Mini Turkey Pizza Meatloaves with Freezer Tips
|December 16, 2015||Filled under Freezer Tips, Recipes: Beef||
Whenever I check out recipes online my mind is always thinking….Hmmmm would that recipe work if I made a double batch and froze half? I don’t set out to be the freezer queen when it comes to meals but having something already made is a huge time saver when it comes to both preparing the meal and cooking it. Meatloaf is one of those foods that always freezes well. I already have a recipe that is well tested but when I saw a Teaspoon of Spice’s post on mini turkey pizza meatloaves it looked like a delicious twist on meatloaf that I wanted to check out. And they were too! The shredded sweet potato adds a slight sweetness to the meatloaf that everyone seemed to enjoy.
Besides increasing the batch size to freeze some for myself I am also preparing freezer meals for my parents. They are both in their 70’s and making meals is becoming a bit more of a challenge. Add in some dietary restrictions due to medical issues and meal making becomes even more confusing for them. My mother always tells me she wishes I lived next door so I could cook for them. This holiday season I decided to do just that and make freezer meals for them as well. While I’m not there to cook they will be able to go to the freezer and pull something out. I decided that the turkey pizza meatloaves would be perfect for them and went with freezing individual servings.
I had a small number of freezer containers on hand to use in creating their individual meals. To do this start by cooking up a batch of mini turkey pizza meatloaves (check out the Teaspoon of Spice site for the recipe). I went with tripling the batch. As a tip I will tell you that you may not want to triple the sweet potato or onions. I did but when it came time to add them into the ground turkey I used about 1/2 of it before it looked like the meatloaf would be overloaded with sweet potato and onion. It could be that I had rather large onions/sweet potatoes. If you use smaller ones then you will be fine. Once the meatloaves are all cooked and cooled I put about 1/3 cup of spaghetti sauce in the bottom of each container, placed the meatloaf on top and added a sprinkle of mozzarella on the side. I am including a note to thaw this meal first, remove the meatloaf to heat it and then top it with the sauce and cheese.
For my own freezer meals I simply stacked the mini meatloaves in a freezer bag and sealed them. I double bagged them with a note indicating what was in the bag and that it will be topped with sauce and cheese. I find the note is especially helpful if the kids are looking for something to eat. They can easily put together their own mini turkey pizza meatloaf by using the note instructions.
How about you? Got a favorite meatloaf recipe that you use? Why not leave a comment or a link below.