Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves {Freezer Meal}


These Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves are a kid-favorite and a great way to sneak in extra nutrition!Disclaimer: This recipe was created in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery®. But the opinions are all ours! 

I could eat these super healthy Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves hot or cold, I tell ya. They really aren’t just for kids, although my three children gobbled them up with a side of ketchup tonight. I’m glad I doubled the recipe, so I can freeze half of them for another night. Snaps for #freezermeals, eh?!

These Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves are a kid-favorite and a great way to sneak in extra nutrition! #realfood #freezermeal #healthy

Here’s the other thing: If you have a hard time getting enough vegetables into your family, these mini meatloaves are also a winning way to sneak some extra nutrition in (which you may know I’m a fan of). I would suggest using the food processor to chop the vegetables finely, if you have some suspicious kiddos. Give your munchkins a good squirt of ketchup for dipping purposes and you’re good to go!

These Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves are a kid-favorite and a great way to sneak in extra nutrition! #realfood #freezermeal #healthy

I served our Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves up with a twice baked potato, steamed broccoli, and some strawberries. Want to really hit a homerun when it comes to the sneaky nutrition, though? Try a side of Cream Cheesy Mashed Sweet Potatoes. You’ll have just fed your kids zucchini, carrots, onion, and sweet potatoes in one delicious meal. Boom!

Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves {Freezer Meal}
 
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These Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves are a kid-favorite and a great way to sneak in lots of extra nutrition!
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion (about one small onion)
  • ½ cup finely chopped carrot (about one carrot)
  • ½ cup shredded zucchini (squeeze out excess liquid with hands)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1¼ lbs 99% fat free ground turkey
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs (or whole wheat panko)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup all natural ketchup, divided
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley, crushed in hand
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil, crushed in hand (or dried oregano)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a baking rack over the sheet (baking rack keeps bottoms from burning and allows drippings to fall below.) Grease baking rack generously with cooking spray.
  2. In a saucepan over medium to medium-high heat, sauté vegetables in 1 tablespoon olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Lightly season vegetables with salt and pepper to taste while they sauté. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl, using your hands or a wooden spoon, combine cooled vegetable mixture, ground turkey, egg, panko, ¼ cup ketchup, broth, garlic powder, parsley, basil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Do not over mix.
  4. Gently scoop out a heaping, loosely packed ½ cup of meat mixture for each meatloaf. Gently form into a patty that's evenly about 1½ inches thick. Do not press down hard on mixture to avoid compacting it. Top each mini meatloaf with about 2 teaspoons ketchup, spreading around on top evenly.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the middle is no longer pink.
Notes
Freezer Meal Instructions:

To Freeze: Bake and let cool completely. Seal in freezer bag or container, squeezing out all the air. Freeze up to 2 months.

To Prepare: Thaw in refrigerator overnight and reheat in microwave, using a lower power setting, just until warmed through. Or if reheating from frozen, use the defrost setting on the microwave.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 meatloaf

 


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Comments

  1. Molly says

    If I’m going to save as a freezer meal would I still put the teaspoons of Ketchup on top before baking? Or save that step till I’m reheating from frozen?

    • Rachel says

      I like mine baked with the ketchup on top. So I do that, then freeze them, and reheat from there.

  2. Amy says

    If I wanted to make these smaller into meatballs, same amount of ingredients, should I change the way I bake it?