Moroccan Inspired Meatloaf

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While I was pregnant and diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I probably ate healthier than I have in my entire life.  Funny how your diet affecting the life of your child puts a new spin on things.  I stumbled upon an amazing website called gestationaldiabetesrecipes.com.  original, i know;)  It’s packed with recipes that I’m still using despite no longer having diabetes.  The one i’m featuring is one of my favorites, but nothing that I’ve made from her site has been bad.

I kept pretty much everything the same except for eliminating the currants (is it bad that i’m writing a food blog and I don’t even know what they are?) I encourage you to try out the cumin carrots as well.  They were super easy, and even my indifferent-to-vegetables husband liked them.  This meat loaf is so tasty (yes, mom, I said “tasty”) that no condiments are required; even you, mr. ketchup lover.  Mangiare!

Ingredients

  • 750g / 1 ½ pounds lean mince beef
  • 90g / 1 cup /2 ¾ ounces breadcrumbs
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large zucchini, grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 5 tablespoons currants (60g / 2 ounces), soaked for 5 minutes in hot water, drained slightly before adding
  • Cumin Carrots to serve
  • Green vegetables, steamed or blanched, to serve

Basting sauce (Thoroughly combine the following ingredients and set aside ready for basting.)

  • 1 tablespoon worcesterchire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ cup of water

Preheat oven to 220ºC / 180ºC fan-forced / 400ºF .

Lightly oil a 9cm x 19cm (4″ x 8″) loaf pan or bread tin (if you don’t have one line a large roasting pan with baking paper) and set aside.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands. Tip into prepared loaf pan or shape into a loaf and place on prepared roasting pan.

Bake for 45 minutes, basting (spoon over basting sauce) every 15 minutes.

(NB. If you are cooking this on a roasting pan, when you finally remove the meatloaf from the oven, drain away any excess juice into a bowl or gravy jug and serve with the meal.)

Remove from oven. Cut into thick slices and serve with Cumin Carrots and green vegetables.

 

http://gestationaldiabetesrecipes.com/

 

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