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Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf

Before I came back from Paris, my parents asked me what I would like for my welcome home dinner. They said ANYTHING was an option. Steak? Lobster? Crab legs? Going out to a super-fancy restaurant? They would try to arrange anything I wanted.

My choice? Meatloaf. I wanted my parents’ meatloaf.

They were a bit shocked and laughed, but I associated meatloaf with the comfort of home. And I know everyone (who likes meatloaf) tends to think that their family’s recipe is The BestTM, but I really loved my parents’ meatloaf. (My dad also made The BestTM grilled cheese sandwiches and my mom made The BestTM spaghetti sauce.)

So when I say that I have tried to make meatloaf since my parents died and have never been able to succeed in making some that I liked SO MUCH that I wanted to eat the entire thing until now…that’s saying something! Believe me, if I wasn’t on a diet, I’d probably have lost all self control over this one. I liked it THAT MUCH, and since I made it into mini-loaves, the portioning is already done to make leftovers really easy to fix.

Turkey Quinoa MeatloafTurkey Quinoa Meatloaf

Ingredients:

1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 (20 ounce, or 1.25 lb) package ground turkey
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon water Read the rest of this entry

Simple Turkey Chili

Turkey ChiliI’ve been looking for other things to do with ground turkey, and Ktok was craving chili lately, so it sounded like we had a winner as far as making a meal. There are three “best parts” about making a recipe like this: 1) You can make the servings as large or small as you want (though this recipe serves about 8), 2) It only took about an hour to cook (although I’m sure it would be just as good if done in a slow cooker), and 3) LEFTOVERS! I like having meals already made for raid night!

This was REALLY easy to make and I thought it tasted really good as-is. I’m sure you can modify it to fit your diet needs and taste preferences.

Simple Turkey Chili

Ingredients:

1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
2 cups water
1 (28 ounce) can canned crushed tomatoes
1 (16 ounce) can canned kidney beans – drained, rinsed, and mashed
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper Read the rest of this entry

Garlic and Ranch Turkey Burgers

I have been wanting to make something with ground turkey for a while now because it is not only rather healthy, but one recipe can be used for multiple meals like dinner with leftovers for bento box lunches.

Tonight I tried out a recipe from AllRecipes.com for Garlic and Ranch Turkey Burgers. It sounded flavorful enough without being overpowering. The result? Flavorful, juicy burgers without one flavor dominating. I didn’t use a bun for my burger, but paired it with a spinach salad with strawberries, mandarin oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado. (The salad could have used feta crumbles or something similar, but it was a VERY good pairing with this protein.)

Below is the recipe from the site, my notes afterward.

Garlic and Ranch Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey
1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
1 egg
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
seasoned salt and pepper to taste
Recommendation: Add 1/4 c or more of plain bread crumbs Read the rest of this entry