Simple, Spiritual, Outdated Living in a Vintage New England Home on the Southern Coast of Maine

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Popular, Thrifty Cuts of Meat from the 1950s

In my recipes and magazines from the 1950s, some popular meats, thrifty at the time, include cube steak, beef tongue, beef hearts and chicken livers. I've had cube steak but never the others. With a possible impending meat shortage due to a potential "budget sequester" meat eaters may want to consider developing a taste for the less expensive cuts.

How about you? Have you eaten any of them and if so, what did you think?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Turkey Meatloaf with Steamed Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Here's a recipe featuring Turkey Meatloaf! I love meatloaf! It's good hot and it's good cold, too!
For this recipe I use one pound of 94% fat ground organic turkey, 1/2 cup of instant oatmeal and one cup of Pomi Strained Tomatoes. These are truly only 100% tomatoes from Italy with no additives and come in a BPA-free tetra pack. I place all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and add 1 tablespoon of Mrs. Dash Onion & Herb seasoning, 1 teaspoon of parsley flakes and 1/2 teaspoon of salt

I gently mix the ingredients together by hand with a large spoon until blended, and then turn the bowl sideways to gently scoop it onto a glass baking pan lightly greased with olive oil.  With the big spoon I shape the mound into a rectangle so that when it's finished it will be easy to cut it into four generous slices.

Next, I place the turkey loaf into a pre-heated 350 degree oven and bake for one hour. When ready, I remove the pan and let the meatloaf cool for about ten minutes before slicing. While waiting for the meatloaf to cool I empty a bag of frozen Brussels sprouts into a pot of boiling water and cook them no longer than two minutes so that they are hot, tender and slightly crunchy.

After I cut the meatloaf I serve mine with 1/2 cup sliced stuffed olives on top for added flavor. I do not use ketchup! I have to confess that I used to be addicted to ketchup to the point that I had more ketchup than meat at times! It is, after all, full of corn syrup and/or refined sugar.

As always, you can adjust your portions for calorie control. Shown are two slices (half) of the meatloaf, 465 calories, with 1/4 cup of sliced stuffed olives, 80 calories, and 8 ounces of Brussels sprouts, 80 calories.