Adventures of Eating with dReJ: healthy, cheap, delicious


Hearty homecooked meal - minus all the extra calories & fat!


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10 servings (we only made 5 servings – so be sure to split everything in half)
Active Time: 40 minutes
|Total Time: 1 3/4 hours

  • 1 cup dried mushrooms, such as shiitake, porcini or chanterelle (we picked shiitake)
  • 1 cup bulgur, (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup nonfat evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 pounds 90%-lean ground beef We swapped for Lean Ground Turkey ~ 3/4 lb (this is already halved for 5 servings)
  • 1 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

What we Changed: Above in  the ingredients list you see we left out the bulgar and traded ground beef for lean turkey. We don’t eat red meat 99.9% of the time (unless it’s a holiday party and someone has gourmet appetizers 🙂

It’s not that we don’t enjoy a little bulgar in our life (it’s a type of wheat), but we don’t use it a lot in our cooking and we figured it wouldn’t be worth the expense and we have limited shelf space in our kitchen.

Also – in the instructions it says to just bake the meat loaf on a baking sheet (free form), but we just plopped our “meat mixture” in a casserole dish.

dReJ Concotion: Spicy Sauce
Diced Tomatoes
Hot Sauce (we used The Chilly Factory: Hot Chilli Mango Sauce, “Morning Afterburn”)

When we tasted the meatloaf after it was cooked, it seemed a little dry. So we took a look at what we had left over in the kitchen and threw this together. You don’t have to pre-cook any of these ingredients, just mix them together and you can warm it up in a sauce pan or when you microwave your meatloaf (if you are going to pre-cook and eat it later in the week). Be warned – our hot sauce was pretty spicy, but you can certainly take this idea and run with it! Super easy.

Calories: Okay – so I am not a mathematician, but i did a few (very advanced) calculations and traded out the lean beef for lean turkey and then added in the extra calories for that “5th” serving that we split between our 4 meals. We’re at about 300 calories for the meatloaf.

We served the meatloaf with Carrots and some diced up red potatoes (we bought a few extra when we bought ingredients for Loaded Potato Soup this week). If you want ideas on how to make super easy Carrots – check out our first post, or since that post was super long, I’ll put it here just because I’m so nice.

dReJ Concotion: Easy Carrots
Slice up carrots, put in pan with enough water to cover carrots and bring to boil. Once carrots are to your desired tenderness, drain water and put carrots back in pan with 1/2 teaspoon of butter per serving & quarter clove of garlic + salt and pepper to taste – mix this all together and let the butter melt, sprinkle with parsley (dried parsley works!) and enjoy! Serving: about 3/4 cup chopped

dRej say: This recipe was good. This is definitely a more hearty meal – so pick lighter sides if you aren’t super hungry or you are trying to lean up your meals. This recipe is a great healthy version of a typically high calorie & high fat meal. With a good sauce, this recipe gets an A from both RJ and I.


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