Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Spicy Meatloaf

Two years ago today, on a cold and snowy afternoon, I married the love of my life. Yes, the Brain and I have been married two years ago today. To celebrate we're having lunch because tonight I have to give a presentation on alternate methods of finding trigonometric identities using the unit circle and the Brain has a golf outing. I think he gets to have more fun. So, as I run off to lunch, I leave you with this delicious and comforting meatloaf that is good for your body and super comforting. I even romanticized the photo... (meatloaf isn't the most photogenic.)

Spicy Meatloaf
adapted from the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook

2 tsp olive oil
8 oz. package of baby portabella mushrooms finely chopped
1 onion finely chopped
1 carrot finely chopped
1 celery stalk finely chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 large egg
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
5 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried thyme
pinch dried sage
1/2 tsp sirracha sauce
1/4 cup tomato sauce

Preheat the oven to 350°F; spray a 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil and saute the vegetables for 5 minutes or until softened.

In a large bowl, combine the sauteed vegetables, beef, oats, egg, tomato paste, Worcestershire, garlic, rosemary, sage, thyme, and sirracha sauce. Place in the pan and shape into a loaf about 7x5x2 inches. Bake 30 minutes. Top with the tomato sauce and bake another 30 to 45 minutes. Cut into 8 slices and serve.

12 comments:

Siri said...

Congrats! Very romantic meatloaf. And cute cloak, by the way. Warm-weather weddings are totally overrated.

Zesty Cook said...

Great looking meatloaf. Congrats on the wedding anniversary

zesty

the cheap chick said...

Congratulations! You both look lovely, as does the recipe. And I hope you enjoyed your romantic lunch together.

Dare I say it? I dare... Ooooo, Afternoon Delight!

Peter M said...

Happy Anniversary MAry...nice to see you chose a comforting meatloaf for the occasion.

Amanda said...

Aww, y'all look so cute! Happy Anniversary--you're still newlyweds after all, and what a fun way to celebrate. Your meatloaf sounds very zesty, indeed!

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy anniversary! Lunch is always fun!

Cynthia said...

I'm a few days late but nevertheless, Happy Anniversary!!!

Grace said...

that's a picture of utter bliss, and i love it. i mean the wedding shot, not the meatloaf...although the meatloaf's pretty terrific, too. :)

breadchick said...

A bit late to say Congratulations. I hope you both had a good lunch and the evening events were a success too.

I'm not sure, I think Trig is more fun than golf but what do I know. I write "10" on all 18 wholes of my score card, toss it back in my golf bag and say "let's go!" when I play golf...

Emily said...

Mmm hot and spicy meatloaf.
Sound delicious.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

glamah16 said...

Happy Anniversary! I have no idea what you are presenting but hope it went well.

Miss. Von Schtoop said...

Hey bloggerganger! I have to say that is a fantastic wedding photo! Happy anniversary!