We’ve made it to February! Still desiring comfort food but getting bored. When the sun came out today and the birds started chirping I thought about Spring which will hopefully be here soon. When I made my grocery list the Whole Foods app asked me if I wanted to buy ground turkey again (is it weird that it knows all my shopping history?) and of course I said, sure.
I added green pepper and onion to the cart and realized I haven’t made meatloaf in forever! Why not, it’s so easy, so nostalgic, so delicious, and actually quite good for you. This recipe is derived from the way I watched my parents make it growing up. I don’t recall ever seeing a written down recipe but I think it went something like this:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1 small green pepper, finely diced
1/2 small onion, finely diced
3 tbsp ketchup
1 1/2 tbsp spicy brown mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire
1 lb ground turkey ( or beef )
1/4 cup quick oats
salt and pepper
Begin by gently sweating the pepper and onion with olive oil, butter, and a dash of salt and pepper. Cook them gently for 5-7 minutes until they have softened. Now add them to a mixing bowl. While the veggies cool gather the rest of your ingredients and dump them all in the same bowl. Mix everything together with a spoon and heat the oven to 350. Use cooking spray or vegetable oil to grease a bread pan and then put the whole meatloaf mixture into the pan. Squeeze some more ketchup onto the top and smooth it out. Bake in the oven until the internal temperature reaches 160 (about 50 minutes).
Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans. Enjoy!