Glazed Mini Meatloaves

My hubby is not a huge fan of meatloaf, so I don’t make it too often. I found this recipe and saw they were mini meatloaves, so I thought maybe he would like them better. Not so much. But I enjoyed them, very much!

for the meatloaf:
2/3 cup crushed saltine crackers (about 17-20 saltine crackers)


1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 large egg
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (you could use beef)
2 teaspoons oil (I used canola oil)
Glaze:
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
4 teaspoons cider vinegar
DIRECTIONS

preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Stir cracker crumbs,

milk,

parsley,

Worcestershire sauce,

egg,

mustard,

onion powder,

garlic powder, salt, pepper

together in a medium bowl.

Add the ground turkey

and combine everything together

Shape the meat into little oval loaves

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until the oil is nice and hot.

Add meatloaves, leaving room and not over crowding them (so not touching) and brown them on all sides. So one side about 3 minutes and then carefully flip them over and brown for about 3 minutes for a total of about 6 minutes

Transfer mini meatloaves to foil baking pans

now make the glaze

grab a small boil and add ketchup

brown sugar

cider vinegar

stir everything together

Now add the same amount of glaze over the top of each meatloaf

Bake the meatloaves 18-20 minutes, or until the center of the loaf is 160 degrees

once they are done, pull the loaves out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes

Remove loaf from pan and serve nice and hot


Recipe:

for the meatloaves:
2/3 cup crushed saltine crackers (about 17-20 saltine crackers)
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup minced fresh flat leaf Italian parsley
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 large egg
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (you could use beef)
2 teaspoon canola oil

Glaze:
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
4 teaspoons cider vinegar

preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Stir cracker crumbs, milk, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, egg, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper together in a medium bowl.

Add the ground turkey and combine everything together

Shape the meat into little oval loaves

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until the oil is nice and hot.

Add meatloaves, leaving room and not over crowding them (so not touching) and brown them on all sides. So one side about 3 minutes and then carefully flip them over and brown for about 3 minutes for a total of about 6 minutes

Transfer mini meatloaves to foil baking pans now make the glaze

grab a small boil and add ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar

stir everything together

Now add the same amount of glaze over the top of each meatloaf

Bake the meatloaves 18-20 minutes, or until the center of the loaf is 160 degrees

once they are done, pull the loaves out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes

Remove loaf from pan and serve nice and hot

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This is my favorite Quinoa Salad Recipe

2 cups water
1 cup rainbow quinoa

1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2-4 Roma tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup kalamata olives, cut in half (I probably add more than this, as I LOVE Olives)
6 oz crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper, to taste
Juice of one lemon

Start by rinsing the quinoa. I place mine in a small strainer and the strainer in a medium bowl, and then I filled the bowl with water with the strainer inside the boil and quinoa in the strainer. Then shake the quinoa in the water and rinse it, then I empty the water and refill it until the water is pretty much clear. (You don’t have to do this, I just do)

Now bring a pot of 2 cups of water to a boil, and add the quinoa

Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed in quinoa.

When the water has been absorbed by the quinoa, fluff it with a fork and set it aside and let it cool for 5 minutes

Now add the quinoa to a medium sized bowl and add the oil and vinegar and let the quinoa come to room tempature

Add onion, tomatoes,

red pepper, olives,

cilantro,

and salt

and pepper.

Stir gently.

Add feta cheese

and gently combine.

Chill for 2 hours or longer to let flavors combine. Squeeze lemon juice over salad right before serving it makes it taste even better!

Here is the recipe for you:
2 cups water
1 cup rainbow quinoa
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2-4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives, cut in half (I probably add more than this, as I LOVE Olives)
6 oz crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper, to taste
Juice of one lemon

Start by rinsing the quinoa. I place mine in a small strainer and the strainer in a medium bowl, and then I filled the bowl with water with the strainer inside the boil and quinoa in the strainer. Then shake the quinoa in the water and rinse it, then I empty the water and refill it until the water is pretty much clear. (You don’t have to do this, I just do)

Now bring a pot and 2 cups of water to a boil, and add the quinoa

Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed in quinoa.

