. There is no precision in this. I am just looking to make little loafs so I just pull one out and eat it. I find this really helps with portion control and it cooks faster.
Mine is in the oven right now baking at 400 degrees and I can not wait to sink my teeth into a mini loaf.