Mama Meatloaf

Mama Meatloaf

This is guaranteed, one of the BEST meatloaf dinners you will ever make!!  Some meatloaves taste like a hamburger, but not this recipe! Its the PERFECT blend of ingredients to give you that delicious MAMA MEATLOAF taste!!!  The mozzarella cheese will just MELT in your mouth! One piece won't cut it, you will definitely want seconds!!!

Bake at 425, 1 hour

1 1/2 lbs low fat ground beef or ground turkey
          (I buy mine from the Jewel. They sell a meatloaf package...half beef, half pork)
1 egg
1 onion sauteed
1 c. milk
1 c. bread crumbs
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
sea salt and pepper to taste
mozzarella cheese (to stuff meatloaf)

1.  Mix the ground meat, egg, milk, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper in a mixing bowl. 
2.  Saute onions in a pan.  Add onions to the meat mixture.
3.  Pour mixture into a baking pan.
4.  Divide the meat down the middle.  Stuff with mozzarella cheese.
5.  Cover the cheese with the meat mixture.
6.  Cover the pan with tinfoil and place in the oven on 425 for 45 minutes.

7.  While meatloaf is in the oven....
In a separate bowl, make the sauce to pour over the meatloaf. 
         - 2 tbsp brown sugar
         - 2 tbsp mustard
         - 1/3 c ketchup

8.  After 45 minutes, take the meatloaf out of the oven.
     Pour the sauce mixture over the top of the meatloaf.
     Add a sprinkle of brown sugar on top if you desire.
     Cook another 15 -20 minutes in the oven without the tinfoil.

This meal goes great with a potato and vegetable!!

Italian Soup

Italian Soup!

Mangi! Mangi! .....Cooking up some of my ITALIAN SOUP!! Its one of my faves and so comforting during the winter. The sweet Italian turkey gives this soup awesome flavor!! Clean eating too!
1 lb sweet Italian turkey sausage (take out of casing)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, crushed
1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes 
1 can (46 oz) chicken broth
1/2 lb escarole, cleaned and coarsely chopped
1 cup uncooked small bowtie pasta
2 cans (15 oz) cannellini white beans (or substitute 1 can w/ red beans)

- In a large soup pot, over medium heat,  brown sausage breaking up large pieces.
- Add onion and garlic, saute until onions are tender. 
- Stir in tomatoes and their liquid (break up tomatoes). 
-Add broth
-Bring to a boil.
-Add escarole and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile....cook pasta, drain. Drain beans. Add pasta and beans to soup.
- Add salt, pepper if desire.You can also add fennel seeds for an extra kick.
-Heat through.

*This soup is better the second day after it sits in the fridge over night. Tastes great with parmesan cheese!


Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Clean Eat Slowcooker Sloppy Joes for dinner. They have carrots and zuchini inside which gives it extra flavor!! My kids absolutely love it and so easy to make!! Great as leftovers too!

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours 20 minutes
2 lbs of Lean Ground Turkey
2/3 Cup Baby Carrots
1 Small Yellow Onion
1 Small Zucchini
2 1/2 cups Ketchup
1/2 tbsp Mustard, dried
1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup Maple syrup
1 tbsp Chili powder
1 Salt & pepper
*optional....mix in bbq sauce 
Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
Turn on Crockpot to high and set aside. In a large skillet the, brown ground turkey over medium heat. 
While meat is browning, grate onion, carrots and zucchini using a food processor or a cheese grater will work. Drain well and spoon meat into warmed Crockpot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Replace pan to heat. Place veggies into the hot pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saute until the water from the veggies has evaporated and are tender, about 7 minutes. 

Pour in Crockpot.Whisk all remaining ingredients in the skillet until smooth about 5 minutes, then pour in crock pot coating evenly. Cover and cook 3-4 hours on low.

Serve on whole wheat buns. Pickles on the side optional.