Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Two Killer Turkeyloaf Recipes for Those Who Hate Meatloaf

I HATE meatloaf.  But for some reason, trading out hamburger meat with ground turkey makes meatloaf yummy (and better for you!).

So here are two meatloaf-alternatives that are to die for, and very diet-friendly.  I encourage you to experiment using your favorite meatloaf recipe and trading out for turkey.  You may be surprised at how delicious it is.  Turkey takes on the flavor of whatever you bake it with, so the results are more delectable than beef.

Standard Turkey Loaf

Serving Suggestion: Serve with Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli sauteed in olive oil and garlic salt.


1 - 2lbs Ground Turkey
1 C Chopped Onion (give or take)
1 C Chopped Carrot (give or take)
3 Slices of Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs mixed with 1/4 C skim milk to soften
1/2C  Parmesan Cheese
1/4C Ketchup
2 Eggs
1 TSP Salt
1 TSP Seasoning Salt or Poultry Seasoning
1 TSP Garlic Salt


Preheat oven to 400. Combine ingredients into a bowl and mix well with hands.  Coat a meatloaf pan with oil (I also sometimes make individual portions using cupcake pans). Place meat mixture in pan  and pat down.  Bake for 60 - 70 minutes until center registers 160 degrees.

Southwest Turkey Loaf


1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
14-1/2 ounce can beef broth
15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 pounds uncooked ground turkey
1 cup frozen or canned whole kernel corn, thawed or drained
1/2 cup bottled picante sauce (I didn't have this, but salsa or enchilada mix will work, too)
1/4 - 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
1 teaspoon taco seasoning
Shredded Mexican-style four cheese blend, chopped tomato, snipped fresh cilantro, sliced jalapeno pepper


In a rice cooker, add oil, onions, rice, garlic, and beef broth. Cook until rice is tender. Stir in beans; set aside to cool slightly, about 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a meatloaf pan baking with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl combine turkey, corn, picante sauce, crushed chips, and taco seasoning. Stir in rice mixture. In prepared baking pan lightly pat meat mixture to a 10x5-inch loaf. Bake for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours, until an instant-read thermometer inserted near center of loaf registers 165 degrees F.

Let meat loaf stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, tomato, cilantro, and/or sliced jalapeno.

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