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I know I would normally be writing my Truth Tuesday post today, but in all honesty, I got nothing. For this week the profoundest truth I can share with you all is that sometimes what gets me through the day is calling on the Lord and lots of chocolate. I should probably do more of the former and eat less of the latter. Anyhoo, check back next Tuesday and maybe I’ll have something deeper to offer you.

But I still wanted to post today…so I thought I’d start with something I’d been wanting to add to this blog for awhile now – recipes! I know, I know, it’s not like there aren’t enough recipes out there on the web already and I’m definitely not a gourmet cook by any standard – but I thought it would be fun anyway. If anything it gives me a place to store and archive all the different things I’ve made.

When it comes to cooking, my philosophy is simple – easy, convenient, and kid-friendly. I like recipes that don’t involve running all over the place for hard to find ingredients, is easy to follow when you have two little kids underfoot in the kitchen, and good enough to elicit a “Mommy, this is yummy” from a toddler. So I’m excited to share some of the recipes I’ve developed over the years that have passed this test.

Every Monday for about a year now, I’ve participated in a dinner co-op with two of my neighbors. We do a three week rotation where each week one mom makes dinner for all three families. At about 6pm, we report with our empty pyrexes to the designated cook’s house, take our portion and bring it home to our waiting hungry families. Brilliant idea, isn’t it? I wish I could do this for every night of the week.

Last night was my night to cook for the co-op and usually I plan ahead so that I have everything I need by Sunday night. That didn’t happen this week and I was panicking Monday morning when I realized that I probably wouldn’t have time to run to the store since CC was off from school and I had offered to babysit his friend for the morning. So I tried Instacart for the first time. Instacart is a basically personal grocery shopping service. It took me about 15 minutes to download the app, create an account, make a shopping list and schedule a time for delivery. So while I was at the park with the kids, some nice lady was buying my groceries at Costco and delivered them to my door while the boys were napping. Pretty sweet, I tell you. I don’t think I would use it for my regular shopping, but the service is definitely nice to have on those days when you just can’t make it out to the store. It’s worth checking out if Instacart is available in your area.

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My Instacart delivery

Oh yeah, so on to the recipe…last night I decided to make my Tried and True Turkey Meat loaf. Doesn’t sound that exciting, but to me meat loaf is comfort food and my kids love it. I’ve tried it with ground beef and mixtures of ground beef and pork, but I still prefer ground turkey because the meat loaf doesn’t come out as greasy.

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CC always insists on “helping” in the kitchen. Here he is mixing and taste testing the glaze.

Tried and True Turkey Meat Loaf

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion (minced)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs or oatmeal (I use 1/4 cup of each)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbs worchestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper

For the glaze:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tbs brown sugar

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Shape into a loaf and place in baking pan.
  4. Put into oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Mix all ingredients for glaze in a small bowl.
  6. After 30 minutes, take out meat loaf, drain any excess liquid, and brush the glaze generously over the top.
  7. Place back in oven and bake for 15 more minutes or until done.

For our three families, I doubled this recipe and shaped them into three loaves. It was super easy and delicious, especially served with a side of rosemary roasted potatoes and steamed baby carrots. Bon Apetit!

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