Italian Sliders with Turkey Meat Squares

It’s cool to be square. These meat squares fit perfectly into slider buns and are so much faster to make than meatballs or patties.

Turkey Squares
1 lb ground turkey
1 carrot, peeled and finely grated
3/4 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 egg
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400F. In a bowl combine all ingredients well. Use your hands if needed. Pat mixture into a greased 8×8″ pan. Mark into 16 squares with a knife. Bake for 20 minutes or until juices run clear. Cut out the squares and remove from pan.

For sliders, place a turkey square inside a small bun and top with a square of provolone or mozzarella cheese. Spread pasta sauce onto the other side of the bun, then put them together.

I don’t generally have a lot of time to waste when I’m making meals, so I love finding short-cuts like this one. These squares are quicker and also less messy than forming individual meatballs. Most of the family really enjoyed the sliders, except for Cole. I actually thought he would like them because he’s always asking me for burgers. I didn’t put pasta sauce on his because I remembered from last time with Pioneer Woman’s sliders that he didn’t like how messy the sauce was. I offered him ketchup and mustard instead so it would be more like the kind of burger he likes, but he still wasn’t interested. Apparently I can’t compete with MacDonald’s cheeseburgers! Oh well, I tried.
The next day I cut the remaining squares into even smaller squares and added them to the rest of the pasta sauce, then poured it on top of tortellini. It was really good! Even Cole ate some of it.

On another note, here’s a great site a found for meal planning and other organizational tips: There’s a Menu Plan Monday link-up, so I’m going to participate. Hopefully I’m going it right, this is my first time!

Here’s my Menu Plan for this week. I’ve also posted it in my side column and in the Meal Planning Section for you.

Tuesday: Black Bean Tortilla Soup
Wednesday: Tuna Tetrazzini
Thursday: Tofu Triangles
Friday: 4-Cheese Rigatoni
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Salsa 
Monday: Fettuccine Pizza 

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My kids like to whine, especially when it comes to the food they eat, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to make tasty and healthy meals for them. Follow along as I share family-friendly recipes and reviews from my picky family members, who I lovingly call “The Whine Critics.” Read More…

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