When the water has been absorbed by the quinoa, fluff it with a fork and set it aside and let it cool for 5 minutes

Now add the quinoa to a medium sized bowl and add the oil and vinegar and let the quinoa come to room tempature

Add onion, tomatoes,pepper, olives, cilantro, and salt and pepper.

Stir gently. Add feta cheese and gently combine.

Chill for 2 hours or longer to let flavors combine. Squeeze lemon juice over salad right before serving it makes it taste even better!

Sesame Chicken Salad

I love, love this salad. It is my favorite salad right now. I could drink the dressing, it’s so good, and the recipe is by my most favorite blogger, Pioneer Woman!

2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
Salt And Pepper
Olive Oil, for cooking

Dressing:
2/3 cups Olive Oil
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
2 cloves Garlic, chopped

2 Tablespoons pickled ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
Pinch Of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

For Salad:
1 package (10 Ounces) Mixed Greens
1/2 whole Red Onion, Sliced Very Thin
1 cup Red Grape Tomatoes, Halved
1 can Mandarin Oranges, drained
Sesame Seeds

Start with the dressing and you can either put everything in a blender or use a hand blender like I did.

So start with the olive oil

(I add everything to a large mason jar)

then add the soy sauce

vinegar

garlic, ginger, sesame oil,

brown sugar,

and crushed red pepper flakes

Grad your hand blender and blend everything until completely emulsified.

(by the way, it looks like a ton of dressing because I ALWAYS make a double batch of this dressing when I make it, as I LOVE it and I drown my salad in it and then the next day I want leftovers, But the recipe I am posting is for one batch).

Now taste the dressing and adjust to your taste

Now grab a medium pan and heat it to medium high heat and coat the bottom of the pan with oil and then grab the chicken breasts and salt and pepper both sides of the chicken.

Add chicken the pan

and cook the chicken on both sides over medium heat until it has nice color on the surface and is totally cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to rest for 5 minutes, and cut into cubes.

Place the cubed chicken into a bowl and pour 1/3 of the dressing over it, tossing to coat.

then sprinkle sesame seeds over the chicken and toss so that the seeds stick to the chicken. Add more seeds if you like a lot.

To assemble the salad, place the salad greens, in a large bowl

then add the sliced onion,

then add the halved tomatoes

mandarin oranges (I added a little bit more of sesame seeds as well)

Now grab a bowl for yourself and place desired amount of salad in the bowl

top with desired amount of chicken

and then pour desired amount of dressing (a LOT) over your salad

and pig out!

Recipe:

2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
Salt And Pepper
Olive Oil, for cooking

Dressing:
2/3 cups Olive Oil
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
2 cloves Garlic, chopped

2 Tablespoons pickled ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
Pinch Of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

For Salad:
1 package (10 Ounces) Mixed Greens
1/2 whole Red Onion, Sliced Very Thin
1 cup Red Grape Tomatoes, Halved
1 can Mandarin Oranges, drained
Sesame Seeds

Start with the dressing and you can either put everything in a blender or use a hand blender like I did.

So start with the olive oil (I add everything to a large mason jar) then add the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, brown sugar, and crushed red pepper flakes

Grad your hand blender and blend everything until completely emulsified.

Now taste the dressing and adjust to your taste

Now grab a medium pan and heat it to medium high heat and coat the bottom of the pan with oil and then grab the chicken breasts and salt and pepper both sides of the chicken.
Add chicken the pan and cook the chicken on both sides over medium heat until it has nice color on the surface and is totally cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to rest for 5 minutes, and cut into cubes.

Place the cubed chicken into a bowl and pour 1/3 of the dressing over it, tossing to coat.
then sprinkle sesame seeds over the chicken and toss so that the seeds stick to the chicken. Add more seeds if you like a lot.

To assemble the salad, place the salad greens, in a large bowl, then add the sliced onion, then add the halved tomatoes, mandarin oranges (I added a little bit more of sesame seeds as well)

Now grab a bowl for yourself and place desired amount of salad in the bowl, top with desired amount of chicken and then pour desired amount of dressing (a LOT) over your salad

and pig out!

Things I like this week…

Happy Wednesday, Or Happy hump day! Happy 30th day of March! Haven’t done Things I like this week for a while, so thought I would do so… So here are my findings for this week.

