Don't waste leftover vegetable pulp that is extracted when you make healthy green drinks in your juicer! The extracted pulp is the secret to a Kicked Up Meatloaf! It works because most of the liquid is gone and the remaining pulp is somewhat dry, but still loaded with nutrients and fiber.
The juicer vegetable pulp makes a perfect filler for a Kicked Up Meatloaf resulting in a fabulous flavor and healthier meal. This time-honored trick of sneaking minced veggies into your family's meal for healthier eating is perfected with leftover juicer vegetable pulp.
The one tip I highly recommend is to juice all your starch and leafy veggies first and save that pulp for the meatloaf. Most daily juices add other ingredients such as apple, ginger, lemon or pineapple for balance. Juice those last. In this recipe I used kale, spinach, carrots, parsley and celery for the vegetable pulp. I added chopped onion to the meatloaf mix. Do not juice the onion or garlic unless you REALLY want that intense flavor in your juice drink.
I love my Brevillle Elite Juicer. It extracts the juice from the pulp in seconds! Wash your veggies and cut in large chunks to fit the chute. Peeling is not necessary! The juice fills the pitcher, and the pulp is extracted to the catch bin. This makes saving the pulp very easy. Clean-up is a breeze as the key parts of the Breville are stainless steel and comes apart easily. You can even freeze the leftover pulp for future recipes. I have seen recipes for fruit pulp to make fruit leather.
A big shout out to food blogger and friend Sally Roeckelle at Table and Dish who inspired me to pull out the juicer from storage. She made an amazing green drink for me in her Breville from kale, celery, spinach, lemon, ginger and apple. It was refreshing and so healthy! I was energized for the whole day. She advises to drink fresh made juice within 20 minutes to get the most out the fresh nutrients. Get the recipe and read more about the juice movement at her blog here.
Once you have about 2-3 cups of extracted vegetable pulp making Kicked Up Meatloaf with Juicer Vegetable Pulp with is easy. Here is the quick guide:
Mix all the meatloaf ingredients in a bowl. I used a combination of ground beef and pork for the best flavor.
With clean hands, mix to thoroughly combine.
Fill a standard meat loaf pan with the mixture. Make a sauce with ketchup, yellow mustard and brown sugar to pour on top. This is optional but my husband loves it.
Bake for 1 hour at 350F. Pour off any excess liquid and let cool for 10 minutes. Slice and serve. You can see how each slice is moist and loaded with vegetables. Delicious!
It reheats beautifully with ready-made Bob Evan's Original Mashed Potatoes and tastes even better the second day. I even tossed some leftover Kicked-Up Meatloaf in my Marinara Sauce for a delicious and quick pasta meal.
Kicked Up Meatloaf with Juicer Vegetable Pulp
- 1 ¼ pound ground beef 85%
- 1 pound ground pork
- ½ large sweet onion chopped
- 3 cups vegetable pulp extracted from juicer - combo of parsley, carrots, spinach, kale, celery
- 1 egg
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons worchestire sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Sauce for Topping
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl add ground beef and pork, onions, vegetable pulp, egg, ketchup, bread crumbs, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix well with your hands until evenly incorporated.
- Transfer the meat mixture to a standard loaf pan. Pack down to avoid air pockets.
- Mix ketchup, brown sugar and mustard in a small bowl until smooth. Pour the ketchup sauce evenly across the loaf.
- Place loaf pan on a baking sheet to catch any bubbling over. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees. Do not let the sauce on the top burn. Pour off the extra liquid from the loaf pan.
- Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes before slicing.