Eating healthy can also be delicious. You'll love this spicy meatloaf that's made up of beef, pork and collard greens. I promise your family won't say meatloaf again! It's over the top delicious!
Trying new foods is a good thing and when new foods are old standards with a new twist, it’s even better! While my spicy meatloaf is by no means unique, its got some added elements to make it healthier and packed with flavor.
I was inspired by a recipe I saw in one of my new favorite magazines Eating Well. They show us that eating healthy can still be eating delicious. And in my book that’s a win-win!
Let’s start by getting our ingredients together aka mise en place. The recipe called for lean ground beef and lean pork but I went with standard ground chuck and ground pork because fat does add flavor and most of it cooks out during the roasting process. The problem with starting with super lean meats is they become very dry in the cooking process. You just want to limit how often you eat fatty meats, saving it for special flavorful occasions.
The meatloaf mixture was very wet when I made it and was tempted to add in dry breadcrumbs, but I’m glad I didn’t. The meatloaf was not as rigid as a standard meatloaf, which in my estimation was a very good thing. I wound up cutting it with a serrated knife which did a great job. I think the only problem I had with it being too moist was including all the milk from soaking the breadcrumbs. Make sure to squeeze out the milk from your breadcrumbs when making this spicy meatloaf. I also added some beet greens with the collard greens and the only problem with that was that the red from the beet greens bled in spots making Lisa think it was raw…..sigh. But that’s a story for another day!
You do want to make sure you always temp anything you make with ground meat and your thermometer must read at least 165 degrees. My spicy meatloaf was reading 175 when I took it out of the oven.
The flavors were amazing and not only did Lisa go back for seconds, she wanted to have the leftovers for dinner the next night. I did manage to save some for a cold meatloaf sandwich and ended up just eating it without bread, which definitely says a lot for the meatloaf! And if you like this Meatloaf recipe you might want to take a look at my recipe for my Three Bean Bourbon Chicken Chili.