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This meat loaf has veggies in every bite

Meat loaf on a plate
This turkey meat loaf has vegetables in every bite. (Photos:
Debbie Arrington)

Recipe: Turkey-carrot loaf good served warm or cold

Happy Mother’s Day! What better gift than a useful and tasty recipe?

Moms are always trying to find ways to get their family to eat more vegetables, and this clever turkey-carrot loaf puts veggies in every bite. Carrots add moisture to the loaf while it's baking. The bread crumbs (preferably fresh) and Parmesan cheese help bind the turkey and carrots together.

Turkey sausage has its own built-in seasoning. If you substitute 2 pounds of ground turkey for the half and half mix of turkey and turkey sausage, add more salt and pepper to taste.

This turkey-carrot loaf also makes a wonderful sandwich.

Turkey-carrot loaf

Makes 8 servings


1 cup onion, finely chopped (about 1 medium onion)

1 cup carrots, grated (about 2 carrots)

1 cup bread crumbs

Mixed veggies
Mix together grated carrots, onions and bread crumbs before
adding turkey and seasonings.
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

½ cup milk

1 egg, beaten

2 tablespoons ketchup

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

1 pound ground turkey

1 pound ground turkey sausage

Note: May use 2 pounds ground turkey instead of 1 pound each ground turkey and turkey sausage.

Baked meat loaf
Let the meat loaf rest before serving.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine onion, carrots, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Add in milk, egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Crumble ground turkey and ground sausage and mix into onion-carrot mixture. Stir until well combined.

Turn turkey-carrot mixture into a large baking dish or pan and form into a loaf. Bake in 400-degree oven for 10 minutes. Decrease heat to 375 degrees. Bake 40 to 50 minutes more until loaf is golden brown and, when tested with an instant-read thermometer, measures 165 degrees F.

Let loaf rest 10 to 15 minutes before cutting.


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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