OK. Off to soccer practice we go.
I quickly found that by the time we get home it is 7:30. We need to fit in a good family dinner, bath time, and reading before it gets too late. In comes pre-planning. About a year ago I began planning out my weekly meals thanks to A Bowl Full of Lemons - Life-Organized. We don't always stick to the plan, but at least I have a call to action. It has made shopping, and preparation much more enjoyable.
Tonight we will be having a favorite...easy to prep and execute all thanks to Jessica Seinfeld and her Deceptively Delicious Cookbook.
Italian Meatloaf, smooth mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli. My daughters favorite! I prepared everything this morning and it's ready to go when we get home from practice.
Deceptively Delicious Italian Meatloaf
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup Italian-style (seasoned) breadcrumbs
½ cup nonfat milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 pound lean ground turkey (I used ground beef since I didn’t have turkey or chicken)
½ cup grated parmesan (I used mozzarella since I didn’t have enough Parmesan)
½ cup carrot puree
¼ cup ketchup
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup bottled tomato sauce
4 slices turkey bacon
I make about 4 cups and freeze in freezer bags in 1/2 cup increments.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, soak the bread crumbs in milk.
3. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set it over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add the oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the celery and cook 3 to 4 minutes longer. Scrape the mixture into the bowl with the breadcrumbs. Add the turkey, parmesan, carrot puree, ketchup, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
4. Transfer the mixture from the bowl to the loaf pan and smooth the top. Spread Tomato sauce over the meatloaf and lay the strips of bacon on top. Bake until the center of the meatloaf is no longer pink and the bacon begins to brown, 45-50 minutes. Cut into slices and serve.
Both my husband and my daughter love this. I don't substitute anything....maybe omit the celery once in a while if I don't have it on hand. But I found that following this recipe you will get a good, clean, healthy and very tasty meatloaf. It goes well with mashed potatoes and a veggie side. Oh, and yes, I have used regular bacon, rather than turkey bacon. Bacon always adds the "yum" factor!