Why Trump was right to feed Chris Christie White House meatloaf

Don’t hit the meatloaf. He has a bad reputation.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat had lunch with President Donald Trump on Valentine’s Day and, according to Christie, Trump made him eat White House meatloaf. “This is what it is to be with Trump”, Christie said during a guest host spot on a radio show Thursday. “He says, ‘Here’s the menu, you order whatever you want.’ And then he says, ‘Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.’ According to Christie, Trump said, “I’m telling you, the meatloaf is fabulous. (He didn’t say what made him so good.)

It’s no surprise that this American staple, originally a cheap European comfort food, has fallen out of favor. It is sometimes served to prisoners who are violent or throw food. But meatloaf doesn’t have to taste bad or even be unhealthy.

Few could fault Christie for looking at other items on the White House menu. Meatloaf might not be the menu item of choice for many Americans in 2017, but it doesn’t have to taste bad and, eaten in moderation, it doesn’t even need to be. to be unhealthy.

A large slice has between 180 calories and 294 calories, 23 grams of protein and 27 grams of total fat. Compare that to a CMG Chipotle burrito,
+ 0.08%,
which contains twice as many calories as a McDonald’s MCD,
+ 0.02%
Big Mac (530 calories). In fact, a burrito contains almost a full day of calories: a burrito with chicken, white rice, black beans, vegetable fajitas, tomatillo-green pepper salsa, guacamole and cheese with a side. of crisps contains 1,695 calories.

One of the reasons it’s not popular: almost 40% of consumers say they have reduced their consumption of red meat, citing health reasons, a study by the Mintel market research group revealed, even as prices have fallen 19% over the past two years to $ 3.62 a pound.

Meatloaf and other traditional recipes have also fallen into disuse, nutritionists say, because they take longer to prepare and people don’t have the time (or inclination) to cook from scratch and it hasn’t always (or often) been made with premium beef. . In addition, these old-fashioned recipes are not passed down from generation to generation.

Meatloaf is not a trendy dish

This ancient American staple, originally an inexpensive European comfort food, is often made with leftovers. It is sometimes served to prisoners who are violent or throw away food, according to National Public Radio.

“Prisons and prisons are allowed to come up with their own version, so some resort to crushing the remains into a dense mass which is reheated.” NPR reported. “Other institutions make breads out of thin air from grated and mashed vegetables, beans and starches. They are made even more unappetizing by being served in a small paper bag, without seasoning.

Why has it lost popularity when other foods like, say, mac and cheese are still popular? Some food bloggers blame the word “bread” on top of the current aversion to red meat. People don’t have time to make food out of thin air. And many of these old-fashioned recipes aren’t passed down from generation to generation.

Why has it lost popularity when other foods like, say, mac and cheese are still popular? Some food bloggers blame the word “bread” (in addition to the current aversion to red meat).

The PioneerWoman.com is one of those blogs that tries to put it back in fashion: “Imagine the title of this dish didn’t include the word ‘bread’. Instead, focus on the simplicity of the ingredients: a nice mix of meat bound with bread and eggs and delicious with Parmesan and seasonings. (Others have combination macaroni and cheese and meatloaf to create an epic comfort food.)

There are ways to make meatloaf healthier

It’s likely the White House used the best (and leanest) beef in their meatloaf. “There’s nothing wrong with making a traditional meatloaf, but I recommend using a leaner cut of ground beef,” says Elizabeth DeRobertis, chief dietitian at Scarsdale Medical Group in Scarsdale, NY

“There are many recipes for turkey meatloaf, some even hiding vegetables in the recipe. If the meatloaf comes with mashed potatoes, yes, it’s a higher calorie and fatty meal. But a turkey meatloaf with two sides of vegetables is perfectly healthy and fine. Also use sea salt and spices to reduce sodium.

Ground meat labeled 90% lean or higher is a good choice, says Jill Weisenberger, a registered dietitian and author of Yorktown, Va.The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition. ”

Instead of white breadcrumbs, she suggests adding whole wheat breadcrumbs or oatmeal. “Some people even like to puff it up with grated zucchini or other vegetables,” she says. “Think about what else you eat at mealtime. Try to eat at least a cup of non-starch, low-calorie, healthy vegetables like green beans, broccoli, spinach, carrots, cauliflower, etc.

Health advocates recommend eating no more than 500 grams (18 ounces) of red meat per week, MarketWatch recently reported. Harvard Health, a blog published by Harvard Medical School, recommends that red meat only make an appearance in your diet every now and then, and you should eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds each day, with small portions of cheese, yogurt, poultry fish or eggs each day.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if meatloaf came back in the near future,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot, registered dietitian in private practice in New York City and founder of F Factor diet. “Like fashion, retro tableware is always coming back into fashion. “

The good news: Chris Christie ate White House meatloaf, he told the New Jersey radio show, and had no complaints.

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