As evidenced by my infrequent blogging, I have been a busy lady as of late. I'm balancing school and work, still going to the gym 4 days a week and trying to have a wee bit of a social life too. Blogging-and cooking-fall a little bit down the list.
Despite my lack of time, I still want to eat healthy. Last year I bought a lot of lunches at school. I would try to go for the healthiest option, which was usually a salad with some questionable chicken product that had fake grill marks on it. NOT tasty and NOT cheap. This year, in an effort to save my money and tastebuds, I have been bringing food from home. Because I'm short on time, I usually cook a big batch of something on Sunday and eat it throughout the week. This sounds like a tip out of a ladies' magazine you would only read at the dentist's office, but cooking food in large quantities really does save time. One week I made a big pot of chicken chili. Sometimes I'll do a few chicken breasts and cook some brown rice and vegetables to go with them. This week I made Turkey Meatloaf. I loosely followed a recipe from Oxygen magazine. The results were actually much better than I thought. The meatloaf wasn't dry at all, and had a dense burger-like texture.
1.5 lbs Lean Ground Turkey
1/2 oats, coarsely ground in a food processor
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion diced small
1 red pepper diced small
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
3-4 large white mushrooms finely chopped
About 1 tbsp mixed herbs of your choice (basil, oregano, thyme etc)
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Sautee the vegetables in the olive oil until the onions are translucent. Add all ingredients together and don't be a baby get your hands right in there and mix it all up. That's right squish it real good. Well, you might want to mix it a little bit with a wooden spoon to get it started-so your not sticking your had directly into a raw egg. Once it's all well combined pat it into a loaf shape on a parchment covered baking sheet. Cook for about 45-50 minutes in a 325 degree oven. Cut into slices and serve! It tastes good.