Tuesday, June 18, 2013

RECIPE} Veggie Filled Turkey Meatloaf

I was running out of the house for my weekly girls night and trying to figure out what to do for dinner. I usually have dinner ready in a crock-pot on Tuesday's, because it's just easiest. However, this particular day, I forgot. 

Whenever my husband is in charge of dinner, the fruits and veggies are typically forgotten. I try and make things as simple as possible, the less "sides" the better. So, I came up with this recipe on the fly. It's a shepherds pie, gets' a healthy makeover, kind of idea. 

I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, but I got a text message an hour after I left saying "it was delicious, the best meatloaf I've ever had", so I guess I can say it was a success!

You can definitely substitute any of these veggies for another, if you prefer. Make it your own! 


1lb ground turkey
1 egg
1 C spinach, chopped
1/2 C red and yellow peppers
3 large carrots, shredded
1/2 C bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste

Mashed "Potatoes"

2 medium baking potatoes 
1/2 head of cauliflower, steamed
1/2 - 1 C chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

To begin this recipe, start with your mashed "potatoes". 
Peel and cut your potatoes into quarters. Place them in a pot of water and bring to a boil. 
Let them cook, uncovered until tender, about 15 minutes. 
Once complete, drain the water and leave the potatoes in the pot.

Cut the cauliflower head in half. Remove the leaves and stalk. 
Steam the cauliflower for about 15 minutes, until tender.
Add cooked cauliflower to the pot with the potatoes. 

While the potatoes and cauliflower are cooking, go ahead and begin working on your meatloaf. 

Use a hand mixer to blend the cauliflower and potatoes together. Add small amounts of chicken broth, while mixing the two. You do NOT want to add too much broth, or your mixture will become too loose!

Wash and chop/shred all veggies. If you have a food processor, use it, but be sure to stop prior to pulverizing. 
Mix all ingredients above in a large bowl  and mix together. 

 Tak about 3/4 of the turkey and form it around the meatloaf pan. You want to be sure to leave room to put the potatoes and cauliflower in the middle. 

Go ahead and fill the center, with the mashed potatoes and cauliflower.

Once this is complete, cover the top of your potatoes and cauliflower with the remaining ground turkey. 

Place in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes. The time may vary depending on your oven. 

Once complete, let the meatloaf cool for a few minutes (about 5) to set. Then slice and serve!

I don't have a completed picture, because I was not home when this was served, and there was barely anything left when I got home! That's a good thing ;)


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