Turkey Meatloaf with Mash Potatoes and Arugula Salad

My aunt Patty is an amazing cook. She turned me onto using dark meat ground turkey a while back, since then I haven’t used any ground beef!  She mentioned she found this recipe for Turkey Meatloaf in the LA Times this weekend that was adapted by a recipe by Valerie Bertinelli. She said it was super easy to make and very tasty. I’ve been looking for a good meatloaf recipe so tonight I tried it.

Mixing the ingredients together was super easy, threw it into the oven for an hour. Came out very flavorful and moist.


Turkey Meatloaf

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 slices soft white sandwich bread, torn into small pieces (about 2 cups)

1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey

2 eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

8 thin slices pancetta (about 4 ounces), finely chopped

1/2 onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, pushed through a press

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon ketchup, divided

2 tablespoons balsamic glaze or vin cotto, or as desired

1 cup loosely-packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 cup Italian-style dried bread crumbs

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper


Heat the oven to 500 degrees. Combine the bread and milk in a large bowl and soak for 10 minutes. Add the turkey, eggs, cheese, pancetta, onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon ketchup, balsamic glaze, parsley, oregano, dried bread crumbs, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well with your hands.


Shape into an 8-inch by 5-inch loaf and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees and slather the remaining ketchup all over the top of the loaf. Bake until a meat thermometer inserted in the center of the loaf reads 165 degrees, about 45 minutes. Remove the meatloaf and set it aside to rest for 10 minutes, then transfer to a platter and serve.

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Easy BBQ Chicken

During my weekend cooking session with my friend Clifford we decided to make some BBQ chicken instead of fried chicken. This was probably the easiest protein i’ve cooked in a long time and it turned out so good!  You can make this any night of the week and your family will be super impressed!

Easy BBQ Chicken

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Easy BBQ Chicken –

  • 1-2 packages of Organic chicken legs, breast and wings (skin on)
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dried Parsley
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Trader Joes Organic Sriracha and BBQ sauce


  • Remove the chicken from packaging and since chicken.
  • Place in large bowl or container
  • Mix together all spices and rub all over chicken until coated
  • Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour
  • Heat grill
  • Place chicken on hot grill and baste with the Sriracha and BBQ sauce through the entire cooking process. (this will lock in flavor and keep the meat moist)
  • Cook until done (no pink inside)

Serve hot! Enjoy!

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Easy Dinner – Pan Fried Chicken and Vegetables

I’m trying to avoid carbs (I miss my rice) so tonights dinner is simple, easy and healthy. My family gobbled it up!  I am so inspired by the farmers market this week! All the vegetables are so delicious and fresh. Try to use organic, its much better for you.

Pan Fried Chicken and Vegetables

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Easy Pan Fried Chicken – 

  • 1 package of organic breast chicken
  • 1 tablespoon of Penzy’s poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 cup of Panko crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive oil


In a bowl combine the seasoning, Panko, flour, salt and pepper. Place chicken in bowl and coat all the chicken. Heat pan with olive oil and when hot, place chicken in pan. Cook until brown and cooked all the way through. Only turn one time for each side.

Pan fried vegetables –

  • 1 carrot (sliced into rounds)
  • 1 yellow squash (chopped into round circles)
  • 1 handful of green beans (chopped 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 1/4 cup of sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • salt and pepper


Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cut green beans into 1/2 inch pieces and remove the stems. Cut carrots into thin rounds (use a mandolin if you have one). Once the water is boiling, put the beans and carrots into the hot water for 3-5 minutes until semi-soft. Remove and place in a bowl. Dump water out of the pan you were using to boil the beans and carrots, place back on burner and add 2 tablespoons of butter and almonds. Stir until the butter is a little brown and add the chopped squash and stir for about 1-2 minutes. Add the beans and carrots and salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes until cooked through and the butter is browned and the almonds are crunchy.

Serve with the chicken and enjoy!


Vegetable Frittata and Arugula Salad

Who says you can’t have breakfast for dinner? I started back at the gym this week and I find it very difficult to get the amount of protein needed and keep my carbs down low. This healthy dinner provides lots of protein from eggs and 6 different types of vegetables. You can use any veggies you like or even throw in meat. I just used all my fresh vegetables I picked up at the farmers market. YUMMY!

Vegetable Frittata and Arugula Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Vegetable Fritta and Arugula Salad
Vegetable Fritta and Arugula Salad

  • I cup of chopped mushrooms (any kind is fine)
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1 cup of chopped asparagus
  • 1 cup of sweet onions
  • 6 organic eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of half and half
  • 1 cup of your favorite shredded cheese (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter or olive oil
  • salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 350

Stir together the butter or olive oil in a cast iron pan with onions. Cook until translucent and then add the mushrooms. When the mushrooms cook down, add the spinach and asparagus and sauté for about 1 minute. Whip the eggs in a bowl and add the salt and pepper and cheese. Add to the pan and stir for about 1-2 minutes. When you see the eggs start to form, put in the oven for 17 – 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool for 1 – 2 minutes.

Arugula Salad

  • 1-2 handfuls of arugula
  • 1 cup of chopped baby tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil

Toss together the arugula and tomatoes add vinegar and olive oil.


Mushrooms, Spinach, Asparagus, Onions
Mushrooms, Spinach, Asparagus, Onions

Vegetables for the frittata
Vegetables for the frittata

This is what the egg and vegetable mixture should look like before you put it in the oven.
This is what the egg and vegetable mixture should look like before you put it in the oven.

Frittata out of the oven.
Frittata out of the oven.

Easy Dinners – Baked Halibut and Pasta Salad

My daughter loves Hawaiian pasta salad. The creaminess of the mayo and milk and tartness of the white wine vinegar give the pasta a great flavor.

I don’t always cook everything from scratch every night, I don’t have the time. So, i get help from some frozen foods or cooked items from the grocery store and add in a homemade dish.

I still have some fresh corn, chives and tomatoes i picked up from the farmers market on Sunday. I decided to use those in my pasta salad tonight to pair with the Trader Joe’s Halibut. You can really use any veggies you wish. Traditional Hawaiian pasta salad just has carrots and onion.

I like to pair these together, you don’t need any tarter sauce for the fish.

Creamy Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 box of pasta (I like to use elbows or macaroni)
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup of fresh corn (cooked and taken off the husk)
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup of white onion (optional)
  • 1 cup of Mayo (you can use less if you wish)
  • 2 tablespoons of half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon (or 2 depending on taste) of white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper


Mix the mayo, cream, vinegar, salt and pepper together.

Add all veggies

Add Pasta

Stir together well


preparing corn
preparing corn

Pasta Salad ingrediants
Pasta Salad ingredients

Pasta salad dressing
Pasta salad dressing

Trader Joes Halibut is awesome!
Trader Joes Halibut is awesome!

Halibut and Pasta Salad
Halibut and Pasta Salad