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The Best Meatloaf You Will Ever Make

Now We're Cookin'!Everyone has a hand-full of go to recipes. That casserole that’s the hit of every potluck, that surprisingly awesome, yet healthy, dip for the pool party, and that comforting tuna and peas on toast that mom used to make.

This meatloaf is one of my favorite go to’s. It’s easy to make, healthy, it has fantastic flavor, and comforts my soul.  I’ve also made this recipe into meatballs recently for a small party and oh my – my head was spinning from all the compliments!  Those tasty meatballs disappeared in a flash.

I found this recipe watching Cook Yourself Thin on TV. Great show! I even ordered the cookbook. Problem is, the recipe changes from TV to cookbook, to an online version. This is my adaptation, the combination I landed on and love. I hope you do too!

Turkey Mini-Meatloaves 

For the meatloaves                                                              For the glaze
1 slice whole-wheat bread                                                 3 T ketchup
1/2 cup skim milk                                                                 1 T brown sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil                         Splash of hot sauce
1 onion, diced
5-ounce bag baby spinach leaves
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Grind the bread in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Transfer to a large bowl, and pour milk over crumbs. Set aside.

Heat 1 t. of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, about 5 minutes. Add spinach, and stir until just wilted, about 30 seconds. Add to crumb mixture. Add the turkey, cheese, egg, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Combine until well mixed; it will be quite wet.  Pack the mixture into a 1-cup dry measuring cup. Invert the cup onto a rimmed baking sheet, shaping into a mini-loaf or fill the cups of a lightly greased muffin tin.

In a small bowl mix the glaze; brush over meatloaves and bake until cooked through, about 40 minutes. If using a muffin tin, check at 30 minutes for doneness.

Serves 4

What is your go to favorite recipe? Please share in the blog comments. I love to try new recipes, and who know’s, your recipe may end up on this blog!

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