The worst part about losing weight is losing the things you love to eat. I LOVE to eat out, but when you’re trying to drop pounds or trim up, you just can’t because restaurant foods are laced with extra salt, oils and unnecessary carbs. One of my favorite meals is the italian sausage meatloaf at Murphy’s in Virginia Highland, and here’s the recipe I made that tastes EXACTLY the same but doesn’t use the bread crumbs and add extra calories.
This recipe is involved and takes a while, but it’s best to do on a Sunday afternoon and it makes enough for 6 servings. You will need a loaf pan to cook it in.
1/3 c. olive oil1 lg. onion4 garlic cloves, crushed1 tsp. basil1 tsp. oregano1 tsp. thyme1 tsp. crushed hot red pepper1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach (pkg. thawed, squeeze out water)2 lb. ground lean beef1 lb. Italian style sausage3 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In skillet, heat olive oil over high heat. Add onion, garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, hot red pepper. Reduce heat to low and cook covered until onion is tender, about 20 minutes. Add spinach stirring to break up spinach for 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
In large bowl combine beef and sausage. Stir in spinach mixture and eggs; mix well. Form meat into large round meatloaf and bake for about 1- 1.5 hours. You may serve with warmed tomato sauce on the side.