Thanks to a goof on my part, tonight we got to enjoy a yummy carrot meat loaf. It looked so good in the roasting pan, I didn’t want to cut into it till I took a photo. =^_^=
Yes it was good, it was delicious. I didn’t set out to make a carrot meat loaf, my intent when I started in the kitchen was to make carrot juice. Yup I bunged up the carrot juice.. I used a blender, duh, so of course, I ended up with a lot of carrot fiber, and water that had a carrot taste. I’d added a good dose of shredded ginger to the concoction What to do. I grew up hearing “waste not, want not” I decided to use the 3/4 pound of lean ground beef we had and fresh veggies and roast the lot. Creative thinking is my specialty =^_^=
Drained the “carrot juice” put the liquid aside and the fiber in a second bowl. (drank the liquid on its own, and used some in the loaf for added moisture.
In a big mixing bowl, I cut and sliced, 3 zucchini, more carrot, 1 good size stalk of leek, finely sliced… & 1 medium potato….smashed up 4 good buds of garlic and tossed everything together. I found left over rice in the fridge, tossed that in too. Soy (low sodium) and a dash of fish sauce (anchovies)
Added 1 cup of Panko bread crumbs and 1 egg, kneaded the mix till it was light and fluffy then poured it into a big roasting pan. Patted it down nice and firm, the added slices of another zucchini arranged across the mixture. cubed and diced a large tomato and tossed it over the zucchini. Then to sweeten the taste I added handfuls of 3 types of cheese that were already shredded to form a light layer over the veggies. I noticed I had a handful of sliced celery in the fridge so I sprinkled that on too. I like food to be visually appealing too.
Into the oven it went for an hour at 325- 350 degrees F. WE had some very cold weather last night, so when it was done, I simply turned off the little oven and left the loaf there to cool and refrigerate till we were ready to eat today.. Supper time I brought the pan in, sliced a piece of loaf and served it with mixed green veggies, a red baked potato, and some Farm Boy slaw. (Farm Boy is a specialty fresh vegetable, meat and fruit shop we have here in Ottawa) mixture of fresh greens were steamed, no salt, condiments or butter. The potato did get a dollop of butter.
This was a very high fiber rich meal. =^_^=, we have enough left over (freezer) for a couple of meals.
Bon appetit! nb* the spices you want to use are up to you, these ingredients will harmonize with practically anything. Had I had mushrooms on hand, you can be assured I’d have used them.