|Turkey Lentil Jalapeno Meatloaf|
I think I need a name for gauging how yummy a recipe is, based on the responses I get from my husband. I imagine the Maxometer as a semicircle with "never again" on the far left, "meh" in the middle and "everydayfortherestofmylife" on the far right. Max is always supportive of my experimentation, and almost always a fan of the dishes I create. He wants me to succeed, so he doesn't bluff, but I've learned the slight (and not so slight) nuances that separate good, better and best.
When Max first tried this Turkey Lentil Loaf, his positive response "signs" were at an all-time peak, the arrow lurching so far right it could snap right off. 1) He went silent, shaking his head for few moments before 2) uttering "oh man" and then 3) again uttering "oh man" at a higher decibel, all while eating too quickly in anticipation of 4) getting up for round 2 which preceded 5) round three and 6) then he quietly told himself that he could have it for breakfast. Which he did (7) for the next two days.
If it matters after said reaction, I couldn't agree with him more. This meatloaf is abso-frickin-lutely delicious. The lentils add tenderness and texture, the jalapeño adds a piquant flavor without intense spice. Almond flour is my absolute favorite binder for meat, because it offers moisture and a touch of extra fat. Another key to this recipe is the inclusion of veal. I only use a pasture-raised brand that I know provides the healthiest, happiest life possible for the animals, but I respect and understand if you are squeamish about it. You can absolutely substitute more turkey or grass-fed beef, but the result won't be as tender.
Oh, and of course, it wouldn't be meatloaf without a ketchup-based glaze, but this version is lower in sugar than traditional recipes. You can definitely leave it out if you like! Note, I've also made this and used Rootz Pineapple BBQ Sauce as the glaze instead, and it's also delicious. Their sauces are sweetened naturally and taste amazing!
This recipe freezes really well, so I've gone ahead and made several loaves, wrapped them tightly and tucked them away for future devouring. Slice the loaf in advance of freezing.
Now go forth and lentil loaf!