Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pan de carne (meatloaf): with lemon thyme zucchini and rice


Didn't know what to make for lunch today so I went with one of our regular meals. It is super simple and kid approved!


1 lb (or more depending on how many people you want to feed) of ground lean turkey
2 green onions, chopped
1 egg
1 slice of whole grain bread
Salt and pepper to taste
6-8 slices of ham
Mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese

For the Lemon Thyme Zucchini:

1 big zucchini
a few fresh lemon thyme leaves
fresh garlic as much as you want

First mix all ingredients, ground turkey, chopped onions, egg, bread (broken apart), salt and pepper, incorporate all ingredients without over mixing.

Once all ingredients are incorporated place the meat on a rectangular piece of plastic wrap.

Form a rectangle with your meat. I use my hands.

Add ham, laying it one next to the other, as much as you want.

Now add the cheeses. I sprinkle fresh or dry oregano, that's optional. You can also layer this with hard boiled eggs which adds a nice texture to it when you cut it.

You are done filling it. Now pick up the plastic wrap at the edge and roll one half of the meat.

Now the other half. Once you have both edges of the plastic wrap together make sure to form the loaf well by pressing it on both sides to make sure it is all sealed.

Now transfer to an oven safe dish. Preheat your oven to 400, bake for 30-45 minutes.

While that's cooking let's make the zucchini.

Preheat some olive oil in a pan, add fresh garlic to give the oil some taste.

Now get that big zucchini on the chopping board.


Pull the leaves out of the lemon thyme.

Add everything to the pan, cook for about 10-15 minutes on medium, season with salt and pepper to taste, if you like a more lemony taste add fresh lemon juice.

Serve. Then ask your kids if it was any good.

Looks like my 2 year old liked it, she went for seconds.

and my 4 year old LOVED IT also went for seconds....

and well my almost 12 month old can't do the thumbs up or down yet, but she did lick her plate and wished she could have more.


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