Warm Snack and Lightened-Up Retro Dinner

I have to be at work tonight at 6:30, which means another early dinner! Tonight I made Turkey-Walnut Meat Loaf out of my 12 Best Foods Cookbook, which I really like. I made this because the recipe sounded so interesting, using ground walnuts as a primary ingredient! The walnuts kept the meat loaf very moist and gave it a nice nutty hint of flavor…besides adding heart-healthy omega 3’s! Meat loaf is something we so often think of as a heavy, retro American meal…but it doesn’t have to be that way! This version was light and healthy with a generous amount of raw veggies in it. Tasty!

I roasted 5 of my little fingerling potatoes in about 1 tsp olive oil and some chopped garic to have with my meat loaf. I also had 3.5 ounces of steamed broccoli and a delicious slice of my foccacia that I warmed up in the oven so it was nice and hot! The result–a tasty, filling and nutritionally-balanced dinner!

This afternoon, as a snack, I made hot chocolate using the milk frother in my cappuccino maker! It was so good! I used 6 ounces skim milk, 1 tsp organic cocoa powder and about 1.5 tsp organic cane sugar. I had 1/4 cup flax granola with it for a little crunch. Total calories of that snack were about 163.



Okay–off to a night at work wearing many layers because its FREEZING outside and I have to be the one that opens the door all night to let guests in and out! Brr! I’m bringing an Erin Baker’s Mini Breakfast Cookie in my purse for a little snack later on. Tomorrow I have to work during the day so I get to pack my lunch (which I LOVE!) I’m thinking leftovers….. 😉


This dinner was about  518 calories.

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  • Heather
    January 2, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Hi. I was just wondering whether your roommate and your boyfriend share the same food philosophy as you? Meetloaf looks yummy!

  • Susan Barnes
    January 3, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Thanks so much for the snack ideas! I forgot about adding nuts-they are filling. I actually have another question. I am a beginner cook- I am so use to just relying on my mom or the cafeteria. How do you clean and store lettuce? Specifically the mixed greens, which you seem to mostly eat for salads. Are mixed green sold with the rest of the lettuces? I never see them at the store. Thanks so much!

  • jenna
    January 3, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Heather-

    They are both very supportive. I consider it my life goal to make my boyfriend eat healthier and since we met i think even he would agree that he has been making healthier choices! I used him for a case study project I had to do to become certified as a nutritionist and he was a really good sport 🙂 He hasn’t been to taco bell in months! haha

  • jenna
    January 3, 2008 at 12:34 pm


    I buy just the cases of mixed greens in the produce section..they already have been washed and everything! They are organic and keep for about a week in the container that they come in. works well for me!!

    hope that helps!

  • mel
    January 3, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Your dinner looks amazing! I’m for sure going to try it soon b/c i don’t eat red meat, so never have meatloaf!! I’m so excited to be leaving the beach and comming home to KY saturday night and I’m going to make turkey chili to eat all week b/c its freezing there! haha! hope you have a great day Jenna! You are doing so great with the blog!!

  • jenna
    January 4, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Hi Mel! I think you would really like the meat loaf. I hate the name meat loaf actually…it just sounds so old and heavy. I think I will rename this “turkey-walnut loaf” instead of “meat loaf”. I don’t eat much red meat either and this was a very healthy, tasty way to get protein! and pretty easy too! Turkey chili sounds tasty…I think i might make tacos with ground turkey next week with the leftover ground turkey that I froze…mmm…