playing favorites

I know it’s wrong.  Playing favorites, that is.  But I simply can’t help myself.  When it comes to blueberries, I feel nothing but pure, incomparable love.  Just the sight of them makes me break into a smile.  And while I could exhibit a level self-control by eating one–just one!–strawberry, this would be next to impossible with blueberries.  They are, quite simply, my favorite of all fruits.  And whenever blueberry season comes around, I greedily eat them to my heart’s content.

  • 1/4 c. oatbran
  • 1/4 c. wheat bran
  • 1 c. milk + 3/4 c. water
  • 1/2 banana
  • cinnamon and nutmeg
  • toppings: 1 tsp chia seeds, 2 T. Galaxy Granola Hint of Honey, scoop of chunky Teddy peanut butter and 1/2 c. blueberries

Favorite.  Breakfast.  Ever. 

Quick Morning Snack!

I took advantage of today’s cooler-than-average temperatures and headed out for an 11-mile spin around town on my bike.  My legs were still feeling sore from yesterday’s strength training/yoga routine, so I kept things relatively easy until the very end when I decided to speed my way up a steep hill.  My legs were on fire by the end.  But then I realized something else.  My knee didn’t feel a thing.  It wasn’t floaty.  It wasn’t in pain.  It wasn’t popping.  It just was.  I love that I’m seeing some progress with this whole knee injury thing!  Maybe next year my knee will be up for another 10k or (gasp!) mabye even a half-marathon.  One step at a time. 😉

Lunch

I love leftovers.  I rarely eat them the same way twice, but I think that’s what I love most about them.  It gives me a chance to get creative and enjoy a whole new meal minus any serious preparation.

I topped a basic salad (i.e., greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.) with sliced bell peppers, 1/2 an avocado, some leftover sweet potato fries, a leftover black bean patty (which I diced), and a sprinkling of feta cheese.  The drizzle of olive oil completed the meal (+ some kashis on the side of course!) 

So fresh!

And then I proceeded to eat a copious amount of watermelon.  It became my dessert for lunch and for dinner, along with being a snack in the afternoon.  I love–LOVE!–watermelon.  In case you couldn’t tell. 

Afternoon Snack: 6-oz. plain yogurt + 2 T. crushed flax + 2 T. Galaxy Granola Hint of Honey

Meatloaf.  You either love it or you hate it. 

I for one belong to the meatloaf lovers group.  This may sound silly, but it’s the one meat recipe that I truly, honest-to-goodness love.   I could do without steaks, chicken on the grill, and even a slice of turkey on Thanksgiving (crazy, I know!)  I’d much rather enjoy the sides—the roasted vegetables, the creamy potatoes, the homemade honey wheat bread.  But give me meatloaf, and I instantly become a meat lover.  Or, rather, a meatloaf lover.

This recipe found its way into my home through a Cooks Illustrated Light cookbook.  It’s one of my favorites, not only because the saturated fat content is kept lower through the use of lean ground turkey (you could just as easily substitute lean ground beef or bison even!) but it also remains moist and flavorful.  Cooks Illustrated has yet to let me down, and this is no exception. 

I served steamed broccoli and oven roasted garlic potatoes on the side with some Trader Joe’s ketchup for dunking.  I went back for a little more meatloaf and finished off with some watermelon.  It made for one very delicious meal. 😀

Turkey Meatloaf with Brown Sugar-Ketchup Glaze—minor substitutions based on what I had on hand

