"Tastes Like Thanksgiving" Dinner

So I am not one to brag, but I made the YUMMIEST dinner last night. I was hungry for a taste of Thanksgiving, so I made a turkey meatloaf that was out of this world! A side of sweet potatoes and some lemony green beans was all it needed. Oh, and some super easy, yummy gravy. And for dessert, I whipped up a pumpkin pie. The whole thing came together in 40 minutes! (the pie took a little longer than that to bake, but only 5 min. to prep).

We love meatloaf in this house, and I usually make it out of whatever ground meat is in the freezer (beef, moose or caribou), but I've never used ground turkey before. It came out moist, savory and oh-so delish!

Here's how I made it:

2 lbs. ground turkey (I had turkey breast, you could also use ground dark meat)
2 ribs of celery, including tops, diced fine
1/2 med. onion, diced fine
1/2 C. bread crumbs (I like Panko, they're lighter)
1/2 tsp. - 1 tsp. dried sage (to your taste)
about 1 tsp. Tuscan Herbs Mill seasoning (it's an Italian blend of herbs, so any brand Italian seasoning will do)
1/2 C. sour cream
1 egg
salt & pepper

Smoosh together with hands, pat it into a loaf pan and bake about 35 minutes at 375°.

While that's baking, put together your sides.

Lemony Green Beans:
1 small casserole dish of frozen petite green beans (no idea on the measurement...whatever your family will eat)
3-4 pats of butter, tucked into the beans
zest some lemon directly onto the beans (I zest enough to have a nice sprinkling over the top, eyeball it)
salt & pepper
Microwave till hot. (it's not rocket science...lol)

Sweet Potatoes:
1 big can of sweet potatoes
4-5 pats of butter
palmful or two of brown sugar
Toss together, microwave till hot.

Super savory gravy
1 packet chicken gravy powder
1 tsp. Tuscan Herb Mill seasoning
Make gravy according to packet directions, adding herbs in with the powdered gravy. Super easy. So yummy!

I'm telling you, I've never seen my family enjoy a meal more! And you get all the flavors of Thanksgiving, but none of the work! We all agreed it would have been nice to have a can of jellied cranberry sauce with this meal, so next time I'll be sure to have that on hand.

So in other news...I woke up with the WORST headache this morning. What a nasty way to start the day. I new the minute my eyes opened that it was going to be a rough one. How in the world does that happen? I'm just minding my own business, getting a good night's sleep. So now I'm chugging water like there's no tomorrow, trying to get it to go away.

Well, after posting about my tasty dinner, I've made myself hungry! I think I'll go get a snack. Happy Tuesday!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good recipes here.....BUT.....it just ain't true that "any Italian herb mix will do". That's kind of like saying that any old seafood seasoning mix will do when a recipe calls for Old Bay. The D&A Tuscan Herbs mix is unique. Of course, if you can't find the D&A, then use some other Italian blend to *approximate* the result.