Vitamin B-12 May Prevent Birth Defects
Women of childbearing age (especially those who are pregnant or trying to conceive) are advised to eat 400 mg of folic acid (folate) daily to prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, from occurring in their babies. New research shows that vitamin B12 may also play a role.
My favorite trick is adding shredded carrots and parsnips, and chopped onion to meatloaf. I'm able to use extra lean ground beef, and the veggies help keep the dish moist, along with the fresh bread pieces soaked in skim milk. The result is a protein-packed dish with a dose of vegetables and a quality meatloaf that holds its shape.You can also form this into meatballs or mini meatloaves to appease pint-size palates. Check out the recipe below to try in your own kitchen! This serves 12, but the meatloaf makes great leftovers.
3 T olive oil
1 c parsnips, peeled and shredded
3/4 c carrots, peeled and shredded
1/2 c celery, finely diced
1/4 c onion, finely diced
3 lb ground sirloin
2 c fresh bread, pulled into crumbs
1 c skim milk
1/2 c ketchup
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Soak bread crumbs in milk in large bowl.
In large skillet, saute vegetables in oil and a pinch of sea salt and pepper until softened, about 6-8 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Add eggs and ketchup to soaking bread crumbs, mix well. Next combine meat and cooled vegetables in bowl until evenly mixed.
Transfer to 8x8, 9x9, or round baking dish. Bake 1 1/2 hours or until center reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing so juices don't run out. Cut into 12 slices and serve.
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Member Comments About this Recipe
"I used carrot, onion and green pepper...(was what I had available) and used the food processor for them all (quick) right into the frying pan. Then I soaked the bread & milk in the processor, and later added the meat and cooled sauteed veggies. Blended them in a whip. added a splash of worcestershire sauce, and into the oven. Quick easy meatloaf, with few dishes and clean hands! It turned out great and was one of the juiciest meatloaves I have made. Thanks for the thought of adding more tha..." -- LOSTNFOUND4444
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