Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bulgur Meatloaf


My mom invited Matt and I over for dinner tonight. She too has been trying to cook more meals at the house, mainly because she's been doing Weight Watchers. She decided to make us a meal including the main dish of "Hearty Beef-Bulgur Meatloaf" from one of her new WW cookbooks.

The meatloaf was surprisingly good for a low-cal meal, and had a nice zesty taste thanks to the addition of a strange ingredient for meat loaf: sun-dried tomatoes!

If you're looking for a different spin on an old favorite, this is the way to go! Thanks mom!

Hearty Beef-Bulgur Loaf

Adapted from Weight Watchers Points Plus cookbook, 2010

Ingredients:
1/2 cup warm water
1/3 cup fine bulgur
1/4 cup moist-packed sun-dried tomatoes (NOT packed in oil), chopped
1 pound ground lean beef (5% fat or less)
1/3 cup plain fat free yogurt
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 large egg white
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.
Stir together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl and let soak for 10 minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients to bulgur mixture and stir to mix well.
Press into loaf pan and bake until thermometer inserted into center of loaf registers 160 degrees for well done, about 30 minutes.
Let stand 10 minutes. Cut into 8 slices.


**Just to let you know, we weren't entirely healthy tonight! I didn't take a photo of them...but we also had some brownies that came from a mix we bought at Sprecher Brewery. Unfortunately, it isn't listed on the website, but you mix their Orange Dream soda into the brownie mix to create orange-chocolate brownies.

The orange flavor was subtle, but still tasty! My mom and I figure that you could probably just mix the soda into a regular box brownie mix for the same effect! I'll have to give an update on that!

The mix is a tad pricey at $6.99, but would make a great gift when packaged with a bottle of soda. They also sell a root beer cookie mix we have had in the past, it was super delicious!

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