One of My Newest Finds

It's been hectic in both our lives the past week so we've been bad about posting.  I hope to find a way to fix that soon.  I was flipping through the Costco magazine recently and they had a few new books that were interesting.  One of them was a diet book.  I wasn't looking for a diet, per se, as my daughter and I are trying the new weight watchers points plus, but it was written by a real chef.  I found out he had a cookbook where he took some of America's comfort foods and redid them.

This was my thinking...this guy is a professional chef, so his food has to taste good because he's got a reputation to protect, right?  I decided to splurge and maybe learn some new techniques.  He's got everything from "fried" calamari to chicken cordon bleu to tiramisu.  Oh and meatloaf!  I LOVE good meatloaf but I know how bad it can be for you.  All that fat and breading in most recipes.  I decided to give Rocco DiSpirito's recipe a try.  That's the book at on the side there.

His recipe uses portobella mushrooms as part of the filler.  It was an easy recipe to make even without using the food processor.  I chopped everything by hand and had my stronger half press the garlic cloves for me.  I'm still trying to get in the habit of remembering to take pictures, so I forgot until it had already gone in the oven.  I'll get better at would hope.

Here is the finished product as it came out of the oven.

I served it with roasted asparagus and green beans and couscous.  I love couscous because it's fast to make.  Boil the water or whatever liquid you want to use, pour in the couscous, cover and let sit 5 min and it's done.  I added chopped parsley, a few raisins and a touch of olive oil and lemon to ours tonight.

The meatloaf was awesome!  Moist and flavorful.  Simple and fast.  A quarter of the recipe is 5 pts for those using the plus points system, leaving me ample points for my nightly oatmeal. Thank you Rocco! Now I'm eyeing up his recipe for jalapeno poppers!


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