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.

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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

STEP 1

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.

STEP 2

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

Directions:

  • 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 Thai Red Curry

I’ve been cooking Thai food since I was a young child. I’ve made Red Curry all different ways. If you make the curry paste from scratch it can take a lot longer. I’ve opted to take the easy route and buy the curry paste. I do however, take the time to make home made chicken stock. I think this makes the curry so rich and flavorful. Also, adding fresh Thai basil is key. (don’t skimp not that)

Thai Red Curry

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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I made mine tonight with untraditional vegetables that are not typically used in Thai red curry recipes. I was inspired by the farmers market this week so I used what I found there.)

Ingredients:

1 can of red curry paste (I like the Maesri brand)

1 can of coconut milk (I like Chaokoh brand)

2 cups of chicken broth (I prefer homemade or a high quality brand)

1 package of organic chicken tenders

1 can of bamboo shoots (I like Chaokah brand)

1 Tablespoon of soybean oil or peanut oil

2 Teaspoons (or more to taste) of fish sauce (any brand will is fine)

1 Tablespoon of palm sugar or table sugar (if you want it sweeter, you can gradually add more)

1 large handful of Thai basil

1 Large zucchini (chopped)

1 handful of green beans (chopped)

1 handful of mushrooms (any kind is fine)

1 sweet onion (chopped)

Directions:

Heat the red curry paste and the oil together stirring regularly for about 1-2 minutes. This will help the curry paste waken up and the flavors to be more rich.  Add chopped onion and let the onions cook through.

Add 1 can of coconut milk and bring to a boil then add 2 cups of chicken broth.

Add the large handful of Thai basil (make sure your remove the stems).

Add bite sized chicken and let cook through.

Add all vegetables

Add sugar and fish sauce

Let boil until the vegetables are cooked through (about 20 minutes)

Serve over rice or noodles.

Can be kept in air tight container for up to 3 days.

Enjoy!

Thai Red CurryIngrediants
Thai Red Curry Ingrediants

Making the red curry base
Making the red curry base

Easy Thai Red Curry
Easy Thai Red Curry