Not Your Grandma’s Loaf


I can’t help but watch the show “Chopped” on my favorite channel The Food Network. The contestants are given a basket of surprise ingredients and must incorporate them into a gourmet dish for the judges.

This is not dissimilar to the way I cook dinner.

Step One: Blake opens fridge and scans shelves (days where the meal hasn’t been planned-I’m not always that organized about our meals)

Step Two: What are we in the mood for and how can we morph our ingredients into something we’re in the mood for? (actually my other kitchen patron is very easy going–he just eats what I put in front of him).

The loaf is always a crowd pleaser. It’s hearty and easy to make!

Our grandmothers pioneered this dish during the Ike [Eisenhower] Era. It’s the turkey-loaf. I like this meal because it’s very lean–a great source of protein when you come back from a long run or a good workout (or a long work day)!

I’m not a fan or proponent of a no-fat diet, but there’s virtually no fat in this dish–and it’s incredibly satiating.

Here’s what you will need:

1 red, orange or yellow bell pepper
1lb of extra lean turkey meat
2 eggs
1/2 cup bread crumbs (any kind)
2 table spoons barbecue sauce
generous amount of ketchup
Olive oil spray
Garlic salt

Optional additions to spice up your loaf:

1/2 cup wet lentils (Trader Joe’s ready made–adds a lot of fiber)
2 tablespoons brown grain mustard (or yellow is great too)
1/2 cup of chicken broth (if you like a juicy meat)
Three stalks green onion
1/3 cup mushrooms
1/3 cup broccoli
1/3 cup salsa
1/3 cup pasta sauce

These are a lot of ingredients–you can add what you have in the house. The truth is the only things you truly need are the turkey meat, the eggs, bread crumbs, ketchup and herbs/spices. Use what you have in your fridge and pantry.


1. Wash meat
2. Wash veggies and chop them into baby size bites
3. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
4. Spray a loaf pan
5. Put mixture in pain
6. Brush ketchup on top
7. Set oven to broil so meat will be crispy and hard on top
8. Meat should be ready in around 30-40 minutes (monitor until meat is crispy on top and no sign of pink in the middle–test w/knife)

Enjoy with cottage cheese and tomato on top. Great for leftovers!

Here’s to you grandma!

My loaf depicted below.


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