21 Day Fix-approved Asian-inspired comfort food. This might just be your new favorite meatloaf!
Hey peeps! Can we get real for a minute and discuss the important issues facing our country? Just kidding. I want to talk about meatloaf. Meatloaf is important, right? Let’s just pretend all of the other serious things in the world don’t exist for a few and maybe have a laugh and a drool over a good meal. I fully support a good drool, just clean up after yourself, using your good manners and all. Aaaanyway, I’ve found that meatloaf is one of those meals that can be kind of polarizing. Definitely a love it or hate it food, right? I think sometimes when a meal is like that, it can be good to try a spin on the original, ya know, like this one 🙂 But I’m curious, are you a “meatloaf is my jam” person or an “if I see a slice of that mystery meat, I will use great cunning and stealth to feed it to the dog” person?
I have to admit, I’ve always been in the “meatloaf is my jam” camp. Also, I don’t have a dog, so option number two is out for me anyway. My mom and my grandmother both make a darn fine meatloaf and it’s just one of those meals that reminds me of family dinners on a school night. Comforting, ya know? Luckily my kids like it too and I’ve made a few different iterations of it since I started cooking, like my Italian Meatloaf Roulade, which is a huge favorite at my house. Seriously, that cheesy center! <insert contented sigh>
One of the many things that I love about meatloaf is that it’s pretty quick to throw together. I mean, you mix everything up in a bowl, cringe at the raw meat under your fingernails (just me?), top it with some kind of sauce and throw it in the oven for an hour. The original set-it-and-forget-it. Well ok, probably not, but we don’t really need to get into the particulars right now, do we? In this case, we do have the extra step of making the sauce ourselves, but it’s really quick, I swear and SO worth it.
So I was recently thinking that meatloaf would be such a good use for the sauce that I made for my Baked Asian Tilapia Stir Fry, and so this Teriyaki Meatloaf was born! Seriously, that sauce is so stinking tasty. I imagine that there are at least a few of you who aren’t down with seafood and you just need this sauce in your life. Need. It’s sweet, tangy, gingery, with a little bit of heat from the chili paste*. While the sauce is the star of the show, the meatloaf itself is full of flavor and the pineapples, the PINEAPPLES! They’re the icing on the cake that just complements everything.
Anyway, I hope you guys try this one because variety is the spice of fun, people! (Btw, 10 points to anyone who gets that relatively obscure TV show reference, sometimes I can’t help myself…)
*My kids eat it and if you’ve been reading along, you already now that they are decidedly NOT down with the heat.
**Curious about that pretty carrot salad that I served with this? Click here for the recipe!
If you make this recipe be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix or use #thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂
- 2 Tbs low-sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos
- 2 Tbs low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 Tbs pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 tsp Sambal Oelek (chile paste found in the Asian food aisle) or Sriracha
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 2 lbs lean ground turkey
- 1 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped (1 pepper)
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 1 Tbs grated fresh ginger
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper (or 1/4 tsp pre-ground black pepper)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs (or regular whole wheat breadcrumbs)
- 2 Tbs low-sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos
- 1/2 cup pineapple tidbits, canned in juice, drained
To make the sauce:
- Put all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a bubble until thickened. Remove from heat.
To make the meatloaf:
- Prepare a loaf pan by spraying it with olive oil or coconut oil cooking spray. Set aside.
- Put all ingredients (except the pineapple tidbits) into a large bowl and mix gently with your hands until thoroughly blended.
- Put mixture into prepared loaf pan and pat down evenly. Pour sauce over all and top with the pineapple tidbits.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer reads at least 160 degrees.
- Let cool a few minutes, then slice into 8 slices.
21 Day Fix Container Counts per Serving: 1 Red, 1/4 Green, 1/4 Yellow, 1/4 Teaspoon (if you're wondering why there is no purple, there was too little to count)
Weight Watchers Freestyle Points: 3 points if using 99% fat free turkey, 4 points if using 93% fat free turkey
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 slice of meatloaf
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258 Total Fat: 12g