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My family loved the interesting and delightful combination of the comforting and familiar Meat Loaf ingredients mixed with elements not traditionally found in this basic dinner dish.


cardamom spiced meatlife

2 tablespoons butter

2 carrots, finely diced

1 onion, finely chopped

1 zucchini, finely diced

4 garlic cloves, crushed

2 teaspoons ground cardamom

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 pounds ground beef

2 eggs

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup

1/3 cup plain yogurt

2 teaspoon salt

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the carrots, onion and zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the cardamom, cumin, cinnamon, red pepper and black pepper, cook 30 seconds. Set aside.

Heat oven to 375F. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, 1/2 cup ketchup, yogurt, salt and cooked vegetable mixture just until blended.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Shape the meat and vegetable mixture into a 10-inch-by-5-inch loaf on the prepared pan. Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons of ketchup on top and sides of meatloaf. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let the meat loaf stand for 10 minutes before serving.


Recipe adapted from Oprah Magazine, March 2004