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Do your kids start getting cabin fever at the end of summer? While we love the break, the weeks off from sports and a daily routine start getting old about mid-July. Have you ever danced all the way home from school drop off on the first day of school then glanced at your calendar and felt that happiness drain away?
Oh, yeah. Your kids may not be home all day making messes, eating all the food, and bickering, but you aren’t going to be home all day either! There is school drop off, pick up, then after school sports and activities.
We limit our kids to one sport or activity a season. For us, it’s soccer. But though we don’t go nuts with the extra curricular activities, we are always running to a practice or a game.
Like most sports/ dance/gymnastics practices, ours is scheduled during our normal dinner time. We eat at home as a family every night. Unless we are on vacation or out of town on business, we rarely eat out.
Supper time becomes a strategic affair in the fall. Like my Instant Pot spaghetti meat sauce, I prefer easy to prepare meals that I can make in bulk. We eat dinner and freeze the extra to use on a busier night.
Easy Mini Turkey Meatloaves – Sports night Meal
That’s where my mini meatloaves come in! “Butterball®” may be synonymous with Thanksgiving in our home, but the same great taste comes in a ground turkey version that you can pick up at Walmart! Butterball® Ground Turkey is great for quick weeknight dinners and is lower in fat and calories than ground beef, making it a better alternative. I like it because it is all natural with no artificial ingredients. The turkey is definitely a better-for-you alternative to ground beef.
- Butterball® Ground Turkey – I like 85/15.
- 1 small finely chopped onion
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 eggs
- 1 package vegetable soup mix
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- mini meatloaf pan, or normal loaf pan
Preheat oven to 350°
Spray pan with cooking spray to prevent meatloaf from sticking.
Mix all ingredients, except the ketchup, in a large mixing bowl.
Spoon mixture into wells of mini loaf pan.
Use a pastry brush or spoon to paint the tops of each loaf with ketchup. This step is optional. One of my darling children strongly believes that ketchup was not made to be put in the oven so I make her loaf “naked.”
Bake the loaves for approximately 1 hour.
Done! Now you have perfectly portioned turkey meat loaves. I’ve made this recipe in a muffin tin, but my family (husband included) thought it was “weird.” Apparently shape matters to some people. Guess which parent carries the pickiness genes?
This is a great recipe to freeze and pull out of the freezer on those busy sports nights!
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