Saturday, January 29, 2011

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

I sneaked a lot of nutrition into this kid-friendly meal!

1 lb lean ground turkey or chicken
1 small cooking onion
2 slices whole wheat bread
4 cloves garlic
1 300g box frozen chopped spinach, thawed (or fresh baby spinach)
2 eggs
1 can tomato paste
2 tbls worcesterchire sauce
2 tbls nutritional yeast (optional)
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp fennel seeds (optional)
1/2 tsp kosher salt

Put meat in a large mixing bowl. Place onion, bread and garlic in food process and process until onion and garlic are finely chopped and bread is crumbs. If using fresh spinach, add to food processor at this stage. Crack eggs into bowl with meat and add in thawed spinach, tomato paste, worcesterchire sauce and desired seasonings. Dump onion mixture into bowl and mix until everything is well combined (you can do it with your hands but it worked just fine with a mixing spoon!). Fill greased muffin tins or mini loaf pans to the top with mixture and bake at 375 F for about 40 minutes, or until cooked through (centre of muffins will be firm when they are done).

Another kid-friendly idea is to serve them with baked fries...

Baked French Fries
8 baking potatoes, scrubbed and cut into medium thickness fries (I use Starfrit's potato chipper)

1 tbls oil (peanut gives them a "fried" taste, but canola or olive is fine too)
Sea salt and pepper
Optional add-ons: Dried rosemary, garlic, curry powder, chili powder, etc.

Put cut potatoes in large bowl and toss with oil and seasonings. Place potatoes on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake at 425 F until crispy, about 45-50 minutes (check periodically to make sure you don't burn them - I know my kids won't touch ANYTHING that has even a tiny bit of black char on it!).

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