Turkey Meatloaf and Roasted Asparagus

Turkey meatloaf

In an attempt to start eating healthier, I have been cooking with ground turkey and found this delicious recipe for turkey meatloaf.  It is fantastic and simple to make.

Since ground turkey is pretty expensive (when compared to ground beef) I generally cut the recipe in half and make it in a loaf pan.

Here’s how I make it:

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup 1% milk
  • 1/2 medium onion peeled and diced
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In small bowl, stir together oats and milk.  In a large bowl combine the turkey, oat mixture, diced onion and bell pepper, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt, and a couple grinds of pepper.  Mix until just blended.
  3. Place in loaf pan.  Flatten out mixture.  Pour tomato sauce over and bake for 1 hour or until thermometer reads 160 degrees F.  Let stand for 15 minutes.  Which just happens to be the amount of time needed to prepare the asparagus.

Roasted Asparagus

I love asparagus and after reading this recipe I realized how simple it is to roast and learned a couple new tricks.

  1. When you purchase your asparagus, you are supposed to store it upright in a container of water (who knew?).  Well maybe you all did, but I sure didn’t.  It stays good in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
  2. Place top rack close to the top of the oven.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  3. Wash thoroughly and dry.
  4. Here is a neat trick.  Asparagus has a built-in mechanism for determining the waste portion of the stalk: put one hand on the stalk end of the asparagus, place the other hand half way up the stem, then snap off the end and discard the stalk portion.
  5. Cut asparagus into bite sized-pieces.
  6. Place asparagus into large Ziploc bag, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sea salt, and cracked pepper.  Close bag and shake to coat the asparagus.  Set aside for up to 1 hour (until your are ready to bake it).
  7. Pour contents onto foil-lined baking sheet.  Spread into a single layer and bake for 8 – 10 minutes (don’t overcook).

Add a salad and you have a delicious, healthy meal

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