Saturday, November 21, 2009

Spinach and Lentil Meatloaf & Scalloped Corn and Broccoli

I've seen people cringe when they hear the words meatloaf. It seems to be a running joke on TV shows about "Oh, we're having MEATLOAF!" in this disgusted tone.

I happen to love meatloaf. I also never had it as a child, it wasn't something that I ate until I was an adult. I now have several different recipes for meatloaf that I love.

This is a super healthy version with spinach and lentils packed with protein and fiber. Despite the odd looking picture, it is a pretty meatloaf too with all the colors of the vegetables. The scalloped corn and brocoli is delicious and you could make it a meal in itself with some added ham.

Spinach and Lentil Meatloaf

Cooking spray
1 tbsp. garlic, chopped
1/4 cup each finely diced carrots, red pepper, celery and onion
Salt and pepper
1 lb. 93% lean ground turkey
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup egg beaters or 1 egg
1 cup cooked brown lentils
1/2 of a (9 0z) pkg. frozen spinach, thawed and drained

Preheat the oven to 350. Heat cooking spray in pan and add all the vegetables except spinach and saute for 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let cool for a couple of minutes. In a large bowl, break up the turkey, stir in the cooked vegetables, broth and egg. Add lentils and mix. Add spinach and mix again. Season with salt and pepper. Spray meatloaf pan with cooking spray, place meat mixture in pan and pat down. Bake for 35 - 45 minutes or until temperature reaches about 150 degrees.

Total calories = 1050
4 servings = 263 calories
Meatloaf + Corn and Broccoli = 413 calorie dinner.

Scalloped Corn and Broccoli

1 (15 oz) can creamed corn
1/2 of a medium onion
1/2 cup egg beaters or 2 eggs
2 tbsp. sugar 
2 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese
5 oz. chopped fresh broccoli or 1/2 of bag of frozen chopped broccoli

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together the corn, eggs, splenda, flour and salt. Add the cheese and broccoli, mix well and pour into a 2 qt. casserole dish. Bake for 1 hour. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
Total calories = 600
4 servings = 150 calories

Calories calculated from, some numbers are rounded and approximate.


  1. I think that meatloaf recipe sounds really good. I might have to avoid telling me kids what's in it though. I have a lentil-averse son.

  2. You really are posting some great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing them.