Foodie Friday: Sweet Tooth Filler & Lean Meatloaf

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TGIF!

I promised to those who follow me on Facebook (eh hem) that I would post the recipes from some of my meal prep this week.  So here you go, I hope you give one of these a whirl this weekend:

Sweet Potato-Apple-Ginger Puree

  • 4 cups (32 oz) vegetable broth
  • 2 large sweet potatoes – peeled and chopped
  • 2 large apples (2 cups) – peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium sweet onion or 1/2 large onion – chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic minced (more if you desire)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 celery ribs, halved
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon 

1. In a separate bowl, wisk the vegetable broth, ginger, garlic, honey and cinnamon.  Set aside

2. In the crock pot, place the sweet potatoes, apples, celery halves and onion.

3.  Pour the vegetable broth mix over the contents of the crockpot, cook on low for 4 – 5 hours or on high for 3.

4.  Once mix is cooked (be sure potatoes are cooked through), remove contents and puree in a food processor or blender.

It’s a really interesting blend that cures a sweet tooth AND makes me quite full.  I’ve used it as my “dessert” item or side dish this week.

Lean Meatloaf with Carrots

  • 1 pound lean, ground turkey
  • 1 pound lean, ground lamb (or beef)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup reduced sugar ketchup
  • 1.5 tablespoon Worcester sauce
  • 1/2 chopped green or red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 onion chopped ( I used vidalia)
  • 1 pound of carrots (baby and/or hand cut)

1.  Place the carrots in the bottom of a large crock pot.

2.  In a separate bowl that will be big enough to handle the 2 pounds of meat, mix together 1/2 cup of the ketchup, the Worcester sauce, egg, oats, onion and pepper.

3.  Mix meat into the ketchup mixture, breaking pieces off and adding a little at a time.  However do NOT overwork the meat.

4.  Mold the meat into a meat into a loaf shape and place over the carrots in the crock pot.

5.  Cook on low for 4 hours or until loaf is completely cooked.  The carrots will have been flavored by the fats of the meat, as well as keep the bottom of the meatloaf from being too moist.

6.  During the last 15 minutes of the cooking cycle, take the remaining 1/4 cup of ketchup and spread on top of the loaf.

There you go!  Enjoy your weekend!

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