I usually only blog about one recipe a week, but this one was too delicious not to share. My friend Ashlee Stubits shared it with me, and now I’m sharing it with you!
I’ve proposed making a meatloaf several times over the course of my 8-month marriage, but my husband never showed very much enthusiasm. I think his experience with meatloaf was just the soggy mush you see in the lunchroom cafeteria or the buffet line at the Golden Corral. I finally convinced him to give it a try and got the recipe from Ashlee (AKA I stalked her down and made her tell it to me over the phone as I prepared it!). Neither Shea nor I were disappointed!
Here’s what you’ll need (Serves 4):
1 pound of ground turkey
1 cup of finely chopped fresh parsley
3/4 of a medium-sized yellow onion, finely chopped
7 oz roasted red pepper (from the jar), finely chopped
1/2 cup of Italian bread crumbs
1 cup ground or shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste (I used about a teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop onion, parsley and red peppers. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl (You may want to whisk the egg separately before adding it.) It’s most efficient to use your hands to mash up the mixture…so wash them well and don’t be afraid to get dirty! Transfer mixture to 13×9 casserole dish and pat down into a loaf (I suggest spraying the dish with olive oil spray to prevent sticking!). Bake for 45 minutes. Let sit for a few minutes (or take several pictures of it like we did!). Serve and enjoy!
What I like about this recipe is that it relies on nutrient-dense veggies for flavor rather than lots of brown sugar or ketchup (You won’t even miss them!). You can also substitute different veggies, such as spinach, basil and different kinds of peppers and play with spices like oregano, rosemary and thyme. Make it your own, and of course share any successful tips with us!
Meatloaf also makes for great lunch leftovers! Or as Ashlee suggested, you can mash up the leftovers and combine it with spinach and pasta and you’ve got a whole additional dinner the next night!
Don’t be afraid to give yo mama’s meatloaf a nutritious makeover!
Have a healthy and happy holiday weekend.