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Recipe Roundup: Pink meatloaf and colorful casseroles. #allthecolors

This week’s menu entails all the colors: pink meatloaf with roasted potatoes and salad, veggie loaded breakfast casserole, and¬†slow cooker pork loin with spinach¬†casserole. Eating colorful food is fun, interesting, and more nutritious. Nutrients (called phytonutrients) provide the pigmentation for fruits and vegetables, so the richer the color, the more nutrients!

I was inspired to make these recipes from a recipe booklet I’m making for work as well as the cookbook Deceptively Delicious. It’s been a long time since I’ve used this cookbook, but it’s been on my mind lately. I love the way the added vegetables add moisture and flavor – and nutrients, of course! I pulled a few recipes of interest, and decided on the Italian Meatloaf. Our little guy loved the bites of his Dad’s meatloaf he recently got at a restaurant, so I thought I would cook some up at home. Since our family has to tailor to a reflux diet, I was initially disappointed at the idea of using ketchup. However, with beets on this week’s grocery list and a cookbook all about adding pureed vegetables, I thought I could puree the beets as a sub.

raw beets

Roll that beautiful beet footage! #beauties

pink meatloaf

So when the directions say “bake until the center of the meatloaf is no longer pink…”

Ha! Good thing I have a food thermometer.

Turns out, I sure could! Yum!

Beets are rich in nutrients such as folate, manganese, potassium, copper, fiber…and more! Beets also contain a unique nutrient called betalains. So while you’re loving the extra nutrition, I bet your kids will love the fun of #pinkmeatloaf!

Stay tuned – vegetable casserole recipes coming this week!

pink meatloaf

 

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Pink Cheesy Meatloaf
Cheesy meatloaf with hidden beets! Your kids will love the color, and you'll love the vitamins!
pink cheesy meatloaf
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45-50 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45-50 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
pink cheesy meatloaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a 9x5" loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, soak the oats in milk.
  3. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set it over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add the oil. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the oats and milk. Add the frozen onion and peppers to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, 7-10 minutes. Add to the bowl with the oats. Add the ground meat, 1/2 cup of cheese, beet puree, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly into the loaf pan. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for about 45-50 minutes, until reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut into slices and serve.
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