I made it for our Veggie Snacks one week, and Mr. Batch and I liked it so much, that I redesigned it a bit, and incorporated it into this recipe:
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat and add garlic and spices. Stir frequently and cook for about 3 minutes, until you begin to smell the seeds and spice toasting. Give thanks for your nose and sense of smell. 🙂
- 3/4 teaspoon harissa (I bought mine at Trader Joe’s)
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Add harissa and lemon juice to pan, and stir to combine. Cook for about 1 minute more on low heat, stirring frequently.
- 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and grated on a box grater (or in a food processor)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Add to saute pan, stir to combine, and cook on low for about 5 minutes, stirring periodically. You want the carrots to expel their natural water content, so as not to make the meatloaf “water-y” as it cooks.
Allow cooked carrot-mixture to cool.
- 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
- 3 green onions, sliced
- One 6-oz. container of crumbled feta
- 1 pound of ground beef (or ground lamb, or a combination of the two)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- several grind of freshly cracked pepper
Combine these ingredients in a large bowl, and add cooked carrot-mixture. Shape into a meatloaf and bake at 350-F for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, cut into meatloaf to make sure it is cooked throughout.
I ate this with boiled potatoes, roasted baby zucchini, roasted onions and steamed broccolini. I kept 2 portions of the meatloaf refrigerated, and then froze the other 3 portions to thaw as I was ready for them:
To keep the dish vegetarian, you don’t need to cook the carrots, but you certainly could. I cooked 1/2 cup of dry quinoa and 3/4 cup brown rice, separately. Then combined the cooked grains, and added the rest of the ingredients above (minus the meat, of course) and got five very generous 1-cup portions for Mr. Batch’s lunches this week:
If you leave the feta out of each version, they become #dairy-free, and the meatloaf becomes #paleo.