I have a thing against meatloaf.
Fun childhood trauma story for you today.
Once upon a time, there was a small girl. One night her mother made meatloaf for dinner. The girl wasn’t feeling well and didn’t want to eat the meatloaf. Despite her complaints, her mother made the girl finish her plate.
Then tragedy struck! The girl ran for the bathroom and was sick to her stomach. That was the last time the child ate meatloaf. Until today.
It has been 26 years since I’ve eaten meatloaf, but I decided to brave it for my better half.
Vegas loves meatloaf. After proving my point about quinoa, I decided to do her a solid and make one of her favorite meals. Using quinoa. Mwahahaha!
She also loves BBQ, so I went for extra brownie points by using it in this loaf. I happen to love my BBQ sauce, so that made this meatloaf palatable to me. More than palatable. I loved it. Don’t tell my mother.
I used quinoa flakes and chia seeds to health-ify this loaf. You could use the traditional bread crumbs if that’s what you prefer. We enjoyed the ‘loaf with arugula salad and roasted baby artichokes.
BBQ Quinoa Meatloaf
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 C carrots, minced
- 2 T fresh rosemary, minced
- 3/4 C BBQ sauce
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1/2 C quinoa flakes
- 1 T chia seeds (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400.
In a large pan, sauté onion in a bit of olive oil over medium high heat until just starting to turn clear. Add the garlic and cook for a ~1 min more. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl, combine veggies, egg, ground turkey, quinoa flakes, chia seeds, and half a cup of the sauce. Using your hands mix together the ingredients.
Press mixture into a lightly-greased loaf pan. Place in the oven and bake for 30 mins. Remove from the oven and glaze the loaf with the remaining sauce. Then cook for 5-10 mins more, or until the loaf has reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
Makes 6 servings.
Approximate Nutritionals: 188 calories, 7.2g fat, 76.4g sodium, 11g carbohydrates, 2.4g fiber, 2.9g sugar, 17.1g protein
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week… that makes me marvelously happy.
Are you a meatloaf fan?
What’s your favorite BBQ sauce?