How Did Tosca Reno's Brown Rice Meatloaf Turn Out?

How Did Tosca Reno’s Brown Rice Meatloaf Turn Out?

So how did Tosca Reno's Brown Rice Meatloaf turn out?

Have you ever picked out a recipe after looking at the ingredients and thinking to yourself - "HEY this looks pretty easy. Yes I will make it" only to discover on closer inspection that the prepping to make it is LOT more work than you originally thought?

Yep, that was this recipe for me.

Initially I thought meatloaf? Well, meatloaf is easy right? And really it is EXCEPT FOR THE PREP work.

So we set out the day before making sure we had all the ingredients, as well, I planned on doing it for this blog soooooo. First thing I realized about this recipe is that there is actually another recipe 'within' this recipe.

Yes there is a plain, low-fat yogurt cheese recipe or as Tosca calls it Yogurt Cheese that I will be including here too.

In fact, I LOVED THIS recipe and plan on using it often BUT I do not believe I did it right this time around. I will explain later what I did wrong with this part.  Needless to say I did have to buy cheesecloth for it and a small colander as I only had a large colander. And really, for a very newbie kitchen explorer, the cheese cloth took a bit of time for me and my daughter Erica to find in the store. Lol

So the day before cooking this recipe we went to the store and bought the couple things we needed for the 'other' recipe within this recipe (yogurt cheese).

And the day before actually making the recipe I had to prep for the  Yogurt Cheese and cook the brown rice as the meatloaf called for COOKED brown rice. Whew! Already a lot of steps lol.

Here is the Recipe and Directions for Tosca Reno's Yogurt Cheese from her book "The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbo0k".

Ingredients for the Yogurt Cheese:
2 Quarts/ 1.9L Low-fat plain yogurt, dairy or soy based
Method for Yogurt Cheese:
1. Place 4 layers of damp cheesecloth in a fine mesh sieve or colander. Place the colander over a bowl.
2. Add Yogurt and let it drain overnight in the refrigerator.
3. Discard the water from the bowl.
The result from the draining process will leave you with a soft, creamy, cheese-like product in the sieve. This is a wonderful base into which you can mix just about anything, since yogurt cheese readily takes on the flavors of whatever you choose to mix with it.

Ok, so we put our yogurt to drain and cooked the brown rice and NOW were prepared for mixing the rest of the ingredients the next day to make the Brown Rice Meatloaf.

I have to tell you me and my son Brent picked this based on the picture of it, the ingredients list that looked doable and because we LIKE meatloaf. Obviously if you are NOT a meatloaf kind of person this will probably NOT be for you.

Brown Rice Meatloaf Recipe

1 pound/454g lean ground turkey or chicken or ground bison
1 cup/240ml cooked brown rice (any color brown rice will do)
1 egg
3/4 cup/180ml plain, low-fat yogurt cheese (see above for recipe)
1/2 cup/120 ml finely chopped onion
1/2cup/120 ml finely chopped red, green or yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup/120 ml finely chopped celery
1 tbsp/15 ml low-sodium soy sause or tamari
1tsp/5 ml sea salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1tsp/5 ml crumbled dried oregano
1tsp/5ml crumbled dried basil
Eat-Clean Cooking Spray
1. Preheat oven to 350*F /177* C
2. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients with a pair of clean hands. Place in a loaf pan that has been sprayed with light coating of nonstick cooking spray. Bake for about an hour. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 min before cutting.

Yep we ALL worked together to make this recipe happen. Plus we 2 and a half times it as I had 2 1/2 pounds of ground turkey instead of the 1lb used in the recipe and I LIKE to make lots of food when I make food soooo Erica read the recipe to us and added the eggs to the diced onions.

We had to do SOME MATH while figuring out how much to put in of different ingredients because it was not just 1/2 cup of peppers but instead 1 1/4 cup due to making a bigger batch. Brent and I diced all the veggies that go into this recipe and really it was a LOT of fun.

My son Brent recently told me he wants to be a chef some day and really, really wants to learn HOW to cook and wants to help me as much as possible. And because Brent wants to help so does his younger sister, my beautiful daughter Erica as well. So we all worked together and really all I was thinking was "If I can get them really, really good and comfortable cooking then I WON'T have to do it ANYMORE!!!

YAY Ok, I do realize that is a bit down the road but I gotta have goals right? Lol

So it took a bit of time getting everything diced and finally we got our Yogurt Cheese out and our Ground Turkey and spices and it was time to mix. Just remember in looking at this next picture I made sure the kids really, really washed their hands. Lol

And then Erica had to get her hands in there too...

And you can see HOW much FUN they had. Hahaha

OK so HOW did it turn out? Delicious I say.

ALL of us had TWO servings it was so good. The only part that didn't come out as I believe it was suppose to was the Yogurt Cheese. Hardly any water drained from it and it was still pretty much just yogurt. I don't know if it was because I forgot to wet the cheesecloth or I put too much yogurt into colander and should have done little at time. But the meatloaf ended up being not so TIGHT and together and some water at bottom of pan. Looking at the picture below you don't really see that but...

Oh yeah,  the recipe called for a loaf pan but really any pan will do. So would I make this recipe again? Yes but I would try to figure out WHY my Yogurt Cheese stayed runny and then made my meatloaf a little runny too. Still tasted GREAT! Give it a try and stop back and let us know HOW it turned out for YOU:)

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  1. Make sure you purchase yogurt with gelatine in the ingredients list. It has to be the kind of yogurt that requires stirring upon opening the lid. This should help next time you make the yogurt cheese.

  2. Thanks Gregor, I will try this recipe. Sounds delicious.

  3. Tonia Miller says:

    Instead of yogurt cheese, I use 0% Fage, and it works just great! This is a family favorite!

  4. just use greek yogurt, its already drained.

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