There are days when I arrive home wanting to prepare something quick and nourishing for dinner. Turkey meatloaf fits the bill perfectly. The inspiration for this recipe came from my colleague Linda, a remarkable woman with an effervescent personality. Around the “coffee maker” we often discuss our children, husbands, and food, usually in that order. Almost every night Linda goes home and cooks dinner for herself and her husband. Not the”light” meal that one might expect of a weeknight, but roasts, ribs or chicken, all accompanied by sides and a homemade dessert. According to Linda, “It isn’t dinner without dessert.”
Completely devoted to her family, Linda’s weekends are filled with family celebrations and outings, and although her children no longer live at home, she continues to cook for a crowd. Last week I had mentioned having 1 lb. of ground turkey in the fridge and Linda suggested that I make meatloaf, “something quick and easy.” I discovered that Linda was also making meatloaf that night, using 10 pounds of ground beef!!! That’s precisely what I love about her, embracing life to the fullest, Linda not only inspires me to cook, she inspires me to cook more, because who knows if someone will come by.
Linda’s meatloaf recipe is pretty basic. What was unusual is that she uses oatmeal as her binder. I loved the results.
1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
1 tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 large brown onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup ketchup and an additional 1/4 cup for top of meatloaf
1/4 cup oatmeal
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl, mix ground turkey with remaining ingredients, leaving 1/4 cup of ketchup aside. Mix well and pour mixture into loaf pan. Spread remaining ketchup on top. Bake for one hour.
Note: Try substituting oats with Matzoh Meal for Passover!