Ever heard of avocado meatloaf?
Let me just tell you: It’s fantastic. And totally free of sugar. I’m so excited to share this concoction because I created a recipe that actually tastes good! And it was a huge encouragement that I made something so yummy that didn’t need a sugar crutch.
My friend Rachel found the original meatloaf recipe in the Better Home & Gardens cookbook, and I heavily modified it to fit the sugar smackdown guidelines. I served it to a couple of my friends who have a history of disliking meatloaf, and they both asked for seconds. The entire pan was gone in less than 30 minutes. I feel ridiculously accomplished. 🙂
Instead of topping the meatloaf with a sauce-based glaze, I used fresh salsa. It was far superior, IMHO. For the side dish, I served a spinach salad with homemade berry vinaigrette (recipe below in my progress report).
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mushrooms
1 shredded carrot (medium)
1 finely chopped onion (small)
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon mild chili powder
2 pounds ground turkey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large pan, warm about a tablespoon of olive oil.
Add everything except the turkey and stir until everything is lightly sauteed and mixed together.
Remove vegetable mix from heat and combine with ground turkey in a large bowl. Mix until well combined.
Press mixture into a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
Bake meatloaf for 75 to 90 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
Day 4 Progress Report
Breakfast – Smoothie (plain Greek yogurt, banana, strawberries, blueberries, almond milk), black coffee.
Felt full until lunchtime. Black coffee doesn’t make me wince anymore. I’m enjoying the flavor a lot more.
Lunch – Chicken flavored with paprika, basil, and garlic. Served over quinoa/brown rice mix. Carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower on the side.
Spices are definitely my friend. I’m becoming a big fan of paprika.
Snack – Dried fruit and nut mix (almonds, cashews, dried cranberries and blueberries).
Dinner – Avocado meatloaf topped with fresh salsa, spinach salad with berry vinaigrette (handful of blueberries and strawberries blended with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup olive oil).
Snack – air-popped popcorn, 2 cuties.