This recipe is from Deceptively Delicious, Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook. She hides veggies in tasty foods to make them healthier. Perfect for the January-March theme! It's great if your kids don't like veggies, or if you just want to feel good about yourself.
1 c. Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 c. skim milk
2 TB. olive oil
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. carrot puree*
1/4 c. ketchup
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
4 slices turkey bacon
Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, soak the breadcrumbs in milk.
Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the celery and cook 3 to 4 minutes longer. Scrape the mixture into the bowl with breadcrumbs. Add the turkey, Parmesan, carrot puree, ketchup, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
Turn the mixture into the loaf pan and smooth the top. Spread tomato sauce over the meatloaf and lay the bacon on top. Bake until the bacon begins to brown and the center of the meatloaf is no longer pink, 45 to 55 minutes.
*Carrot puree: Steam 1 lb. of carrots for 10 to 12 minutes. Puree in a blender. Add 2 to 4 TB. of water to make puree creamy.