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Like most cooks I know, I have certain things that I make over and over again. My family loves my meatloaf, so I try to make it for us a few times a month. I recently decided to put a little different spin on it, and have begun making it with ground turkey instead of ground beef.
My family still loves it made with the turkey, and I love giving them a tastier meal. I've also started making my meatloaf with Quaker® Life cereal as the filler, instead of overly salty crackers.
The cereal gives it a great earthy flavor. It's delicious with our favorite sides, which are mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans. This is one of our favorite dinners, especially in fall and winter.
Of course, we also eat Quaker® Life cereal for breakfast. I always bought it for my kids when they were growing up, and now I buy it for my grandchildren, too. And it's delicious different flavors make it great for baking, yogurt parfaits, snacks, and more.
When I'm doing my grocery shopping at Walmart, I always pick up a couple of boxes of Life cereal. I'm always a little surprised at how much cereal my family and I eat, but it is one of our favorite breakfasts.
I also picked all my ingredients to make my meatloaf dinner. My grandchildren tend to be picky eaters, but they love a dinner of meatloaf and mashed potatoes and gravy. So do I, and I always hope there's enough leftover meatloaf for a sandwich the next day.
Turkey meatloaf is very easy to put together, and has pretty basic ingredients. Sometimes I'll add things like green peppers, or tomatoes packed in oil, but usually I make it very simple.
I use my rolling pin to crush the Life cereal to add to the meatloaf. It works really well, and so much easier than having to get out the food processor.
Just put the ingredients in a large bowl, and use clean hands to mix it up. My favorite way to make meatloaf is to bake it in a loaf pan, but it works well too in very small loaf pans, or even cupcake pans. Any way it's baked, I love it!
After the meat mixture has been put into the loaf pan, spread 1/4 cup of catsup on top of it. I love the sweet flavor of the catsup baked into it. Then I add lightly crushed Quaker® Life cereal as a topper.
It gives it a great, added crunchy texture and flavor.
Bake the turkey meatloaf in a 375 degree oven for 1 hour. I always let my meatloaf rest for about ten minutes after it comes out of the oven. It holds together better when you take it out of the loaf pan, and I think it just taste better this way.
Yum, this is such a great family dinner, with the kids usually asking for seconds of meatloaf. Here's my easy recipe:
Recipe for Turkey Meatloaf
1 pound ground turkey
1-1/2 cups crushed Life cereal
3/4 cup barbeque sauce
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup catsup
1/4 cup semi-crushed Life cereal
Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Mix together well with hands. Pat evenly into loaf pan. Spread catsup over top of meatloaf. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup cereal on top.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 1 hour. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes, remove from pan and slice.
A couple nights ago, my family decided to drive around and look at Christmas lights in a neighboring town. We do this every year, and the kids love it. But they do get restless in the car, so this year I put together a bag of tasty snacks for them to enjoy.
I just mixed together some pretzels, a little candy, and some Life cereal. The kids loved it, they were little angels (well, almost!) and we all had a great time looking at all the lights.
Cereal makes such great snacks, especially if you mix different kinds together. Quaker® Life is also great mixed with Quaker® Oatmeal Squares, Quaker® Real Medleys®, and Quaker® Simply Granola.
You can find all these delicious Quaker® cereals at Walmart, in the cereal aisle. Besides Original, Life cereal comes in lots of different flavors too, so be sure and look for them.
You can also connect with the Quaker® brand here and find lots of recipes and great snack ideas.
Do you use cereal for more than just breakfast? Do you cook or bake with it, too? Please leave me a comment and let me know.