One thing that always comes to mind in regards to comfort food is meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Fresh, hot and delicious, it sticks to the ribs and feeds the soul. Well, I don’t know about you, but I can’t really indulge in such luxuries as often as I’d like, so I came up with this healthy alternative.
- 1 family size pack of ground turkey
- whole wheal breadcrumbs
- 4 carrots (chopped)
- 4 stalks of celery (chopped)
- 2 handfuls of chopped kale
- salt & pepper
- Shiitake Sesame Vinaigrette dressing
- Liquid Smoke
- 3 eggs
- Corn meal
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Fresh Ricotta
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
Directions (Turkey Loaf)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- In a large bowl crack and scramble one (1) egg.
- *NOTE: if you need to avoid eggs simply omit – it’s not crucial to the recipe.
- Add ground turkey, a splash of the dressing, 2-3 squirts of liquid smoke and mix well.
- Add bread crumbs until the mixture isn’t too wet or sticky.
- Lay out plastic wrap or wax paper on the counter and roll the turkey meat out flat with a rolling-pin.
- *NOTE: Don’t have a rolling-pin? Use a wine bottle!
- Layer chopped veggies (only use 2 carrots) on top of the meat and start rolling the meat, folding in the sides as you roll (so the filling doesn’t fall out).
- Place on a baking sheet (non-stick or foil lined) and bake for approx. 45 minutes.
- Mix a few squirts of liquid smoke into the fresh ricotta.
- When the loaf is cooked, turn off the oven, smother the top with the smoky ricotta and let it melt onto the loaf.
Cinnamon Carrot Sweet Potato Pancakes
- While your turkey loaf is cooking get your potato cakes started.
- Peel and shred 2 carrots and the sweet potatoes.
- Mix in 2 eggs (sweet potatoes are dryer than white potatoes so you’ll need the eggs for moisture and as a binding agent).
- *NOTE: Need to avoid eggs? Crush flax-seed into a powder, add water one tablespoon at a time until you get a thick but liquid consistency, let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. It will congeal and bind the potato & carrot shreds well.
- Add cinnamon (taste is to your liking-and I like a lot), maybe about 1/4 cup of corn meal (instead of flour) and mix well.
- Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and cover the bottom of the pan with olive oil (if I had it in the pantry I would have used coconut oil…cinnamon and coconut mmmmmm).
- Form veggies into patties, place in oil and cook about 3-4 minutes on each side (you should only flip them once).
- Place fresh wax beans in a microwave safe bowl with a glass lid and add about 1/4 cup of water (must create steam).
- Microwave for 4 minutes, drain, add butter and salt.
Slice up the loaf, place some potato carrot cakes over the wax beans, add a blop of the smoky ricotta to the meat or on the cakes (if you have any left over) and enjoy!