Meatloaf Monday

Every evening Billy or I will take Marlo for her walk. When I take her, I always make note of the strange, exotic, and mouth-watering dinner smells that emanate from all of the homes in our apartment complex. This past weekend, I happened across the most delicious smelling meatloaf. I am not a huge meat fan, and meatloaf isn’t at the top of my list for meals that make me salivate, however, the aromas coming from this apartment were definitely yummy and it made me crave meatloaf of all things! So while many people are taking part in the Meatless Monday campaign and eating their veggies on this cool fall evening, I made turkey meatloaf instead.

I was inspired by this recipe, but was out of eggs and milk, so I improvised and came up with something new. Here is the recipe I used instead. It smelled delicious while it cooked, and now that I am eating it, it totally wins! So glad I made the substitutions that I did 🙂

Adrian’s Italian turkey meatloaf

  • 1lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (you can also use marinara sauce, but I like ketchup)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl combine turkey, ricotta, and bread crumbs. Mix in salt, pepper, oregano and garlic powder. Add water as needed and combine until sticky. Transfer to a loaf pan and top with shredded mozzarella, then ketchup.  Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour.

Makes 4 servings

calories: 287, fat: 11.32, carbs: 18.3, fiber: 0.4 and only 7 Weight Watchers points per serving. (I created this recipe on the daily plate and it gave me the nutritional information based on the ingredients I listed, such a helpful tool!)

Oh, hi Gorgeous!

I think you are absolutely beautiful. You have a body to die for. You have so many unique and wonderful characteristics. You are perfect.

Now, let’s get real for a minute and recognize a problem in our lives. We women have it tough. We are constantly blasted with images of conceived perfection- super models in their skeletal glory, Victoria’s Secret Angels with their perfect tousled hair and curves for days, celebrities on the cover of tabloids with new noses, boob jobs and tummy tucks or looking like a million bucks because of their trainers and meal delivery services. If you are anything like me, this can bring you down and make you think you are fat, ugly, or need to change everything. In reality, those women work their butts off to look the way they do because they are paid to. Seriously, if you and I were paid the big bucks to look fly all the time, we would do it. I could get to the gym every day to workout with a trainer, and eat my meal service delivery food like a good little starlet if someone was paying me to.

We need to be realistic. Not all of us have the ability to workout 5 hours a day, 7 days a week to look like Katy Perry or Heidi Klum. I for one have a hard enough time fitting in my 3 runs each week, let alone follow it up with a weight session at the gym, and not just because I have a busy schedule, most of the time I. just don’t. want. to.

We also need to be realistic about what is acceptable and healthy for our bodies. Not everyone is meant to have 6 pack abs, or an hour-glass figure. One of the things that I would love to have is something I call square crotch, which is where your inner thighs don’t touch and create a gap. I have very athletic thighs, they have always touched. Even at my thinnest in high school, I didn’t have square crotch, so it’s not realistic for me to pine after them. But I do. We all have a desire to look differently, and sometimes that can cloud how we see ourselves, making us focus on all the negatives, rather than embracing the positive. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to wake up every day and truthfully say you love yourself, even the flaws? It’s deeply embedded in our culture to want perfection, so this is a tough concept to learn and employ.

To refocus my health and fitness mindset, I have made a goal to be strong and healthy, rather than skinny and weak. I know my body carries more muscle, my weight has always reflected that, so I won’t be saying I need to lose 10 pounds to get to a goal weight. Instead, I will continue to run, workout when I can, and eat sensibly, without becoming obsessed. Now, the not becoming obsessed part is probably going to be the hardest for me, since I am a control freak and I like to micromanage everything in my life. Most of all, I want to love myself the way I am now, imperfections included, and take that love into my workouts and my diet. I don’t want to change because I hate what I see, I want to change so I can be strong, run further, and most of all be healthy.

What are your healthy goals?

It is my greatest wish that all women would learn to love themselves the way they are, not with 10 less pounds, or a different nose, or thinner thighs. I hope this motivates you to love yourself and set healthy goals. I also hope you have someone in your life who tells you just how perfect you already are, and how much they love the way you look. If not, Bruno Mars can do it for you with this song …

Also, lots of hugs and many thanks to Meg, of  Life of Meg, for featuring my blog on her Fabulous Must Reads post! It is an honor and super exciting to be featured on a site I just love to visit 🙂 If you are stopping by because of Meg, THANK YOU, and welcome!

Meatless Monday: Portobello pitas and orzo salad

I would love to start participating in the “Meatless Mondays” campaign that I have noticed a lot lately, but with a hubby and a roomie that are meat fans, it’s a little hard to incorporate.

Thankfully, neither of them cook- pretty much ever- so I am able to make what I want and serve it to them and hope for the best. Both of the recipes I used tonight were from videos that popped up on my iGoogle home page. Neither of them had set amounts of ingredients, but watching the short videos gives you an idea of what, and how much exactly, you will need. I broke it down as best I could, so hopefully this works for you!

Portobello Pitas

  • 4 pita breads
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Portobello mushroom caps
  • 1 large tomato
  • herbed goat cheese
  • shredded basil, about  4 tbsp
  • salt and pepper to taste

Brush pitas with olive oil and garlic, then place on a heated grill (or grill pan) for a few minutes, then flip and toast the other side as well. Once both sides have toasted, spread goat cheese on the pitas and set aside.

Slice tomato, then sprinkle salt and pepper on tomatoes and mushroom caps. Place Portobellos on grill for 4 minutes, turn over and grill for 2 more minutes. Place tomatoes on grill and flip, about 1 minute on each side. Once veggies are grilled, assemble them on your pitas, tomatoes then Portobellos, and sprinkle with basil. I served the pitas with orzo salad and cubed cantaloupe for a nice light dinner.

Orzo salad

  • orzo, cooked as directed, without salt or oil. I made a whole package, bad idea! Way too much! I say 1/4 pkg max for 4 people.
  • 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained, with liquid reserved, chopped coarsely
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes pack in oil
  • 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion (I substituted chopped cucumber for crunch, no one here likes onions)
  • 1/4 cup fat-free feta cheese crumbles (thank you Trader Joe’s for having fat-free!)

Cook Orzo as specified without salt or oil. While orzo is cooking, chop artichokes, olives, tomatoes, spinach and onion/cucumbers, set aside. When orzo is cooked, drain and rinse with cold water, then transfer to a large bowl. Add artichokes, olives, tomatoes, spinach and onions/cucumbers, mix, and top with reserved marinade, salt and pepper, and feta cheese. Toss and serve with chopped basil if you wish.

Hope you enjoy your own meatless Monday!