  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • salt
  • 1/2 c. milk (I used 1%)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce (such as Tobasco)
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 lb. 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1-1/3 c. fresh bread crumbs (I used whole wheat, homemade bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 c. dried parsley
  • 1/2 c. ketchup
  • 1/4 c. packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tsp cider or white vinegar
  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 350.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top.  Set aside.  Fold a piece of heavy-duty foil into a 10×6 inch rectangle;set aside.
  2. Combine the onion, garlic, oil, and 1/8 tsp salt in a medium skillet.  Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the onion has softened, 8-10 minutes; set aside to cool.  In a medium bowl, whisk the milk through the ground pepper and 1/4 tsp salt together.
  3. In a large bowl, mix turkey, bread crumbs, parsley, cooked onion mixture, and egg mixture together with your hands until uniformly combined.  Press the mixture together into a compact mass, then turn it out onto the foil rectangle.  Using your hands, press the meat into an evenly thick loaf about 2 inches tall and 1 inch smaller than the foil on all sides.
  4. Transfer the foil and meatloaf to the center of the prepared wire rack.  Stir the ketchup, sugar, and vinegar together, then brush half of the mixture evenly over the meatloaf.  Bake the meatloaf for 45 minutes.
  5. Brush the meatloaf with the remaining ketchup glaze, and continue to bake until the center of the loaf registers 160 degrees on the thermometer, about 15-20 minutes longer.  Cool at least 20 minutes before slicing into 1-inch thick pieces.

Per Serving: Cal 260; Fat 10g; Sat fat 3g; Pro 26g

Question: Meat Loaf—love it or hate it? 

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17 thoughts on “playing favorites

  1. I love blueberries on oatmeal – SO good. I have to try your morning combo – it looks so good and voluminous! I am not a meatloaf lover as I’m vegetarian but love lentil, soy loaves that have similar flavours and seasonings to traditional meat loaf.

    • I’ve been looking for a good vegetarian version of meatloaf and I found a recipe for lentil loaf that sounds absolutely wonderful. Hopefully I can try and make it within the next couple of weeks. Let me know if you have any good recipes or tips too! 😀

  2. How funny – my boyfriend and I were just talking about meatloaf.

    As a kid, when I ate red meat, I loved my mom’s meatloaf, and she always drizzled ketchup on top. I have yet to eat or make a good veggie and non-soy substitute.

  3. I am absolutely a meatloaf lover. Other meats, I can do without but I just love meatloaf especially with that brown sugar glaze! I use pretty much the same recipe but with oatmeal instead of the breadcrumbs!
    and I have definitely been eating my share of watermelon too, these last few days! I lovvee summer produce !!

    • What a great idea! I never thought of adding oats in place of the breadcrumbs. Definitely trying that the next time around. 😀

  4. That meatloaf looks great, and I have been trying to find easy recipes that incorporate meat… mainly for my husband (but also for me, too!). Also, I’m super curious about your breakfast. How do you cook the oat bran and wheat bran? On the stove? Do you add the milk + water at the same time, and how long do you cook it? I haven’t seen many folks use wheat bran in their morning oats, and I like the idea!

    • I bring the milk + water to a boil in a pot, and then add the oatbran first. After cooking for about 3 minutes (once it begins to thicken a little), I add the wheat bran and cook until it’s thickened to how I like it. The longer you cook it, the thicker it will become. 😀

      It’s really easy and I like that it adds volume and filling fiber. 😀

  5. Love meatloaf! 🙂 And LOVE watermelon. Your blog is so summery, it makes me worry that I’m missing summer. ha, ha. I haven’t even had one blueberry yet this year!

  6. Mmmm, meatloaf. It was always my favorite food as a kid – I remember I asked my mom when I was about five if it was possible to eat TOO much – I never would have stopped! haha

    Three cheers for blueberry season!! I love it when you cook some in oatmeal just a little and they get all explode-y! I never would have thought about pairing peanut butter with them, I bet it was good 🙂

  7. Meatloaf: ADORE IT! I’m a huge fan of all the variations too- the turkey, beef, chicken, you name it! So delicious! I love the sounds of that brown sugar ketchup glaze- the perfect compliment I bet! Your meals are always sooo fresh and tasty looking, it really inspires me to eat well!

  8. I need to make meatloaf. I never liked my mom’s when I was a kid but the recipe you made sounds really good. Is the ground turkey better than red meat?

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