Saturday, September 28, 2013

Zucchini Stuffed Meatloaf

I had an great night's sleep on Thursday night and it made such a difference. I was able to get up early on Friday, have an amazing breakfast, a successful conference call, go to the gym and do some plyos, treat myself to coffee, and make another batch of my coconut plantain muffins (recipe coming up next!!) all before I had to be back at school for our match. I also took pictures of the dinner I made the night before, which is the recipe I'd like to share with you today!! It is so quick to make and I am sure there are so many possibilities with this that I have yet to explore, but it's a good start and maybe it will inspire you to be creative and try your own variations :-)

Zucchini Stuffed Meatloaf

Zucchini Stuffed Meatloaf
Zucchini Stuffed Meatloaf

Ingredients
  • Approx. 1.5 lbs ground turkey or beef (mine was 94% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini (I used two halves of different colored zucchini)
  • 1 egg
  • Approx. 1 tbsp salt, plus more for vegetables
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning 
  • 1/4 cup parmesan (optional)

Zucchini Stuffed Meatloaf

Directions
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together the ground meat, chopped onion, egg, Italian seasoning, and salt.
  • Grease a non-stick meatloaf or bread pan, and place about half on the mixture inside the pan, pressing down in the middle to create a valley for the zucchini.
  • Cut zucchini in half lengthwise, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and/or Parmesan. Place into the indent and press in slightly. 
  • Use the remainder of the ground meat to cover the top of the zucchini. Top the loaf with additional Parmesan if desired.
  • Bake for about 45-50 minutes on 350 degrees, covering if necessary. Increase temperature to 400 and bake for another 7-10 minutes to bronze.
Enjoy, get creative, and let me know what you think :-) Happy saturday everyone, and please remember to share the love!

                                                    

12 comments:

  1. Looks amazing! I'm loving zucchini as of late...in everything! :)

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    1. Thanks me too!! Especially grilled zucchini yummm...

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  2. Love this idea! The Italian seasoning was a bit heavy for me... going to lighten it up a little next time!

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    1. yes it seems like way too much but ill let you know when i eat it, also i added only a bit of salt....1 tbsp for that amount of meat feels like a mountain

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  3. Wow, this is nearly identical to my turkey burgers, sans the egg. You know though, fat is good for you so I use the regular (dark and light) ground turkey. It is so much better and moist.

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    1. I usually love the dark meat too, just tend to get the lean ground one for some reason...i'll have to try switching things up soon! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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    2. I did beef and chicken- ill keep you posted

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  4. Really freaking good! A tbsp was a little too much salt for my taste but still very delicious. I added chopped jalapeño into the loaf and topped it with tomato sauce when done. Soo good!

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    1. Hey Holly!

      It's amazing with the jalapeños! You're right - may have eyeballed a bit too much with the tbsp. Hope you get to enjoy again! Best, Gabi

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  5. I just made this and added uncured smoked bacon,.who doesn't love bacon in everything? Can't wait to try this!!

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    1. Wait that's genius! Actually, most things with bacon turn out to be genius but thanks so much for trying this out and putting your own twist on it! Let me know how it turned out :-)

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  6. LOVE this recipe. Keep coming back to it. <3 <3 THANK YOU

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