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Fall in Love with my Tasty Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Updated on June 17, 2015

Comfort Food and Warm Memories

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Give Me Comfort

I personally love comfort foods. I love the way they fill my house with their aroma while I am cooking, I love how they always bring back warm memories and, most of all, I love the way they taste! This is why when I'm trying to cut back on calories I have a hard time just sticking to lettuce. Sometimes you want something warm and filling in your tummy. This desire is exactly what led me to cleaning up staple, comfort food recipes. Doing this I found out, by swapping unhealthy ingredients with healthy ones, I was able to decrease calories in my meals, boost the nutrient value and all without sacrificing on taste. I actually prefer these healthier versions (especially this meatloaf recipe!) far more than the fatty, regular ones. This meatloaf recipe is a lot less greasy then ones made with beef, which gives it a more fluffy quality. Furthermore, the crust the turkey develops seems to be slightly thicker and crispier, compared to the beef. My husband enjoys this meatloaf so much he has me combine the ingredients, then he rolls the mixture up into little meatballs and bakes them for spaghetti night! You can even add Italian Seasoning to make your "meatballs" compliment your spaghetti sauce more!

The Benefits of Turkey Meat

Not only is turkey delicious, but it is quite nutritious also! Certified Organic ground turkey, which was also pasture-raised has a higher content of nutrients and is far less likely to contain unwanted contaminants (whfoods.com, 2013). Turkeys were meant to pluck at the ground all day, eating whatever treasures suit their fancy, so it makes sense to only buy turkey meat from turkeys who ate what nature intended them too, rather than some man-made, chemical, turkey-plumping stuff. Turkey's nutrients include: Zinc, Vitamin B6 and B3, it is also a source of Omega-3's and with 30-35 grams of protein per 4 ounces you can't deny this bird definitely packs a nutritional punch (whfoods.com, 2013)! Ground Turkey is also lower in saturated fat than ground beef, with 2.9g of saturated fat per 3ou and ground beef with 5.9g. (yahoo.com, 2009). Also Jennio-O Has an extra lean ground turkey breast which is only 120 calories for 4 ounces!

Nutrients found in Turkey Meat

Nutrients
Daily Percentage
Tryptophan
118.7%
Protein
68.1%
Selenium
52%
Vitamin B3
42.5%
Vitamin B6
32%
Phosphorus
25.4%
Choline
22.5%
Zinc
13.1%
Source: whfoods.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp. onion powder

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: Serves 4

A Mean Looking Meatloaf

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Let's make some Meatloaf!

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Make sure your ground turkey is completely defrosted (otherwise your hands will be very cold) and grab a large bowl and combine: lean ground turkey, eggs, oatmeal, onion, and spices (garlic salt, pepper, onion powder). Take your hands and mix it all together. I like to mix in all the ingredients and then add the oatmeal last, and I pour it in slowly. The oatmeal really bulks the mixture up so I just do it this way to save my hand muscles.
  3. Now that everything is thoroughly mixed together, go get your 2 quart casserole dish and start putting your meatloaf in there. This part requires some level of artistic ability because you must sculpt the loaf in a pretty oval shape, without it touching the edges. I just plop it in there, make the oval shape first, then, taking one hand I edge the loaf away from the sides so they no longer touch.
  4. Now take your milk and pour it over the meatloaf. This is why you do not want the sides of the loaf touching the dish, because in the oven the milk will start to boil and help cook it. After I pour the milk, I like to sprinkle a little garlic salt or even garlic powder on the top. I find this makes for a crispier crust.
  5. Put the lid on then place in oven
  6. Bake for 50 minutes covered
  7. For the last ten minutes cook meatloaf uncovered, this will brown the exposed areas.
  8. Remove, spread ketchup over the top and Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 285
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 20 g7%
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 38 g76%
Cholesterol 194 mg65%
Sodium 380 mg16%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Asparagus with Salad

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A Wonderful Meal

Whenever I serve this main dish for dinner I like to pair it with a great big salad and, of course, steamed asparagus. For the salad I used baby spinach or a mixed garden blend. I add yellow peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber and sunflower seeds to the mix. For dressing I make my own using: 2 parts apple cider vinegar with 1 part olive oil and a sprinkle of pepper; shake it up in an airtight container and you have a healthy, homemade salad dressing! With steamed asparagus all I do is trim the ends, throw them in my Pampered Chef Steamer with a little bit of water and put them in the microwave for around 5 minutes (just until they are tender and evenly cooked). You can eat asparagus hot or cold; I prefer hot because I like to dip them in a little butter and when they are hot the butter melts oh-so-deliciously!

This meal has been a stand-by for me for a few years now, and I hope it will be for you as well! Merry Feasting!

Recipe Update:

Ok, so this adds a bit more calories, but it is oh-so-yum. Before you cook your loaf, dig a hole in the center and then crack an egg in there. Bake as usual. When you are done, you will have a hard-boiled egg inside your meatloaf! Enjoy!

References:

whfoods.com.(2013).Turkey,pature raised. Retrieved December 2,2013 from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=125

Wagner,J.(2009).voices.yahoo.com. Retrieved December 2,2013 from http://voices.yahoo.com/why-ground-turkey-place-ground-2541325.html


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      suziecat7 3 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I gave up red meat many years ago and I make turkey meatloaf often. Your recipe is quite different than mine but sounds delicious. Great Hub.

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