Friday, February 18, 2011

Turkey and Herb Meatloaf

For Valentine's Day I invited some of my single friends over for dinner.  I wanted to make something healthy and decided on a meatloaf.  I made up this recipe and it was a huge hit!! I am definitely going to make this one of my staples!  It feeds 4 people perfectly. I stole 2 slices to put in my lunch for the next day, but if I hadn't done that we would have eaten the whole loaf!! Whoops!  It was moist and full of flavor! I hope you enjoy it as much as my friends and I did!!

Turkey and Herb Meatloaf
1 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1 tablesoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
2 zucchinis, chopped very small (see note below)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 eggs
1 onion chopped and sauteed, cooled
1 1/3 cup panko crumbs or breadcrumbs (plain or seasoned)
pepper to taste
**NOTE: I used a mini food processor to chop the herbs, the garlic, the onion, and the zucchinis.  I would do the zucchini separately, and make sure to squeeze out as much liquid as possible from it before mixing it into the meat mixture. Use a sieve or double layer of cheese cloth to do so!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and using clean hands to mix until all ingredients are incorporated throughout.  Place in a loaf pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake for about an hour and 10 minutes, uncovered, and let rest for about 5 minutes.  Serve with your favorite jar of marinara sauce, warmed up of course. Enjoy!

To make meatloaf muffins, divide into muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.


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