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.


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


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.


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!