One Loaf To Love

So about two years ago I was approached by a publishing company to review a new cookbook. They graciously sent me a copy of it, and I proceeded to ignore it.

It’s not that I didn’t like the cookbook. I was unmotivated. Unlike with dessert baking, I had never used a recipe for “meal” food. Now that I’m doing so, here we are.

The book I received is called “Eat, Shrink and Be Merry” and it is by Janet and Greta Podleski.

The first recipe I tried is a vegetable-filled meatloaf recipe called…er…One Loaf To Love.

You see, every recipe in the book is given a punny name; the title and the brief write-up follow a theme, which more often than not has nothing to do with the food. That’s all right, though. This is the cookbook for me. I love dumb puns, and I love the little cartoons that are included with each recipe.

Every recipe in the book also includes nutritional information for the calorie-conscious. This is a nice, handy guide.

Better late than never, right?

Anyway, the meat loaf. It was spectacular. Moist, flavorful, and packed full of vegetables. This is the best picture I got.

The prep time was a little long (dicing the vegetables took a while), but with a meal this good, it was worth it.

So consider looking into this book. I’ll be making more from the book soon, so keep checking in. If the other recipes taste this good, we have a bookshelf staple.

One Loaf To Love
Zesty vegetable-and-cheese-stuffed meat loaf
(from “Eat, Shrink and Be Merry” by Janet and Greta Podleski)

Our sensational stuffed meat loaf is nothin’ like the old rubbery meat loaf they serve down at the General Hospital. We’ve dramatically improved this popular comfort food so it’s not only Bold, it’s Beautiful. All My Children (and yours) will adore it!

1 cup finely diced mushrooms
1/2 cup each finely diced red bell pepper, zucchini, and onions
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp dried basil
1 1/2 lbs (680 g) extra-lean ground beef
1 cup fresh whole wheat bread crumbs or 1/2 cup dry unseasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp barbeque sauce or ketchup
1 pkg (.9 oz/25 g) hamburger seasoning mix*
1 egg
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup packed shredded light Monterey Jack, provolone, or mozzarella cheese (2 oz/57 g)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a medium, non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Add mushrooms, red pepper, zucchini, onions, and garlic. Cook and stir over medium heat until vegetables are tender, about five minutes. Add basil and cook 1 more minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup barbeque sauce, hamburger seasoning mix, egg, parsley, and pepper. Mix well using your hands.

One a large sheet of waxed paper, form meat mixture into a 10×12-inch rectangle. Make sure edges are nice and straight, not jagged. Spread reserved vegetable filling over meat, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle with cheese. Roll up meat load from the shorter (10-inch) end, lifting the waxed paper to help get it started. Roll it as tightly as possible. Pinch seam closed.

Transfer meat loaf to a broiler pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and spread remaining 2 tbsp barbeque sauce over meat loaf. Return to oven and bake for 10 more minutes, or until meat is cooked through and a meat thermometer inserted in the center registers 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Let meat loaf stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

*TIP: There are several varieties of dry hamburger seasoning mixes on the market, but we like Club House Superburger the best. It comes in a small envelope and you can usually find it in the aisle where gravy mixes are sold.


3 Responses to “One Loaf To Love”

  1. Somehow that heap of broccoli looks delicious. I’m not sure why…

  2. Broccoli is one of my favorite colis, second only to E. coli.

  3. Exactly how much time did it take you to compose “One
    Loaf To Love | Ugly Food for an Ugly Dude”?
    It features quite a bit of good information.
    Thanks a lot ,Terese

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