Brown Sugar-Glazed Turkey Meatloaf

We eat a lot of meatloaf. When something clicks, especially for kids, you pay attention. But I can’t just keep making it the same way. There are only a few staple dishes and meals I don’t mess with at all. I guess I get bored making the same Rolodex of recipes so I usually try to vary even simple basic dishes. Like meatloaf. This one is good. And super easy to make. But the magic is in the glaze topping. Here you go.

WHAT YOU NEED
* 2lbs lean ground turkey
* 1 sweet onion, diced
* 2 eggs
* 1/2t ground black pepper
* 1/3C seasoned breadcrumbs
* 1 T Worcestershire sauce
* 1t garlic salt
* 1t onion powder
* 1/2C marinara sauce
for the glaze
* 1/4C brown sugar
* 1/4C ketchup
* 2t grainy dijon mustard

WHAT TO DO
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Mix together the turkey, onion, eggs, pepper, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, onion powder, and marinara sauce in a large bowl with your hands, careful not to over-mix. Transfer the mixture into the baking dish and form it into a loaf.

Add the brown sugar, ketchup, and mustard into a small bowl and mix until well-combined. Spread the glaze mixture over the meatloaf, and then put the baking dish into the oven. Bake for an hour and 20 minutes, or until the meatloaf is cooked through. Let cool for 5 minutes and then slice and serve.

Teriyaki Turkey Burgers

I’m sure it will come as a huge surprise to anyone who knows me or follows this blog that I’m obsessed with food blogs. I get a lot of inspiration from other foodie folks and generally jut like looking at pictures of pretty food. Well Plated is one of those blogs I just completely dig. Beautiful, creative, and totally make-able good food. Like, super good. Like, never fails good. Check her out! She recently posted these teriyaki burgers that I saved and just kept thinking about. I made some changes because the original recipe, while totally good for me, wouldn’t land with all the eaters at my table (namely the 5 year old). So inspired by this recipe from this awesome *other* blog you should check out and follow, here you go.

WHAT YOU NEED
* 1lb lean ground turkey
* 1/2C Panko bread crumbs
* 1T minced garlic
* 1/2T ginger paste
* 1/2t black pepper
* handful fresh cilantro, chopped
* 1/4C tropical teriyaki marinade (I use Soy Vay; if you can’t find this or another similar option, add some soy sauce and note that you may need to add more Panko to get the right consistency)
* canned pineapple rings
* 1 red onion, cut into thick slices
* olive oil
* hamburger buns, for serving

WHAT TO DO
In a bowl, mix together the ground turkey, Panko, garlic, ginger paste, black pepper, cilantro, and marinade until well combined.

Heat a little olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Form the meat into four equal-sized patties and cook for 5-6 minutes, then flip and cook another 4-5 minutes.

While the burgers are cooking, heat another pan over medium heat. Add the red onion slices and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Cook until the pieces begin to brown and soften, flip, and brown the other side. Careful not to let the onions burn. Remove the onions from the pan.

Add the pineapple slices to the same pan in which you cooked the onions and cook a few minutes per side to brown and carmelize. Remove from pan. 

Serve the burgers on a bun topped with pineapple and red onion and enjoy!

Easiest Turkey Meatloaf

It’s not an unusual or unique tradition, but we like to honor, celebrate, and acknowledge someone’s special day in our family (whatever that day might be) with a favorite meal or one of their choosing. Because food is a party, right?! Today was our girl’s first day of Kindergarten, so in preparation I asked her during our weekend meal planning what she’d like for dinner tonight. And she didn’t miss a beat at all: meatloaf and salad but not fancy meatloaf. So that’s what we had.

This is a simple, healthy, extremely basic and easy, and guaranteed pleaser of a meatloaf. No frills. No unusual ingredients you need to go out of the way to find. Just straight up good meatloaf (which, for the record, cannot be photographed well). And here you go.

WHAT YOU NEED

* 1lb lean ground turkey breast
* 1/8C, plus 1T ketchup (divided)
* 1/8C, plus 1T barbecue sauce(divided)
* 1t Worcestershire sauce
* 1T minced garlic
* 1 egg
* 1/3C Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
* 2T grated Parmesan cheese
* 1t dried thyme
* 1t dried oregano
* 1/2t salt
* 1/4t ground black pepper

WHAT TO DO
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a glass baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.

Add all of the ingredients except for a tablespoon each of ketchup and barbecue sauce, to a large bowl. Mix well by hand. Place the mixture into the prepared baking dish and shape it into a loaf.

Top the loaf with a tablespoon each of ketchup and barbecue sauce. Spread those out over the top and sides of the meatloaf evenly, mixing them together as you do.

Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes. Turn the oven off and let the meatloaf sit in the warm oven for 5 minutes and serve.

Be sure to make a salad to serve with it.

BLT Turkey Burgers

Most people choose turkey burgers as the healthier option- I guess I’ll have the turkey burger. I actually just really like turkey burgers. Truly. My husband, like many, thinks turkey burgers are the lesser burger. And one of his big complaints is that he thinks they tend to be dry. So I’ve gone about trying to come up with a turkey burger recipe that would prove to him that the turkey burger can hold its own. Here you go.

WHAT YOU NEED
* 1lb ground turkey
* 1/8C Greek yogurt
* 1/8C grainy dijon mustard
* 2 green onions, chopped
* 1T Worcestershire sauce
* 1t salt
* 1/2t black pepper
* 1 1/2t garlic powder
* 1/4-1/3C bread crumbs
* 1/4t cayenne pepper
* olive oil
* 8 slices thick cut, applewood smoked bacon
* 1 Roma tomato, cut into thick slices
* 4 leaves butter lettuce
* spicy dill pickle slices
* 4 pretzel buns, split

WHAT TO DO
Mix together the turkey, yogurt, mustard, green onions, Worcestershire, and seasonings in a bowl until well combined. Form into 4 even-sized patties.

Heat a little olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Cook the burgers 10-12 minutes, flipping once.

Meanwhile, cook your bacon to your liking.

Assemble your burgers: place a leaf of the lettuce on the bottom half of the bun, and place a burger on top. Add pickles and condiments of your preference (I’m not going to tell you whether to use ketchup/mustard/mayo/whatever–do your thing!) on the burger. Then too with two slices of tomato and finish with two strips of bacon. Top bun that baby and enjoy!

Even the Mister was impressed–and had seconds!