For starters, let’s get this out of the way: this meatloaf is not the same thing as one made with ground beef! It’s creamy white and needs a bit more added flavor to be satisfactory. Then… why do it?
The answer, my friends, is versatility. In the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan, an S (satisfactory) meal is higher in fats but very low in carbs. An E (energizing) meal is just the opposite: it’s low in fat and moderate with good carbs. FP? This stands for Fuel Pull and means that the fuels have been “pulled” away from the meal so it is both low fat AND low carb.
If you’re not a THMer, I can see you scratching your head. Sounds like low-calorie diet food, right? Who wants THAT on a regular basis? Well, here’s the deal, at least for me. Having a Fuel Pull base for a meal is versatile. On the first evening, hubby had his with a baked golden potato and lots of butter for a crossover (both carbs and fats). I left both carbs and fats off my plate with a large salad with a light dressing. Every once in a while, a Fuel Pull is just fine.
But the real reason I made it this way was for the leftovers, because I have always adored meatloaf sandwiches! In the two years since I started THM, I’ve only made meatloaf from ground beef before this, so making sandwiches means a succession of crossovers. Hubby can handle multiple crossovers. He’s not overweight. I, on the other hand, would like to limit mine. But with a Fuel Pull meatloaf and whole grain sprouted bread? A solid E (for energizing) meal that is low in fat, big on flavor, and moderate in carbs.
You with me? Let’s get started.
Recipe: Chicken Meatloaf (THM FP)
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• 1.5 pounds lean ground chicken or turkey (95% or greater fat-free)
• 1/2 cup large flake rolled oats
• 2/3 cup almond or cashew milk
• 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
• 1/4 cup egg whites
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
• 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
• 1/4 teaspoon dry sage
Preheat oven to 350º. Mix all the above in a large bowl, then pat into a loaf pan. It will be gloppy. That’s okay! Smooth it out then squirt over the top approximately:
• 1/4 cup sugar-free ketchup (I can buy this readily in Canada – stevia-sweetened Blue Menu brand from President’s Choice) (or make your own ketchup)
Smooth this to the edges. Bake for 90 minutes. Slice and serve with your choice of sides for the THM fuel of your choice. I was disappointed to be out of sweet potatoes the day I made this meatloaf, because that would have been the perfect E side. As it was, I stuck with FP while hubby had a baked golden potato loaded with butter for a crossover.
Enjoy! It’s delicious. But now for the best part…LEFTOVERS!
Recipe: Chicken Meatloaf Sandwiches (THM E)
• 2 slices of on-plan bread (whole-grain sprouted or true sourdough)
• 1 teaspoon mayo spread on one slice (up to 5 grams of fat)
• 1 teaspoon sugar-free ketchup spread on the other slice
• thin slices of meatloaf for the middle
Don’t forget to add a salad with low-fat dressing or some fresh-cut veggies to the side of your sandwich plate!
Yum. Meatloaf sandwiches will be my lunch for a few days, and I couldn’t be happier.
This is a protein Sadie from Raindrops on Radishes would embrace early in her THM journey, because a diet food would feel RIGHT to her! It will take longer to wrap her mind around the meatloaf sandwich, but she’ll get there…
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