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Meat Muffins (a working title)

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pretty, no but very very tasty!

pretty, no but very very tasty!

Meatloaf, beatloaf, double bubble beatloaf, unlike Randy in A Christmas Story, we love meatloaf. In my effort to cut down on calories and meat in my diet, meatloaf has gone by the wayside, which is sad because there is little else that satisfies like it during an Ohio winter.

I have researched my light recipe resources and come up with this amalgam of several diet meatloaf recipes. This one makes individual “loafs” in a jumbo cupcake/muffin pan. If you don’t have one, and don’t want to commit the dinero in purchasing one, I bought the disposable version in the tin foil aisle at the grocery store. You know, the place you visit once a year for the disposable turkey roaster. It’s amazing what they have done with disposable bake wear, it’s not just for Thanksgiving anymore.

Anyways, I call them meat muffins, which I am told “just sounds wrong.”  Whatever you want to call them they go great with Crashed Potatoes which is more a technique rather than a recipe.  I have seen them in a lot of books, but I tend to follow the version in the Pioneer Woman’s second cookbook.  I love her recipes they are delicious an easy to follow, but I spend my day working clients instead of cattle, so they don’t really match my life’s daily caloric expenditure.

The nutrition information is an estimate, averaged from the ingredients used.  It should be pretty close, but when in doubt add 20 calories just to be safe.

Meat Muffins

Makes 6- takes about 50 minutes start to finish

1 pkg. ground turkey (19 oz) 93% lean

½ medium onion (chopped fine)

½ red bell pepper (chopped fine)

1 cup old fashion oats

3/4 cup shredded carrots (chopped)

2 eggs (beaten)

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

½ tsp chili powder

½ tsp cumin

2 tbsp chili sauce (or substitute 1 ½  tbsp of ketchup & ½ tbsp hot sauce)

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tbsps ketchup

6 slices turkey bacon

Preheat oven to 350.        Mix all ingredients except ketchup and bacon in large bowl until combined. Spray jumbo cupcake/muffin tin with cooking spray, line 6 muffin holes with bacon slices.  Spoon 3/4 cup of meat mixture in holes, press lightly.  Brush ketchup sparingly over meat mixture.  Bake for 40 minutes.

Nutrition information: 235 calories each, 9 grams fat, 17 carbohydrates and 20 grams protein.

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Crashed Potatoes

1 1/2 pound small red or fingerling potatoes

olive oil

4 cloves garlic chopped fine

3 tbsp fresh rosemary chopped fine

Preheat oven to 450. Place potatoes in large saucepan covered in 3 inches of salted water bring to a boil and continue to cook 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain potatoes and place on baking sheet. Gently smash potatoes (I use a tiny saucepan) until the skins break and the potatoes flatten slightly.  Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle garlic and rosemary, salt and pepper to taste, then bake for 20 minutes until crispy.

Nutrition information: 94 calories, 4 grams fat, 14 carbohydrates and 2 grams protein

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Applebees, you’re killing me here

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Applebees, may I ask you what’s up? What is it that I have done to you to make you hate me so. Let me fill you in, I am meeting my M.O.M. (which of course stands for Mother of all Mayhem) tonight for dinner to hand off about a pallet of Girl Scout cookies which she sold on my daughter’s behalf. Since she lives over two hours away, we generally meet at a midway point for dinner and Applebees fits the bill.

Now I have always been of the opinion that Applebees is a fine establishment, serving tasty American fare at fairly reasonable prices. All of that may still be true but, has anyone taken the time to read the nutritional information on their food?

I fancy myself a bit of an amateur chef so I am hip to fact that restaurants make their food taste great by adding copious amounts of salt, butter or both. That does not shock me, but the effect it has on the caloric output of the food has given me a case of the vapors.

As chronicled here, I am alloted 1300ish calories in a day. That total day allotment is eclipsed by one serving of Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad (1320), Hand-Battered Fish & Chips (1570) or Three Cheese Penne (1300). Even the Oriental Chicken Salad, an Applebees best seller weighs in at 1390, if you get it will grilled chicken it only brings it down to 1290. Outrageous.

I see that they have a Weight Watchers section that has 7 options.  Since I don’t eat shrimp or mushrooms (it’s a texture thing) that takes it down to 3 for me and even those are in the 500 range.  Of those 3 options the sodium count averages 1926. Yikes, can’t use the butter, so I guess you double up on the salt it’s low cal!

No wonder we all need to lose weight in this country, we don’t have a chance. Unless you win the genetic lottery or are an in-training, professional athlete, there is no way you can eat out and not blimp up.

What’s a girl to do? I know I am being a total Debbie Downer here, but this is depressing.  Applebees, I like you but c’mon man you gotta work with me here this is simply not cool.

Cheers,

Dazey

Well that’s just mean…

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Ok so I am putting Lose It! on notice, they are just being mean. Now I know, it is not their fault and I should not “hate the player” but c’mon man!

Here is what happened. As you probably know, I have started a weight loss odyssey. I am fortunate that I don’t have to lose a lot of weight, but losing 15 pounds presents its own unique set of challenges.

I started using Lose It! (exclamation point is theirs, not mine) at the beginning of the year to track my caloric intake and exercise. I plugged in my current weight, how much I wanted to lose and how fast I wanted to lose it. In return, I was given a caloric budget to reach my goal. My budget was 1436, seems reasonable, thanks a lot, nice doing business with you.

After week one I gleefully reported to my Lose It! overlord that I lost 2 pounds. It was great to see the little line on the goal graph head south. There were no bells, whistles or other sounds effects signifying my victory, which would have been nice, but not necessary. I carried on, determined to keep up the good work. I am very coachable.

Lo and behold after another week, I was down another 2 pounds, this really is working out marvelously. I reported my good news to my little digital friend and, again no applause, but the graph line movement was going to have to be enough.  My excitement lasted until the first time I went to key in an english muffin and realized, my caloric budget had been slashed to 1390.

WHAT!!! Well, needless to say I Lost it! (exclamation point mine this time). That is just mean. Now the thrill of stepping on the scale and seeing the needle stop, (yes, I use an old school scale, I like that the result can be open to interpretation) is now tempered by the fact I will have to report this success to my phone and I will be forced to either exercise more or eat less the next week, neither option is super appealing because I am a little lazy and like to eat.

In conclusion, I realize it is not the folks at Lose It!’s fault that you are essentially punished for good behavior, I am just saying I am going to blame them.

Cheers,
Dazey