Pseudo-Comfort Food

Tonight was a typical “comfort food” meal… with a healthier twist (mwahahaha):

  • Meatloaf
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Fried Okra

I bought a bunch of this really cool red okra last time we were at the lake, and tonight it was at the point where I either cooked it NOW or it would spoil. The guy at the produce stand in Canton told me that the red variety is supposedly more tender than green… but isn’t it pretty?

I did the whole stewed tomatoes and okra thing a couple of weeks ago, so tonight I gave Oven Fried Okra a shot (Kath made some this weekend and I was inspired by her recipe). After chopping the okra, I mixed one beaten egg, some milk and a tbs of lemon juice in a bowl (FYI: cup of milk + either a tbs of lemon juice or white vinegar = acceptable substitute for buttermilk… look at me! I’m Alton Brown!). Then I soaked the okra in this mixture for about 20 minutes. On a plate I combined cornmeal and some Tony Cachere’s, then tossed the okra pieces a handful at a time in the cornmeal mixture. It’s messy. Bake at 450 for about 30 minutes:

YUM. I swear this is just as good as fried… especially drowned in ketchup. Brian was a huge fan.

To continue with the theme, I made one of my favorite recipes for the main dish:

Turkey Spinach Meatloaf

  • 1.25 lbs Lean Ground Turkey
  • 5 oz Chopped Baby Spinach (about 1/2 a bag)
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire
  • 1 Egg, Beaten
  • 3/4 Cup V8 (or tomato juice)
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 Cup Fine Dry Breadcrumbs (I use italian seasoned)
  • 2 Carrots, Grated
  • 1 Tbs Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 325. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into loaf and place in 1 quart loaf pan. Bake for one hour.

Finally (I know! Three dishes! I’m like the best wife ever…), our healthier version of mashed potatoes. This was inspired by a South Beach Diet recipe that we’ve played around with and made totally non-SBD acceptable. I guess it’s actually closer to creamed potatoes than mashed. Just take one bag of frozen cauliflower and cook it per the package directions for the longest recommended amount of time. I steamed mine in the microwave for 10 minutes. Then toss it into the food processor along with a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Cheese, a couple Tbs of butter substitute (Brummel & Brown is good), salt, pepper, and a squirt of my secret ingredient: WASABI PASTE. Then just pulse until you get the desired consistency. Try it… you will loooove this.

See? Looks like potatoes, right?

And here’s my whole plate. Along with my beloved ketchup in the corner:

So while I was cooking, I kept hearing this little *scratchscratchscratch* noise. After searching a while, I found this pathetic sight…

The puglet was trapped in our bedroom, along with her little protege, “Wilson”- who has been serving as our doorstop. In case you can’t tell, he’s a pug beanie baby. Chloe chewed his eyes off.

Off to bed! Speedwork at 5:45 tomorrow morning- 6 x 800′s if it’s not raining. And I’m going to try to get in a little reading in bed to see what all of this Twilight buzz is about.

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0 Responses to Pseudo-Comfort Food

  1. Rose says:

    I am definitely going to give that Turkey Spinach Meatloaf a try – it combines a lot of my favorite things. You were super woman today! Great cooking skills on all items. Good luck with the speed work!

  2. I love meatloaf. Your version looks so healthy, I definitely need to try it!

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  3. Oops, sorry for the extra “I” that I typed!

  4. HangryPants says:

    Hi! I just saw I have “Spam” comments where your comment under the name Heather went. Interesting. Anyway, I love turkey meatloaf!

  5. Kath says:

    So glad the okra turned out!! Yours looks excellent!

  6. Sammie says:

    Heather,
    I actually already own a neti pot which I did buy at WF. I used it a few times & it does work – kind of a weird sensation as you do it. Is the nasal cleanser kind of the same thing?
    I am glad that you got some hook-ups – enjoy!!

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