This looks GREAT! Shrimp In Thai Coconut Sauce
Thai Coconut Shrimp | foodiecrush.com

True that! Sleep! I LOVE Sleep!
Happiness is, sleep. - Cute Happy Quotes:

YUM! CIOPPINO (SEAFOOD STEW) WITH MASHED POTATOES
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Looks so GOOD! perfectly grilled shish kabobs
Perfectly Grilled Shish Kabobs- These shish kabobs will have your mouth bursting with flavor and leave your soul begging for more. Wrinkly grilled grape tomatoes, tender-crispy-crunchy- bell peppers, marinated steak, GORG red onions, and succulent juicy mushrooms, all put on a skewer and grilled to perfection. | flipflopkitchen.com

YUM! Looks so good! TEX MEX BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Anything Cajun I am all for! CAJUN SHRIMP AND SAUSAGE PASTA
This recipe for Cajun shrimp and sausage pasta is sauteed shrimp and smoked sausage with colorful vegetables, all served over a creamy fettuccine pasta. Dinner's ready in less than 30 minutes with plenty of bold flavors!

Yum! Love her blog! springtime cobb salad.
springtime cobb salad I howsweeteats.com

I will be making this dish in the near, near future! Spicy Thai Grilled Chicken
Gluten Free Spicy Thai Grilled Chicken, filled with bold asian flavors, extremely moist tender meat, and easy enough for a weeknight! A meal so irresistible your family is going to fall in love! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Truth!
Inspirational Coffee Quote | Via Suburban Men:

Mongolian Beef- Normy Cooks

So glad that Normy likes to cook and is willing to try new things to cook. He doesn’t like hard, complicated recipes and he doesn’t like recipes with a lot of chopping (as he thinks he is slow at it). But any recipe that has beef in it, he is all in for cooking it! So I found this recipe on good ol Pinterest (of course). So Normy cooked it and I (of course) took pictures.
For marinating the meat:
8 ounces flank steak, sliced (against the grain) 1/4 inch thin
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch + 1/4 cup
For cooking the meat:
1/3 cup vegetable oil, for frying the beef
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
5-7 dried red chili peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken stock
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch, mixed with 1 tbsp water
2 scallions/green onions, cut diagonal, into 1-inch long slices
Start by slicing the beef into strips
add strips to a bowl
and marinate the beef for 1 hour in:
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Now dredge the meat in the remaining 1/4 cup of cornstarch, lightly coated

Heat 1/3 cup oil in the wok over high heat.

When oil is smoking, add pieces of flank steak, in a single layer in wok and let the meat sear for about a minute, then turn meat over and sear the other side or another 30 seconds. Normy did the meat in batches.

Remove meat and place it on a sheet pan, that is slightly tilted, so that the oil can drain

The beef should be seared with a crusty coating.

Once all the meat is cooked, Drain the oil from the wok, leaving about 1 tablespoon in pan. Now turn the wok down to medium high heat and add in the ginger and dried chili peppers, then add in the garlic

Stir until you start to smell the garlic, then add the soy sauce and chicken stock

Bring the sauce to a simmer, now add the brown sugar, and stir until it’s dissolved.

Let the sauce simmer for a couple of minutes and then add in the cornstarch, water mixture. Simmer for a couple of minutes then add the beef

and scallions

toss everything together and cook for another minute or two.

There shouldn’t be hardly any sauce, as it has cooked into the beef. If there is some sauce, turn the heat up slightly and stir until thickened .

Serve up nice and hot with some jasmine rice

For marinating the meat:

8 ounces flank steak, sliced (against the grain) 1/4 inch thin
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch + 1/4 cup
For cooking the meat:
1/3 cup vegetable oil, for frying the beef
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
5-7 dried red chili peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken stock
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch, mixed with 1 tbsp water
2 scallions/green onions, cut diagonal, into 1-inch long slices
Start by slicing the beef into strips
add strips to a bowl
and marinate the beef for 1 hour in:
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Now dredge the meat in the remaining 1/4 cup of cornstarch, lightly coated
Heat 1/3 cup oil in the wok over high heat.

