by Mar 21st, 2010 // Dinner, Recipes
Since my kid really digs meatballs, we decided to give meatloaf a try. This recipe is meant to be as close to meatballs as possible… making the food look and smell familiar always helps with getting the kid to taste it! The kid loves digging in mixing up the meat (worms) with his hands. We wash his hands very very well when we are done. Since my husband is a vegetarian, we made two mini loaves so we could freeze one. You can also make one large loaf if you’re feeding the whole fam.
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 large shallot chopped very finely
2/3 cup bread crumbs
2 cups tomato sauce
salt + pepper
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat oven at 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix together turkey, egg, shallot, bread crumbs, 1/2 cup tomato sauce and salt and pepper. Mold mixture with hands into one large loaf shape or two mini loaves. Place in the center of a greased 9×13 baking dish. Set aside. Meanwhile, mix together 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce, water, barbecue sauce, mustard and brown sugar. Pour sauce mixture over loaf and put in the oven. Spoon sauce over loaf periodically. Cook mini loaves for 1 hour or larger loaf for 1 hour 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Serves 4.
This looks better than my favorite turkey meatloaf at a shall-not-be-named LA hotspot….I will be making this for dinner!
that plate is super cute!
i'm so glad i found your blog! i'd never even turned on our ovens (for absolutely no good reason, we got two) before i had kids, and only started cooking when i realized i wanted them to have homemade purees with less water and more content/flavor. i halved this recipe, and to that added about 3/4 bag of trader joe's salad spinach i had left in the fridge (chopped up super-fine in the cuisanart). it was delicious – my kids (15 m.o. twins) gobbled it up, and we adults thought the sauce was deeeelicious. i will be back often, and can't wait to try cooking with my boys when they're a little bit older. your cooking-as-cure-for-pickiness theory makes so much sense, and it looks like so much fun!
I figured that I should thank you since we use your website so much. My kids look at the pictures and pick what is for dinner. My daughters holds the iphone and reads me the ingredients to buy when we are at the market. All the recepies we have made so far have been great. Thanks for helping me decide what the heck to make for dinner!
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