Meatloaf is a fantastic food because you can make it on a Sunday and it only takes about 20 minutes to prepare. The great thing about this recipe is that you’ll have leftovers for the week because it makes a total of 6 servings. Traditional meatloaf can be high in fat, depending on how you prepare it. This is a great variation on meatloaf with everything in one pan – protein, carbohydrates and veggies all wrapped up in good fats and great Tuscan seasoning. Serve this with a side salad and you are guaranteed not only a great meal but one that will offer a healthy alternative that is truly good for your body.
Here is what you will need:
2 – 15 ounce cans no salt added white beans (drained and rinsed)
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp rubbed sage
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground fennel seed
4 cloves garlic (finely minced)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 1/2 lbs extra lean ground beef
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion (diced)
2 ribs celery (diced)
1 medium carrot (peeled and diced)
1 – 15 ounce cans no salt added diced tomatoes (un-drained)
8 large black olives (thinly sliced)
1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Mash 1/2 can of the beans together with the oregano, paprika, fennel, 3 cloves of the garlic, salt and pepper.
Mix the ground beef together with the mashed beans until well blended. Fold in the other 1/2 can of beans.
Roll the mixture into a large ball and then shape it into a loaf. Place the loaf in the refrigerator.
Place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the onions, celery and carrot and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, stir and add the second can of white beans and sliced olives and the water.
Place the meatloaf in a pan surrounded by the vegetable and bean mixture.
Place the pan in the oven. Cook for about 90 minutes, basting the top occasionally with the tomato sauce from the pan. Cook until the internal temperature is 150°F. Remove from the oven and let rest for about 5 – 10 minutes before slicing.
Servings = 6
Serving size = 1/6 meatloaf with beans and sauce
Cooking Time = 120 Minutes