My Weight Loss Progress:
This includes about 16 lbs. lost on my preop diet. I've lost the rest since surgery.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Meatloaf and mashed potatoes

I felt like some comfort food today. Given that my new year's resolution was to build meals around what I have in the fridge/freezer/pantry, I looked in the freezer and found some grass-fed beef and happy Italian sausage (I love Whole Foods - their meat standards program is amazing). So, I decided to make meatloaf and cheesy mashed potatoes. The potato recipe is really nothing special - the only thing that makes it amazing is the Cabot 75% reduced-fat cheddar. God, this post is reading like a freaking ad, but I'm serious - this stuff is amazing. It quite literally melts like full-fat cheese. SO WORTH the extra $$. Every time I buy a different reduced fat cheese I regret it heartily.

Anyway, here's the meatloaf recipe:

Sleevey's Seriously Yummy Meatloaf
1 T olive oil
~ 1 t crushed garlic
a few shakes of dehydrated onion
1 lb 7% fat grass-fed beef
2/3 lb mild Italian sausage
salt and pepper
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1/3 + 1/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup breadcrumbs (I made them for the first time from some stale bread I'd frozen - so easy!)
2 eggs, beaten

Heat oven to 350. Saute the garlic and onion in olive oil and cool until touch-able. Knead together all of the ingredients (except the last 1/4 c ketchup) in a large bowl. Spray a small baking dish with cooking spray. Press meat mixture into dish, spread the last 1/4 c ketchup on top. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Makes about 12 servings.


  1. Yum! Okay, I'm so impressed anyway that things hanging out in your freezer contain grass-fed beef and Italian sausage. :) Those would be straight-from-the-store-to-the-frying-pan things at my house! Freezer is boring food. This recipe looks delicious - I am one-week post-sleeve, so cardboard with ketchup looks delicious :) but I think your recipe is a keeper, for sure!

  2. You're right, the RF cheddar does melt perfectly :) Our farm family owners appreciate your support! Thanks for sharing your recipes, I can't wait to try this one.

  3. Julie: nothing impressive! I just buy lots when it's on sale. The "friendly" meats I like to use (meaning non-feedlot meat) are pretty expensive, but WF almost always has a sale going on something so I stock up.
    And by the way, congrats on your surgery! I'm sure you'll do great! The first couple weeks are tough but before you know it it'll be a year later and you'll be 80 lbs lighter :)
    Jacquelyn: always happy to plug my favorite products. I figure that if I think it's exceptional, it deserves a shoutout - bonus if it happens to be a small business! I like to think I'm doing folks a favor by pointing them towards RF cheese that tastes like cheese rather than like rubber.