When oil is smoking, add pieces of flank steak, in a single layer in wok and let the meat sear for about a minute, then turn meat over and sear the other side or another 30 seconds. Normy did the meat in batches.

Remove meat and place it on a sheet pan, that is slightly tilted, so that the oil can drain.   The beef should be seared with a crusty coating.                                                             Once all the meat is cooked, Drain the oil from the wok, leaving about 1 tablespoon in pan. Now turn the wok down to medium high heat and add in the ginger and dried chili peppers, then add in the garlic. Stir until you start to smell the garlic, then add the soy sauce and chicken stock.                                                                                                   Bring the sauce to a simmer, now add the brown sugar, and stir until it’s dissolved.     Let the sauce simmer for a couple of minutes and then add in the cornstarch, water mixture. Simmer for a couple of minutes then add the beef and scallions, toss everything together and cook for another minute or two.

There shouldn’t be hardly any sauce, as it has cooked into the beef. If there is some sauce, turn the heat up slightly and stir until thickened .

Serve up nice and hot with some jasmine rice

Hawaiian Salmon Poke

I love Poke! I had it once at a sushi restaurant and It was amazing! So I found a recipe on Pinterest (of course) and Normy made it for me! Normy changed the recipe up a bit to make it his own.

1 lb sashimi-grade salmon fillet, cubed into small bite size pieces
¼ cup soy sauce
1-2 tsp sugar
1 tsp Furikake rice seasoning (normy used Seto Fumi) (found at Asian market)

1/4 tsp ground ginger
Juice from 1/2 of a fresh lime

Grab salmon, and place it on a cutting board

Then chop it up into bite size pieces

Place salmon pieces in a medium-sized bowl

Then once the salmon is all chopped up then add in the soy sauce, Normy added enough to coat all the salmon pieces or about 1/4 cup

Then add in the rice seasoning

Then add in the sugar

next add ground ginger

Toss everything together

Then squeeze in the juice of 1/2 a lime

Toss everything together and taste for seasonings, adjust as needed or leave as is

Cover tightly and chill for at least 1 hour.

eat nice and cold.

We usually don’t keep this more than 3 days. But It never lasts that long, because it is SO GOOD!

Recipe:
1 lb sashimi-grade salmon fillet, cubed into small bite size pieces
¼ cup soy sauce
1-2 tsp sugar
1 tsp Furikake rice seasoning (normy used Seto Fumi) (found at Asian market)
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Juice from 1/2 of a fresh lime

Grab salmon, and place it on a cutting board
Then chop it up into bite size pieces
Place salmon pieces in a medium-sized bowl
Then once the salmon is all chopped up then add in the soy sauce, Normy added enough to coat all the salmon pieces or about 1/4 cup
Then add in the rice seasoning
Then add in the sugar
next add ground ginger
Toss everything together
Then squeeze in the juice of 1/2 a lime
Toss everything together and taste for seasonings, adjust as needed or leave as is
Cover tightly and chill for at least 1 hour.
eat nice and cold.

What’s for dinner this week…

So I haven’t done this in a while, so I thought I would do so now. I am a planner. (well I try to be). I am all about planning out meals for the week, because I HATE going to the grocery store more than once a week! (heck I hate going to the grocery store in general). So Normy and I usually make a list on Sunday and go the store and are tortured together. I like knowing what I am making for dinner that night. It sucks when you gotta figure out what to make, then make a list, then go to the store, and then cook all in one day. Not me, I’d rather plan out the week, go once and be done with it.

So the meals I have planned for this week are:

Thinking tonight (Monday) we will have a whole roasted chicken
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with roasted Broccoli
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and Crash Hot Potatoes

 

Then Tuesday thinking Chicken Teriyaki
Chicken teriyaki / Frango teriyaki
Photo credit: http://technicolorkitcheninenglish.blogspot.com/

with Simple Sesame Noodles
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Photo credit: The Pioneer Woman

 

Then Wednesday one of Normy’s favs: Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps

 

Then for Thursday Sesame Chicken Salad
Sesame Chicken Salad
Photo credit: The Pioneer Woman

 

Then Friday:

EAT OUT!