Ohhhhh, MAN!! This meal was made TWICE in one night at my house! Well, yes it was that good, but specifically, I was invited to take part in a meal train for a community member. If you don't know, a meal train is when someone is sick, or has a new baby, or needs help in some way for some reason and the community gathers together to take meals to them for a few weeks. It's brilliant. I've been on both ends of a meal train, and let me just tell you, it is nothing short of amazing to watch people team up to help in any way they can.
This one was so good and pretty easy that I decided that's what we were having, too! Besides, doesn't that make it easier on you? Just doubling up and feeding the masses? This particular family's special request was lean meats and veggies and mostly low-carb! Ah! A family after my own heart! So I made low-carb home-style turkey meatloaf with pan gravy, cheesy cauliflower "mac", seasoned wilted spinach, broiled tomatoes, and a simple salad. Just threw in some organic juice and chocolate crackers for the kiddos, and some vino for mommy and daddy, and created a meal train marveloso!!
Home-style turkey meatloaf recipe below - you know the kind: crumbly, savory goodness that melts in your mouth? Use for a meal train to bless someone, or for yourself to bless yer belly!!
HOME-STYLE TURKEY MEATLOAF
1 large carrot, diced fine
1/2 onion, diced fine
2 garlic cloves, diced fine
extra virgin olive oil (evoo)
sea salt pepper
1/4 cup red wine
1 family pack ground turkey blend (not just breast meat)
1/2 cup oats
1 tbs sea salt
1 tbs pepper
1 tbs paprika
1 tbs cumin
1 tbs your favorite steak seasoning
1 can rotel
Over medium heat, sprinkle about 2-to-3 tablespoons of evoo and let heat through for about a minute. Add your diced carrots, onions, and garlic and stir. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of sea salt and pepper and stir again. Let cook for about 5 minutes, until just-soft, and then hit the pan with the wine. Using a wooden spoon or one safe for your pan, scrape the bottom and stir the veggies for one more minute. Remove from heat.
In a bowl, combine ground turkey, eggs, oats, seasonings, and rotel. Add vegetable mixture from the pan. Mix until just blended. Pour meat mixture into a prepared baking pan and sprinkle the top with Worcestershire sauce. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Slice up and plate, and then use those gorgeous juices left in the baking pan for gravy!!
NOTES: I use any regular red wine - it does not have to be labeled for cooking. Mix the meat well, but do not over-mix. Turkey can tend to get tough if you over-mix. Sprinkle enough Worcestershire sauce to just cover the top, not too much! You are now the hit of the meal train peeps!!