Biz Ate Meatloaf?

I am so excited because I got an email from Chobani that they are sending me some more yogurt – I should have it next week, so you better believe that the breakfast parfaits will be a common breakfast!  I have to say I think one of my favorite combos is strawberry and banana with the plain yogurt – I thought I had granola in my drawer but I must have left it at home, so I just had about 2 tablespoons to sprinkle in this parfait – breakfast comes in at 343 calories, 2 fat, 63 carbs, 5.4 fiber and 21 protein.

The weather was a bit iffy yesterday, but I decided to chance it.  No rain!  I did my regular 50 minute walk.  My phone was ready for an upgrade so I got a new smart phone – it’s U.S. Cellular’s version, not an iPhone, but the sound while I am listening to Pandora is amazing – I had no idea how crappy the sound was on my old blackberry!

Have you ever cooked with barley?  I’ve beef and barley soup, but I’ve never really had barley straight up before.  I saw this recipe on tastespotting when I searched for barley – I did switch it up a bit because I used instant barley, so I will say this recipe was inspired by Cara’s.

Shrimp and Artichoke Barley Risotto

  • 4 servings, 365 calories, 4 fat, 52 carbs, 11.3 fiber and 30.5 protein


  • 3 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons better than bouillon lobster base
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 jar (6 oz.) artichoke hearts packed in water, chopped
  • 1 jar (3 oz.) roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup instant barley
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cups frozen peas
  • 2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • salt and pepper
  • (I forgot the parmesan cheese, so that shaved off about 50 calories per serving)

Boil the 3 cups of water.  When it comes to a boil, add the lobster base and stir to dissolves, add barley, put on simmer and cook for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.  Stir in garlic, artichoke hearts, red peppers and lemon zest.  Since I was making this for one of my lunches, I just sauteed my shrimp yesterday morning before work in some Pam and crushed red pepper and then reheated it all when I got to work.

I actually had never even heard of lobster base before, and as luck would have it, my store had it on sale for $2.99 last week. 😀

This was so good.  I thought it wouldn’t be flavorful enough because other than salt and peper, there isn’t too much seasoning, but the lobster base was delicious.  Do you have any barley recipes to share?

I was supposed to have dinner with my Mom last night, but something came up and she had to reschedule.  I had defrosted a meatloaf I had put together for Tony to bake for himself.  Here’s the deal people.  I don’t really like meatloaf.  Which is weird because really isn’t it just a glorified hamburger?  Maybe it was the huge chunk of onions my Mom used to put into it as a child, not sure.  I don’t really have a recipe per se – I buy the meatloaf mix at my store – it’s 1 pound of ground veal, pork and beef.  I mix that with about 1/4 cup of bread crumbs, a beaten egg, a splash of worchestershire sauce, some A-1 and salt and pepper.

Oh, and I squeeze ketchup and rub it all over the top and . . . wrap it in bacon.

I bake it on a rack above a cast iron skillet so the bacon gets all crispy around it.  It baked at 375 for 45-50 minutes.  I served mine with a drizzle of bbq sauce, homemade mashed potatoes made with fat free half and half and Greek seasoning, and sauteed zucchini.  Dinner comes in at 483 calories, 34 fat, 24 carbs, 2.8 fiber and 19 protein.

The verdict?  I really liked it!  So Tony I guess you’ll be sharing your meatloaf with me from now on!

We are supposed to have temps in the low 80’s today, but its going to be stormy – hope I get in my walk at lunch today. 

Make it a great day!

36 thoughts on “Biz Ate Meatloaf?

  1. Hooray for more chobani! Its just the best. I eat one every day. Right now, I can’t get enough of the kiddie vanilla with chocolate chunks. Barley is really good. I need to try that shrimp recipe. Barley risotto is one of my favs:

  2. Fellow meatloaf hater here! My mom used to make it and I’d gag. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll have to gather up the courage to try it again.

  3. myjourneytofit

    I grew up not liking meatloaf, but I tried making it for my kids, and they loved it…and then I started liking it. Funny, it was the same recipe – my mom’s – so who knows why tastes change. I still don’t like seafood, though – that is a holdover from my childhood and I don’t see that one changing.

    Woohoo for free yogurt!!! You talk about them enough, it’s nice that they are rewarding you for that! 🙂

    Hope you get your walk in, and if the weather turns, it’s not too stormy.

  4. Meatloaf is so good! Welcome to the dark side! 😉

    I love Better Than Boullion! Never heard of the lobster base, but will keep my eye out for it.

  5. I used to hate my mom’s meatloaf, but I love making it! I guess just cause I cover it in ketchup 🙂 I love the mini meatloaves!

  6. I love cooking with barley, it always turns into a creamy mixture, and paired with artichokes even better!

  7. I love barley, I use it a lot. I found that when I make soups it’s better to cook the barley first then add it in. It just make the soup thicker, and tasted better than boiling it in the soup. 🙂
    My husband LOVES meatloaf so I make it for him, but I’m not such a big fan. I make mine with turkey, and add panko and buttermilk.
    I’ve not seen that kind of bouillon, will have to look for it!

