I am one of those people who love to shop when there is a sale. This past weekend our local department store, Bon Ton, had their Community Days sale. The proceeds from the coupon books go towards a local charity. For a five dollar donation you get a coupon book filled with different bargains that include a 25% coupon that be used throughout the day, a $10 coupon, plus other coupons for specific items. Of course you cannot use these coupons on yellow dot sale items since they are typically 70% off the original price. It can be a dangerous shopping day with so many great bargains! I purchased a new winter coat that was originally priced over $200. It was on sale at 70% off! Winter fashion boots were also on clearance at a ridiculously low price. My 10-dollar coupon was applied towards mini-loaf pans, which ended up being free after sales price and coupon. After a good day of shopping and saving money – I was tired! Dinner that night was pasta, meatballs, and Italian bread. On Sunday, I made an Italian Style meatloaf – recipe is below.
My shopping spree reminded me of JC Penney (a department story) decision to have every day low prices and not have any sales. Our local supermarket, Wegmans, has every day low prices and that I prefer since I shop every week and do not have time to go to multiple stores. However, when I am shopping for clothes and house items I do like a good sale. I am not convinced that JC Penney every day low prices can match the sales plus coupon bargains that I find and I am willing to wait for those sales. What do you think? Do you like to shop when there is a good sale or do you prefer every day low prices?
Now on to the recipe.
1 1/2 pounds Ground Turkey
1/2 cups Tomato-Basil Pasta Sauce
3/4 cup Italian-seasoned Breadcrumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup Onion, chopped
1/3 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Dried Basil
1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
2 large Eggs
1 – 1/2 cups Tomato-Basil Pasta Sauce
Fresh Parsley for garnish
Preheat oven to 425°. Spray an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Combine ground turkey and 1/2 cup pasta sauce in a large bowl. Add and incorporate the remaining ingredients. I did not have tomato-basil pasta sauce but I had canned tomatoes with basil. I used my food processor to puree the tomatoes and then I added brown sugar to sweeten my sauce.
Shape the turkey mixture into the loaf pan. Pour the remaining pasta sauce over top of meat loaf.
Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, on a lower rack in the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Bake until thermometer inserted into the center registers 165°F, about another hour. Let cool for a few minutes, slice and serve. Top with fresh parsley and additional sauce if desired.