Turkey Meatloaf

I am a busy Mom, of 5. That’s not including a new Nonna to a beautiful little Grandbaby girl. Who, by the way I literally just had to stop typing, one sentence in to this article to hold her. She had just finished a bath, at 1 month old, baths are not her favorite thing and she was very upset. My Nonna heart couldn’t take the sadness and tears and just had to hold her, shush her and calm her. ( which I am pretty good at) Oh, i didn’t mention she is a red head. I firmly believe after 5 of my own babies that red heads, are a special bunch. They are so good at going from 0-900 in a matter of seconds. I thought I was bad! I’m Italian, we are definitely not known for endless bounds of patience. Anyhow, I’m busy. I love to find recipes and adapt them to make them easy enough to fit my hectic schedule of Mom, Nonna, Wife and Daughter. I say daughter because my Mother also lives with us. Like I said, busy.

The other night, I was craving comfort food. The day before we had taken a family annual trip to a pumpkin patch in which I had purchased a Salted Carmel Apple pie to take home. That, was going to be the dessert, now I had to decide the main course. Fall, is the Season where my heart and soul start craving warm beverages and warm comfort foods. I think Meatloaf is probably pretty high on the list of comfort foods. I do love an all beef meatloaf, like my Great Grandma made, that was the same as my Grandma made, and the same as my Mother had made. But, every now and then I like to switch it up with a nice Turkey meatloaf. Its especially nice in the Fall months. I use to make a recipe that I found online through the Rachel Ray website. That was delicious, but then I lost the recipe, and when I went to search it, I found new versions of it. So, the hunt began for a new, easy, just as good recipe. Hello, Pinterest! There it was, a five ingredient recipe for Turkey Meatloaf. And, I had all of the ingredients on hand! SCORE!  The recipe is as follows:
1- pound ground turkey, lean
2- eggs
1- 2 ounce Lipton onion soup mix
1- 6 ounce package of Lipton Stove top stuffing ( I had chicken on hand)
1- cup water
extra virgin olive oil for drizzling ( optional)
(5 min prep time; 60 minute cooking time)
In a large bowl place stuffing mix followed by the 1 cup of water. Mix well and let sit for a minimum of 2 minutes allowing the dry mixture to soak up the liquid. Then place the ground turkey, onion soup mix and 2 eggs, ( I give the eggs a little whisk first, it makes for easier mixing), and combine thoroughly.
Place into a 9×9 glass pan, pat down, drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on top and bake at 350 degrees for an hour. TIP: if you double the recipe, use a 9×13 glass pan. Cooking time may vary when doubling.
melissa-meatloaf
I served this with a Cesar Salad, ( just a kit in a bag) easy peas! My 7 year old likes to blend the salads! Baked Potato, ( mashed with gravy would also be fantastic),but I chose baked because I loathe peeling and chopping potatoes; not to mention that’s time consuming. And a side of garlic soy fresh green beans. It was a hit for everyone and let me say, pleasing all 9 people in my home is not easy!
ENJOY!!!
Melissa Donnelly
Melissa has a growing passion for encouraging others through the wisdom and words that Christ gives her.  She is the mother to five awesome children, the youngest two being twins, and the helpmate to her husband, Travis.  Melissa grew up in Upstate New York near Lake Ontario and, after many moves with the army, now makes her home with her family in Stromsburg, Nebraska.  She is a volunteering mom at her children's schools and the founder of Community Toy Drive and also has started a library ministry in her home church.  Next to loving her family, Melissa's Italian core kicks in and she loves to feed people until they could burst.  Jeremiah 29:11. "'For I know the plan I have for you', declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" (NIV)

Melissa has a growing passion for encouraging others through the wisdom and words that Christ gives her. She is the mother to five awesome children, the youngest two being twins, and the helpmate to her husband, Travis. Melissa grew up in Upstate New York near Lake Ontario and, after many moves with the army, now makes her home with her family in Stromsburg, Nebraska. She is a volunteering mom at her children’s schools and the founder of Community Toy Drive and also has started a library ministry in her home church. Next to loving her family, Melissa’s Italian core kicks in and she loves to feed people until they could burst. Jeremiah 29:11. “‘For I know the plan I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” (NIV)

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