I need a meatloaf recipe that is made without any tomato products. My brother is a kidney patient and has dialysis 3 times a week. He is single and has only me to take care of him. I would appreciate any recipes (home tested) for low-sodium, low-potassium and your prayers for him.
I would also like to say Happy Birthday to all of you June babies. Today (June 2nd) is my 64th. I love this site, you are so friendly and helpful. Its like a big extended family. Thank you, Ellen
Ellen from Maricopa, CA
By ellen wagner
I personally come from a family that didn't use ketchup or tomato sauce on TOP of the meatloaf, only in. But I guarantee you can omit it without a big fuss. Here is a basic recipe we follow
Meat - You can either use all ground beef or some grocery stores package meatloaf blend. Sometimes in our leaner times we even use purely ground chicken
A handful of oatmeal (binder) but a nice sprinkle of ground flax seed goes into mine these days (wasn't a "thing" when I was a kid, but I know my Mom would have put it in there if it was!)
A egg or two, start with one and see how it feels
A chopped onion, depending on size and how much you like
A squirt of yellow mustard (and ketchup, but for you none of that!) the mustard adds a tang, if you've never tried it, do so!
Salt and pepper, garlic powder (or use garlic salt instead of plain salt)
A splash of worshetchire (I KNOW this is not the way to spell it, but you get the picture!)
My Mom would know purely by smell when it was ready, after she mushed it (not too much mushing, it ruins the integrity of the meat I think). But sometimes she was place an almond sized amount and zap it in the micro for a bit, taste and adjust. She didn't use bread crumbs, the oatmeal did that for you (as is healthier) you'd be surprised at the things you can disguise in meatloaf! Try some zukes grated up (do so before hand and smoosh out a lot of the juice) or even carrots.
Hope that helps!
By Donna (Guest Post) 06/04/2007
Hi-this is the meatloaf my husband loves-very very plain and no tomato products
1 cut up onion(use as little or as much as you like)
bread crumbs or crushed saltine crackers(I use about 8-10)
salt and pepper
garlic salt or 1 garlic glove(minced)
mix everything up and form into a ring. put in baking dish uncovered for 45 min
The above recipie is like mine....although I forget to use oatmeal and use bread crumbs instead...so thanks for that tip, however, try Mrs. Dash in lieu of any salt products.
There is a meatloaf recipe at this site.
As a matter of fact there are all kinds of recipes you might be interested in. Enjoy!
By Julia (Guest Post) 06/04/2007
I too don't care for the tomato-laden flavor
of some meatloaves...
I had to come up with a recipe to suit myself.
1 1/2 pounds good ground lean beef
1/2 pound ground chuck
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 TBS finely chopped celery
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 cup plain applesauce (no sugar added)
2 cups fresh bread crumbs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1 TBS Worchestershire sauce
3 TBS canned milk like Carnation
Mix everything together and pack into a lightly
greased loaf pan. Bake in a preheated oven 350
degrees for about 1 hour. Test for doneness.
Allow to sit in pan for 10 minutes...then drain and
turn out onto serving dish. Wait another 10 minutes
Use the pan juices along with 2 cups of good chicken
or beef broth and make a gravy...thickened with
2 TBS cornstarch mixed in 1/2 cup water...Cook over
medium heat for 5 minutes to "cure" raw taste
Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or toasted
By Lorrie. (Guest Post) 06/04/2007
Happy Birthday.....My birthday is also June 2, and I was 76.
By barfydoogin (Guest Post) 06/04/2007
My prayers are with you and your brother. Here is a recipe that I have made many times and my neices love it.
Meat Loaf Wellington
1can[10-1/2 oz]low-sodium beef gravy, divided
1-1/2 cups day old cubed bread
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 pounds ground beef
1 tube[8oz] refrigerated crescent rolls
In a bowl combine 1/4 cup gravy, bread cubes, onion, and egg. crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Press into a greased 9-inx 5-inx3-in loaf pan. Bake uncovered, at 375 degrees for 1 hour or until meat is no longer pink. Remove loaf from pan;drain on paper towels. Place on greased 13-inx9-in baking pan. Unroll crescent dough; seal perforations. Cover the top and sides of the meat loaf with dough;trim excess. Bake 10-15 mins longer until pastry is golden brown. Heat remaining gravy;serve with the meat loaf. Hope this helps. It is really good
By Barbie (Guest Post) 06/05/2007
cream soups work great....... and you can get them low sodium and such.......blend some in, pour some on....yum!
By melissa (Guest Post) 06/05/2007
hi,happy birthday!prayers to you and your brother!we substitute ground turkey for hamburger meat.it is cheaper,and is 98% fat free.most of all the taste is no different! GOD BLESS!
By Karen (Guest Post) 06/06/2007
I add a box of stove top stuffing (any kind) , one egg, and crumbled sausage (also any kind) to ground beef and put in loaf pans, it is very good.
By Tinah (Guest Post) 06/06/2007
I like to put cubed potatoes in my meatloaf along with egg, onion (soup mix adds a great flavor!) and i use either bread crumbs or oatmeal to hold together. Also whatever seasoning you prefer, I love it with cream of mushroom soup substituted for and tomotoe stuff. You can also dish it into cupcake tins for individual servings and use ground turkey rather than ground beef. Good luck to you and your brother. you are in my prayers!
By janet from toronto (Guest Post) 06/06/2007
i am very sorry to hear about your Brother,,,
with a devoted Sister to take care of him,,,that is so wonderful...
sry i am not a great cook, in fact I have been asked not to...
so no helpful receipes....but just lots of good wishes for u...
May God Bless u
I don't have a recipe for you, just a prayer for you and your brother. Ellen, you are an angel. Happy Birthday!
By (Guest Post) 06/07/2007
Thank you all so much. I don't like to cook so I'm not very good at it. I'm sure all of your suggestions will be very helpful. I will try all until I find something he likes. Thanks also for the birthday wishes. Ellen
By Nancy (Guest Post) 06/07/2007
diced green pepper
bread - couple slices, pulled apart
1 or more eggs depending on how much meat
splash of milk
seasoning to taste,I dont use package seasonging, to much sodium
mix all well, if to moist add more bread, if to dry a little more milk. Bake at 350 for about an hour. This is delicious, I always make more than I need a freeze it. Good Luck and God Bless both of you.
By Diane (Guest Post) 06/09/2007
I know your brother will appreciates all your efforts..
I add to the meat mixture with other ingredients already suggested, Dry Onion Soup Mix and to jazz it up, insert 2 or 3 HARD BOILED EGGS for however long the loaf is. When you slice the meatloaf, the egg slice is in center...looks cool, and even the kids like it...they haven't figured out the trick..
I am also a Dialysis patient with the added whammies of a failing liver and heart disease. I have to really juggle my protien, potassium and sodium intake. I live alone and do most of my own cooking. I get home health care and such though, that is such a blessing.
I have taken a basic meatloaf recipe and replaced the beef with ground pork or chicken (yes, chicken ... I surprised even myself with that one). I replaced the tomato products with low sodium cream soups, for this I prefer cream of celery. I also add chopped celery, MILD diced green chiles, bell peppers, and diced onions sauted with mushrooms. I usually used low sodium crackers for my binder.
I saw many folks mention potatoes but they are high in potassium and should be used VERY, VERY SPARINGLY, if at all.
I hope you find this helpful.