If you’re a quinoa lover than you must try it in your meatloaf, from our friends at Whole Foods

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 large carrot, quartered
  • 1 celery stalk, quartered
  • 2 1/2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten, or 1 tablespoon chia seeds soaked in 1/4 cup water for 15 minutes
  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground meat (turkey or chicken)
  • 1 1/4 cup quinoa, cooked then cooled
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup ketchup or barbecue sauce

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place onion and garlic in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large skillet. Add carrot and celery to the food processor, and pulse until chopped. Add spinach and pulse a few times more. Add to the skillet. Place the skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring until vegetables release liquid. Continue cooking until liquid evaporates and vegetables begin to brown, about 8 minutes; add water a tablespoon at a time, if necessary, to keep vegetables from sticking. Transfer to a large bowl.

Add egg, ground meat, quinoa, soy sauce and black pepper to the bowl, and mix gently with your hands. Scrape mixture onto the baking sheet and form into a loaf approximately 4 inches wide and 10 inches long; wet your hands if the mixture is very sticky. Spread top of loaf with ketchup or barbecue sauce. Bake until cooked through and browned, about 40 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before slicing.

Nutritional Info

Per Serving: 170 calories (30 from fat), 3.5g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 80mg cholesterol, 360mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 21g protein