  8. Another reason I love reading all your blogs, we have soooo much in common! I too dislike meatloaf, but my hubby LOVES it and wants it too often for my taste. However I discovered that Kraft foods had this yummy mix and match recipe making ‘muffins’ w stovetop stuffing and they were yummy. I made one w BBQ sauce and the other w marinara. I think the stuffing made it not so ‘loaf-y’. Something about a huge chunk of meat w crackers or oats – eewww (but I love me some stuffed peppers!)

  9. Meatloaf is probably my number one comfort food! I loooove it so much. Yours sounds so good, except for the lacking in onions part. 😉 I do have a recipe for barley I really like that has apples, butternut squash, and ONIONS in it but I’ve never posted it anywhere but a recipe website. I can’t imagine it without the onions but if you want to check it out, here it is: -onions-245872 (it’s a weight watchers recipe)

  10. Not a fan of meatloaf either, I think it has to do with yucky childhood memories…lol! That shrimp and artichoke barley risotto looks delish! I’ve only used barley in the soup too. It’s good just need to find more ways to use it, like you.

  11. Yeah I have meatloaf nightmare too like the time I went to a friends and hers had chunks of onions and grenn bell pepper in it that stayed raw. I gagged through the whole meal. Now bacon makes everything better!

  12. I love a good meatloaf. On Lyn’s recipe page, she has a low carb meatloaf that has become a staple in my house, except for the freakin vegetarians.

    I’m a Chobani freak myself. I didn’t know they had kid versions!! I only eat Greek yogurt now. The other stuff is too runny.

  13. You are so creative Biz. I think I have some barley in my pantry and didn’t quite know what to do with it. I have been really into artichoke hearts lately.

    Even when I ate meat I never liked meatloaf. I think it was a texture thing for me. I have heard that everything is better with bacon!

    I hope you got to walk at lunch. It’s been gloomy and gray all day here but no rain. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the rain they are predicting for my race on Saturday is just another meteorological lie.

  14. Yea – you ate meatloaf! I don’t put onions in mine either – we actually had turkey meatloaf last night – pretty much the same: turkey, breadcrumbs, dijon mustard, parm cheese, ketchup, s & p.

    • You know I had turkey burgers on the lunch menu for me and my SIL – I tasted a little bite of it and decided ground turkey wasn’t for me – red meat all the way baby!

  15. Mmm, I love meatloaf and my mom’s will always be my favorite.

    I’m jealous of the temps there, it’s a high of 55 or so today and when I walked Otie this morning we almost froze (okay, I did, not him). Haha

  16. Oh wow!! I mean, how can you go wrong wrapping anything in bacon!?! 🙂 yum!!!

  17. i’ve never seen meatloaf made that way, but it looks very gourmet!

  18. tryingtoheal

    Yay for chobani, and finding a meatloaf you liked! I remember having it when I was a kid at my grandma’s…and that was probably the last time I had it!

  19. Weighting For 50

    More yogurt? Bring it on. I LOVE barley…just bought some a couple of weeks ago with the plan to make barley risotto. Didn’t, and now that I’m laid up for a couple of weeks, the barley risotto will have to wait. Take care Vat. (and I’d sure love that meatloaf)

  20. I have no idea how some of your meals come in so low in the calorie department when they look so decadent. I would think that slice of meatloaf with bacon and bbq would be 483 calories all by itself. Way to go! That is a scrummy looking dinner.

    • I use to figure out the calories – I weigh all the food I eat just about so its pretty accurate: the meatloaf plate – 54 calories for the bacon, 110 calories for the mashed potatoes, 259 calories for the 3 oz. meatloaf, 40 calories for 1/2 tsp. of olive oil I sauteed the 20 calories of zucchini – whew! 😀

      Glad you had such a great weekend Skip – it made me so happy!

  21. I think I’ve only put barley in soups? That shrimp looks so delicious with the coloring! I just bought some (frozen) shrimp with a Taste of Home recipe in mind- but I might have to switch paths 😛

  22. Happy to finally see the bacon meatloaf you told me about!!

  23. wrapped in bacon! I really think I could eat anything if it was wrapped in bacon like that. Is that weird? haha

  24. melissalikestoeat

    I’m a huge meatloaf fan! My favorite meatloaf recipe is the one on the box of the Lipton Onion Soup Mix box. Except I double the packets of soup mix. 🙂

    Chobani needs to send me some yogurt too!! I’m obsessed with it!

  25. I think meatloaf gets such a bad name…but I love it! It isn’t “pretty”…unless it’s wrapped in bacon! But, it’s delicious! I am loving Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, too – so, so good…and filling! I’m glad to hear your feedback on that recipe, it definitely caught by eye on Cara’ blog 🙂

  26. It has been years since I had meatloaf, and I actually love it. Anything with the name ‘loaf’ scares the crap out of Tom 🙂

    That is so cool Chobani is sending you the yogurt, lucky you!

  27. I love barley, but don’t cook with it very often. Not really sure why. I’m definitely going to have to give it a go in a risotto or some other dish though, instead of just using it in soup. Can’t say I’ve ever seen lobster bouillon for sale anywhere here though.

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