It doesn’t look like much, but I promise you, this meatloaf is down right delicious – and I don’t even like meatloaf! I hate to admit it, okay no I don’t, I have no shame, my Fiance and I ate the whole meatloaf. The whole thing. The recipe is supposed to serve six. Whoops.  At least it’s healthy with all those vegetables and what not. And that’s all I have to say about that. I have to get back to the very important task of watching the best movie every made.  Drumroll please…..Sleepless in Seattle. There is no meatloaf in the movie but it’s just such an amazing movie that I felt the need to remind you to go watch it if you haven’t recently.  Romance, comedy & meatloaf. That’s what life is all about.

Ingredients:

  • 3 TB olive oil
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup ketchup, divided
  • 6 TB balsamic vinegar

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the zucchini, peppers, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper, to taste, and cook until almost soft, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

3. Whisk together the eggs and herbs in a large bowl. Add the turkey, bread crumbs, parmesan, 1/2 cup of the ketchup, 2 tablespoons of the balsamic vinegar, and the cooled vegetables and mix until just combined.

4. Place the meatloaf in a loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Whisk together the remaining ketchup, balsamic vinegar, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.

5. Brush the mixture over the loaf. Bake the meatloaf for 60 – 75 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

ENJOY!

Source: The Food Network, Bobby Flay 

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