As much as I like trying new flavors, I could eat and drink certain things every day without tiring of them.
I like what I like, and sometimes it’s just easier to run on autopilot in terms of making meals. Why reinvent the wheel? Does anyone else agree?
Anyhoo, I’ve been feeling less-than-inspired this past month, which has translated into me living on the staples: salsa, hummus, carrots, dark chocolate, deli meat and nut butter. <— I just typed “butt nutter” on accident. LOL.
Luckily, a last-minute Sunday meal prep inspired me to take the usual suspects and combine them to make a FANTASTIC new main dish: South of the Border Turkey Meatloaf.
Photo by Brianna Kolota
Seriously. This meatloaf is delish. I’m eating it as I finish typing this post.
If you’re a fan of making tex mex meals, you probably have all the ingredients to bake this incredibly flavorful, somewhat spicy meatloaf. It takes about 2 minutes to prepare and an hour to cook.
Tip: Feel free to bake sweet potatoes in the oven or make a tray of roasted broccoli while the meatloaf is cooking. When I can remember, I bake everything at once during the week to save my apartment from the heat of the oven. Let’s not make the air conditioning bill higher than it needs to be.
If you’re cooking for one, this meatloaf makes about four servings. If you bake the broccoli and sweet potatoes, just add them to a Tupperware container with a slice or two of meatloaf. Just like that, you’re good-to-go for lunch tomorrow.
In photo by Brianna Kolota: meatloaf, roasted broccoli, and a chickpeas/diced tomato mixture topped with red wine vinegar and Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute.
You’ll find the recipe below. Let me know what you think if you try it! Did I mention it’s gluten- and grain-free? You’re welcome, my paleo friends. 🙂
South of the Border Turkey Meatloaf (Gluten- and Grain-Free; Paleo Recipe)
Makes four servings
Difficulty: Easy peasy
Total Preparation Time: 2 minutes
Total Cooking Time: 1 hour
- 1/3 cup restaurant style salsa (The more liquid, soupy kind)
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey (I used the 93/7 variety.)
- 1/4 tsp. chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced bell peppers
- 2 egg whites (1/3 cup)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Spray a bread/loaf pan with cooking spray or spread some oil in the pan.
- Add meat mixture to pan and smooth top with a spatula.
- Bake for 1 hour.
- Optional: Wrap some sweet potatoes in foil and/or make a large tray of roasted broccoli to eat on the side and/or with leftovers during the week.
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