I know a lot of you are health conscious which is very hard to do especially around the holidays. I often try to make substitutions in meals to cut the fat and calories out of the food. I have to watch what I eat even though I sometimes slip and eat stuff like pizza which isn't a good thing for my health but great on my taste buds.

One of my favorite comfort meals to make is meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes. All of these foods are not the best foods to eat for diabetics. I thought of ways I could prepare the meal without all the calories and fat. I came up with the idea of chicken meatloaf, replacing the macaroni and cheese with a green vegetable, and turning the mashed potatoes into mashed cauliflower. It wasn't bad at all. I would like to share with you the meatloaf I made with this meal.

Ingredients

1 lb ground chicken

1 small onion

1 small green pepper

1 cup oatmeal

1 can tomato sauce

1 egg

Salt and pepper

1 Tsp garlic powder

Grab a mixing bowl and add the ground chicken. Chop up the green pepper and onion and add to the mixing bowl. I like to use a lot of green pepper and onion to make the meatloaf taste better. Add in the tomato sauce sometimes I will use tomato paste to help hold it together. Crack the egg into the mixture. Salt and pepper the mixture generously or according to how much you want to use. Some people use more salt than others. I prefer using a lot of pepper and less salt in my food and I try not to add it at the dinner table unless it really needs it. Add in the cup of oatmeal or if you choose you can use breadcrumbs. I like oatmeal because oats are good for you. Wash your hands because here comes the dirty part. Mix the ingredients up with your hands and pat into a loaf pan. Put into a hot 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile prepare your sauce for the loaf.

Meatloaf sauce

2 Tbsp brown sugar

1 Tsp mustard

½ cup ketchup

In a small bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients mixing well. Remove the loaf and spread the sauce evenly over the loaf. Place back in the oven for an extra 15 minutes. When done remove loaf and let cool before slicing so that it doesn't break apart.