10.26.2010

Tasty Tuesdays - CLEAN Turkey Loaf

Oh girls.....this is my favorite recipe thus far out of my newest edition of Eat Clean Recipes.
If you don't have this {or any for that matter} of her books, it's a must have-stick it on your Christmas list!

Do you remember when you were a child {surely I'm not the only one} and you would eat (((gasp))) tv dinners? Did you ever eat the 1 that was salisbury steak? Well, this is it but in a good way!!!! I added brown gravy w/brown rice. TO.DIE.FOR.  


I am not a spinach fan....loved this:) I am a spinach eater now! Ofcourse, I tweeked the recipe b/c the flip flop household doesn't bring onions or celery through the front door!! So flippin good! Yes, y'all, this is one that is almost even better the next day!! 


For some reason, I feel the need to go buy the Popeye DVD...remember the movie? loved it!

Ingredients

    2 tblsp. (25 mL) 
    extra-virgin olive oil 
2 purple or Vidalia (sweet) onions 
1/2 cup (125 mL) celery, chopped
fine Sea salt and freshy ground pepper
6 cups (1.5 L) baby spinach leaves, washed 
6 cups (1.5 L) baby arugula leaves {this i omitted}
1 tsp. (5mL) water 
1 cup (250 mL) fresh basil leaves 
2 tblsp. (25 mL) fresh cilantro, minced 
4 egg whites plus 1 yolk 
1 tblsp. (15 mL) tomato paste mixed with 1 tblsp. (15 mL) water 
3/4 cup (175 mL) low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg) ground turkey breast (no skin or fat) 
3/4 cup (175 mL) oat bran (or substitute oatmeal ground in a blender)
 1/4 cup (50 mL) ground flax seeds


Directions

1. Place rack in centre of oven and preheat to 375 deg. F. (190 deg C). Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan and cook onions and celery until translucent but not browned. Season to taste with sal, pepper and transfer to a small bowl to cool.

2. Add spinach and arugula to the frypan with 1 tsp. (5 mL) water. Cook until greens are wilted. Remove from heat and let cool. Add basil and cilantro to the wilted greens and mix well. {considering I have never cooked spinach before, I about wet my pants when it cooked down to  n o t h i n g..ha!!}
3. In a large bowl, add egg whites, yolk, tomato paste mixutre and broth. Mix well. Add ground turkey, oat bran and flax seeds along with cooked onions and clelery. Spray clean hands with cooking spray and mix the turkey well.


4. In a 10-in (25 cm) loaf pan coated with cooking spray, place half of the turkey mixture; spread evenly. Transfer wilted greens and herbs to the loaf pan and distribute evenly on top of the turkey mixture. Now, top with remaining turkey mixture and smooth the surface.




5. Bake 1.5 hours, or until a meat thermometer inserted in the centre shows 160 deg. F (71 deg C). Remove from oven, place on a rack and cool 15 minutes to set properly. Once set, remove from pan and slice into individual servings with a very sharp knife.




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8 comments :

  1. This sounds so delicious! I love arugula and spinach. How perfect to layer it IN the turkey loaf. I will be making this for sure!

    Off to Whole Foods in a little while to do my grocery shopping. I will be adding some of these ingredients to my list.

    Thanks for posting!

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  2. This sounds scrumptious ... I always look forward to your Tuesdays. I will be doing less onions as well.. happy Tuesday.. xo HHL

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  3. Margie aka M aka Narg10/26/10, 11:25 AM

    Looks good - Will you cook it for me when I come to visit?? Pick a weekend in November - I will see what I can do!! Fri PM to Mon AM

    XOXO Narg

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  4. I love your blog! It's so cute! I'm always looking to find healthy recipes for my family so I will definitely have to add that book to my Christmas list!

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  5. I actually really like spinach so I'm going to have to try this dish for sure!

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  6. YUM! I am a total spinach addict!

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