Asian Turkey Meatloaf

A couple weeks ago I saw a recipe for Asian style meatloaf on Meals and Miles. I was particularly intrigued since the recipe included apricot preserves, and I happened to have a jar I was trying to finish off in my fridge. The recipe was pretty simple, and I made it to go along with my sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts for the week.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup oats, 2 tbsp. apricot preserves, 1 tbsp. teriyaki sauce, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, chopped parsley (I used whole package in the picture), 1 lb. ground turkey, one egg

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Combine everything in a bowl:

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Throw in a few shakes of ground red pepper. Mix well and form into a loaf on a baking tray. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes.

Serve with roasted sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts:

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I really liked the flavor of this meatloaf. It wasn’t too heavy, and the slight Asian flavoring made it unique. The parsley added a little color and lightened up the meatiness of it a little bit. I would highly recommend the recipe!

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Roasted Veggies and an Emergency Rescue

I’ve gotten in the habit of making batches of veggies, rice, potatoes, etc. at the beginning of each week to use for lunches and dinners over the next several days. This week I made roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes. For the brussel sprouts, I chopped them in half and tossed with some coconut oil and cinnamon…

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…then roasted at 375° for 30 minutes.

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For the sweet potatoes, I sliced them and tossed with olive oil, curry, turmeric, and cumin…

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… and roasted at 375° for 45 minutes:

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The baking was definitely a success. After the food was done, I received a call from my roommate. Her car had unfortunately broken down and she was stranded in the middle of the road waiting for a AAA tow truck. I quickly transformed from cooking-mode to rescue mission-mode when I went to find her. Since her car had broken down, the heat wasn’t working and it was cold! I pulled car up behind hers, put my hazard lights on, and we waited for the AAA man to come.

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it’s dead!

It took a while, but finally the AAA tow truck arrived! Here’s the man attaching chains to the bottom of the car to pull it up onto the tow:

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He borrowed my roommate’s keys to put the car in neutral and allow it to move forward. There was a slight mishap though when….

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uh-oh, I’m locked out!

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good thing I work for AAA and have a special tool to get into locked cars

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problem solved

How appropriate that this disaster would be prolonged. Finally, the car was brought onto the tow truck and we went home!

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Moral of the story: it’s good to have AAA!