Country Herbed Meat Loaf

Ingredients

Herb Sauce

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Splenda packets
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil (or 2 teaspoons dried, chopped)

Meat Loaf

  • 2 pounds ground beef or combination of ground beef, pork and veal
  • 1 cup pork rinds, crushed
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, heat oil over high heat. Sauté the mushrooms, onion and garlic.
  2. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper and Splenda. Remove 1 1/2 cups.
  3. Add water, bay leaf and basil to skillet. Simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, combine all meat loaf ingredients with 1 1/2 cups reserved sauce.
  5. Press into a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan lined with wax paper. Unmold onto a roasting pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven; drain. Spread 1/2 cup of Herb Sauce over top of meat loaf. Return to oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Discard bay leaf and serve remaining sauce over individual servings.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Per Serving: 106 Cal (69% from Fat, 17% from Protein, 14% from Carb); 5 g Protein; 8 g Tot Fat; 4 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 15 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 23 mg Sodium; 62 mg Cholesterol

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