Yesterday as usual, I was menu planning and doing some cooking for the upcoming week. I'm blessed because Mr. Helen is pretty easy going when it comes to our eating so I get to pick our weekly menus. I am fortunate to have a full size freezer so if I haven't purchased anything while grocery shopping, I go shop there to figure out what to eat. When I got to the freezer I saw that for some reason we had an abundance of ground beef. So I decided to make a good old fashioned meatloaf for dinner. Mr. Helen
l-o-v-e-s meatloaf so I knew he would be happy when he came through the door and smelled that cooking.
Only problem is, ground beef would be considered a splurge food for me right now, so I needed to come up with an alternate for myself. I then spied a package of ground chicken breast and immediately decided I would have meatloaf too - buffalo chicken meatloaf! This recipe originated from one of the Biggest Loser Cookbooks and I vary it according to my taste on the day that I make it. It's really yummy with all the flavors of buffalo chicken wings without all the calories and fat.
The great thing about this meal is that it really wasn't any trouble at all to adapt this menu to make the His and Hers meatloaves, because I served the same sides: twice baked potatoes (made with low fat cheese) and garlic green beans. (Well, he also got homemade beef gravy and homemade buttermilk biscuits.) Here is this week's version:
Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf
1/2 cup skim milk
2/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 pound ground chicken breast
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup shredded carrot
2 egg whites, whisked a bit
4 T Cayenne Pepper Sauce (like Frank's Red Hot), divided
1/2 cup reduced fat blue cheese crumbles
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 5 x 3 bread pan with olive oil spray.
Put skim milk and oats in a bowl. Stir and let sit to soften, about 3 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the chicken breast, onion, celery, carrot, egg whites and 2T hot sauce. Add in oats and mix well. Gently stir in blue cheese crumbles. This mixture will be quite wet!
Put mixture into the prepared bread pan and smooth top. Brush remaining 2T hot sauce on the top. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until set.
Makes 4 servings.
207 calories, 4.1g fat (2 saturated), 63 mg cholesterol, 918mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate, 2.7g fiber, 27.7 g protein.