Turkey Meatloaf with JJ 

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Cooking with kids

Just about every week, usually on Tuesday, I go to my sister Shannon’s place for the day and we usually do art as part of their homeschooling. Lately it’s turned into more and now we go geocaching, to the library and cook. This week JJ and I made a turkey meatloaf using an altered recipe from I’m Just Here for the Food by Alton Brown that JJ got from his favorite auntie (me, I’m a humble person haha!)

We swapped out the beef for ground turkey and JJ did most of the prep work. He’s still learning his knife skills and I’m there to make sure he washes his hands when needed, no steps are skipped and that he doesn’t sneak in half a bottle of hot sauce in the mix. The kid loves spice!

We didn’t have all of the ingredients so while my sister ran to the store, JJ and I started out cutting onions. JJ didn’t last long before he asked me to wipe his eyes so he could power through the pain of onion tears. Eventually he ran to find his swimming goggles but it only helped a little bit. We were both crying onion tears in no time. It was terrible.

We didn’t have a full 2lbs of meat as indicated in the recipe, so we accidentally added a bit too much ketchup, but thanks to Alton Brown’s tip of testing a small patty that is cooked stove top (why have I never thought of that?!) we were able to get the spices right. I am trying to teach JJ to think and problemsolve while cooking, and when we both decided it was too sweet from the ketchup, he suggested more pepper and I though more paprika to compensate. The second taste test was a success and in to the oven it went!

This was another recipe that ended up being so good, it was devoured before I could get a picture, but I did get a picture before it went into the oven with the proud junior chef. Our very hungry family was very pleased with the end result!

Turkey Meatloaf

Recipe adapted from Alton Brown


  • 20 ounce package of ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 slices of wheat bread, cut into small cubes
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 TBSP ketchup
  • 1TBSP dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 TBSP paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Dice onions and sweat in a saucepan until translucent with a bit of olive oil. Alton Brown says they will bring out the sweetness, and I agree!
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk the eggs.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and use your hands to mix thoroughly.
  4. Using the pan you cooked the onions in, cook a small test patty of meat to make sure the flavors are right, alter seasoning if needed.
  5. In a lightly greased glass loaf pan, fill with the meat mixture and smooth out the top to ensure even cooking.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 60 minutes.
  7. Serve with veggies or as a sandwich.


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