Do foods have stereotypes too? Because meatloaf has always felt like a Sunday meal to me. I bet it’s the Sunday special at several restaurants and the last time I heard my brother mention making meatloaf to his girlfriend he said “you’ll probably want to make that on Sunday, right?”. It takes me back to my childhood…my parents cooking meatloaf and mashed potatoes for dinner as the fourth load of laundry was going in the washer, piles of folded clean clothes were taking over the couches waiting for their owners to collect them and the Browns football game was playing on TV turning my Dad and brother into at home coaches and announcers! It’s funny how such a simple memory can be remembered in great detail. I can picture it all perfectly. 🙂 But should we really be limiting meatloaf to Sundays? Kinda rude of us, don’t you think? I’ve made this turkey meatloaf so many times since discovering the recipe. I love making this on a weeknight mostly because it’s.just.so.easy!! Wednesday is a great day for this turkey meatloaf since some of us (me!) start to get a little lazy around Thursday when the work week begins catching up with you! Hello yummy leftovers. And there I go trying to create a stereotype for turkey meatloaf now! We’ll just call it the Weeknight Meatloaf.
This tasty recipe only has 7 ingredients….plus 3 more for the sauce! It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to whip up and get in the oven. If you have a ninja (the food processor, not the martial arts extraordinaire dressed in black) use that for “chopping” the onion or making homemade bread crumbs! Super quick process! That little processor has made my life easier on multiple occasions. I also love using it when making potato soup that calls for finely chopped onion, celery and carrot. I clean up and make the mashed potatoes while the meatloaf bakes. I love recipes that allow you to multi-task like that. Successfully multi-tasking in the kitchen and having a really small mess leftover at the end of dinner makes me feel like I have these wife and stepmom roles down! And that calls for a reward…glass of read wine anyone? Except in more cases than not, you’ll actually find me lounging on the couch with my sleepy time tea at the end of the night instead. You too? 🙂
Want to make this your Wednesday dinner and Thursday lunch this week? Check out the recipe below! Don’t forget to garnish with that pinch of parsley 😉
Your go to weeknight meatloaf recipe
- 1 Ib lean ground turkey
- 1/2 egg beaten
- 1/2 onion finely chopped
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp Italian Bread Crumbs dried
- salt and pepper to taste
- dried parsley from garnish
Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, mustard and ketchup and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, onion, milk, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Mix well.
Transfer the meat to a lightly buttered 9×13 baking dish. Using your hands, form meat into a loaf. Add another dash of salt and pepper, if desired.
Pour sauce over top the meatloaf and sprinkle with dried parsley. Cover and bake for 45-50 minutes or until cooked through. Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Have a beautiful day!