At about 4:30 this afternoon I got an email from Mike saying he got a PROMOTION!!! I am so happy for him, he definitely deserves it ❤
He was going to the gym after work, so I replied 'I'll have one of your favorite dinners waiting for you when you get home!'. What is this meal you ask? Meat loaf. I must admit though, what an un-appetizing name for a meal, if you really sit and think about it… anyway, moving on :).
Now, I never think of making meat loaf and never really crave it, but whenever I have it, I absolutely love it. I think the last time I had it has to have been years ago when my mom made it for me. Which, mom, if you read this, you make a killer meatloaf!
Fat: 13.1g (sat 5.1g,mono 5.5g,poly 0.7g)
Not too bad for 1/4 of the recipe. Which, I couldn’t even eat that much with all of the sides we had, however, look at that rockin’ protein stat. I love it. So I used this recipe with a few adaptions: I used lean ground turkey instead of sirloin, I used red onion instead of green onion, used like four times the amount of red pepper flakes, added some parmesan cheese and I used cornmeal instead of breadcrumbs (I didn’t have any breadcrumbs on hand).
I didn’t tell Mike about the changes to the recipe until after the meal due to a few botched ingredient changes in previous recipes, which have not turned out so great… oops!
I totally snagged the crispy end piece, mwuahaha! Verdict on this recipe? Awesome. I knew right away I had a winner when Mike took his first bite and went ‘Oh man, this stuff is amazing’ ;). Brownie points in my book!
This loaf was nice and moist, packed with flavor. However, I couldn’t taste the parmesan cheese at all. Now, I only used 1/4th of a cup, so next time, I would either add more or leave out the cheese all together.
On the side, we had instant potatoes- hey, this meal wasn’t planned, I didn’t have the ‘real deal’ on hand… They were cheddar and sour cream flavored, tasty at first, but after a few bites, disgusting. We had another packet of this flavor on hand which we through out immediately. I mixed in some corn into my mashed potatoes. I’ve always loved doing this.
And also, a filling salad that was refreshing, and got in my veggies! My salad included lettuce, tomato, cucumber, grapes and feta cheese. Topped off with some raspberry vinaigrette. I devoured this.
All together now… this is one packed plate!
Perfect meal for a glass of red wine alongside, me thinks
Mike has requested some ice cream for dessert. For some reason I am craving a small bowl of cereal, so we’ll see what I end up gravitating towards.
So today, Tina’s lunch post touched on the topic of a photo that appeared in Glamour magazine of Lizzie Miller. Tina asked her readers what their opinion on the photo was. I am very opinionated about this subject matter, so on my mmm, about 2 minute lunch break, I wrote a speedy response:
I think the picture is great personally. Yes, maybe a bit shocking to some, but I think it is what our society needs. We are constantly bombarded with unrealistic stick figures, fad diets, unrealistic ‘meal plans’ to lose weight. If this is what it takes to get the message out to young girls and women that, hey, be confident in your own skin, you don’t need to be a stick figure, etc., they hey, I support it 100%.
As a person who has dealt with ups and downs in relation to their image and trying to meet societies unrealistic expectations of what is considered ‘beautiful’, this is why I have a strong opinion. I probably could write a novel on this subject, but I will spare you all :).
What are you thoughts and feelings on the issue of what society deems as ‘beautiful’ and ‘healthy’? What was your comment to Tina’s lunch post question?
I’m off to spend some time with my sweetie! Night all, tomorrow is Thursday already, whoohooo!