I know my mom is going to cringe when she reads this, but I LOVE meatloaf! I had never even seen meatloaf before until I started making Jamie's Turkey Meatloaf Muffins a few months ago. My mom isn't a big meat eater and the thought of meatloaf grosses her out-- and it grossed me out too... until recently! I fell in love with the turkey meatloaf muffins and now have made this monster meatloaf recipe every week since Jamie posted it on her facebook page. The ingredients sound a little weird, and trust me I was very skeptical at first- but it turns out awesome and is low carb which is great for those in the carb cycling phase of the LiveFit trainer.
Before I get into the recipe I wanted to share what I have been using as a soy sauce alternative. Bragg's has a great line of healthy all natural products that I definitely recommended checking out. The liquid aminos are awesome because it tastes just like soy sauce but has only a fraction of the sodium. I use this in any recipe that calls for soy sauce and have had great results. Okay now on to the recipe. [Warning: meatloaf does not photograph very well, but don't judge a book by it's cover people!]
1/2 onion chopped
1 bell pepper (I use green) chopped
1 tsp pepper (I use more like 2)
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp minced garlic
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup Bragg's liquid aminos
1/4 cup Bragg's liquid aminos
2 tsp no salt added tomato paste
2 packages of extra lean ground chicken or turkey (I'm guessing beef would work too)
1 cup quick cooking oats (I left these out this week for the carb cycle)
1/3 cup (about) reduced sugar ketchup
It's really simple to make once you have all the ingredients chopped and ready to go. Just throw it all into a large mixing bowl (except the ketchup) and mix well with your hands. (Jamie recommended cooking the onion and bell pepper and spices before hand, then adding them in once they have cooled, but I like the veggies a little crunchier so I skip this step.) Then place your mixture into a prepared 9 x 13 pyrex dish and evenly spread your ketchup over the top of the mixture. Depending on your oven, bake for 1 to 1.5 hours at 350 degrees.
That's it! I hope you try it despite it's name and appearance... I mean it is meatloaf, what do you expect!? :)
Speaking of appearance, I am having a constant debate in my head about the end of the LiveFit Trainer. I have absolutely loved it so far and my concern is that over these last 3 weeks I'm going to lose too much of my hard earned muscle. The end of the program focuses on carb cycling, plyos, HIIT, and circuit training and after a week and a half I can already tell I'm losing muscle (fat too!). This was expected, but I just don't like it. I think I may stop phase 3 after this week and jump back into phase 2 to continue building muscle. My reasoning: although I really want to lean out and see my abs finally 'pop' I really don't have a reason for it. At the end of the trainer I'm going to go back to the muscle building phase anyway, so what is the point of leaning out? I think phase 3 will be perfect once summer rolls back around, but I really want to spend winter trying to increase lean muscle and strength. So, that's what I'm leaning towards (for now) we'll see what happens over the next couple of days....
Any of you doing the trainer? What do you think about phase 3?