Meal planning can be one of the most frustrating things we do as an individual who consistently eats healthy. We are going to say something that may shock you: you can only eat chicken so often. Variety is amazing in a diet, especially when you're used to eating the same things over and over. You know what we're talking about. Chicken and fish. Chicken and fish. Insert ground turkey and our mouth watering turkey meatloaf recipe.
Comfort food is so good, but we all know that it typically is not good for us. Do you remember being a kid and having your mom's or grandmother's meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy. Damn. We miss it too. We were able to re-create that nostalgic feeling with our turkey meatloaf recipe.
The obvious change to this recipe is the use of ground turkey versus your traditional beef. This will generally cut down on the fats you get in ground beef. On top of that, turkey has a different flavor than beef and tends to be more moist if prepared correctly.
Moisture is a key component to this recipe. We wanted it to fall off our fork. We wanted it to melt in your mouth. It does just that. In addition to using ground turkey, we pack this with 8oz of finely chopped mushrooms to help keep it moist. We also add in a cup of bread crumbs to also help maintain the moisture of the meatloaf.
Milk is also used in the mixture with the bread crumbs for moisture. We elected to use 1/3 cup almond milk, but you can choose whatever kind of milk you wish.
We elected to use sugar-free ketchup as it only has 10 calories per tablespoon. Feel free to cut down on the use of ketchup if you want. The four tablespoons on top is not necessary.
When this comes out of the oven your entire home is going to smell so good. Your mouth will be watering. You will be ready to go. This does make approximately five slices, so you have more than enough to feed a family or prep meals for the week.
Try pairing this turkey meatloaf with baby red mashed potatoes. We use greek yogurt in our mashed potatoes instead of butter and sour cream to cut down on the fats. It tastes just the same, if not better. Add some greens and multi-colored carrots and you have a dish that would make anyone proud. The wine is always optional (but is it really?!)
The next time you're struggling to think of something different to make at-home for dinner, resort to healthy comfort food and our Mouth Watering Turkey Meatloaf recipe.
MACROS (per slice)
Makes 5 slice
Mouth Watering Turkey Meatloaf
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 medium Red Onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic peeled and minced
- 8 oz Mushrooms finely chopped
- 7 tbsp Sugar-Free Ketchup
- 1 tbsp Worcester Sauce
- 1 tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Black Pepper
- 1 cup Bread Crumbs
- ⅓ cup Milk your choice
- 2 large Whole Eggs beaten
- 1 ½ lbs Ground Turkey 93/7
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray meatloaf pan with non-stick spray.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened; about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the mushrooms, a 1/2-teaspoon of salt, and a 1/4-teaspoon of pepper. Cook until the mushrooms give off their liquid and it boils away; about 10 minutes.
- Transfer the onions and mushrooms to a large bowl, and then stir in the Worcestershire sauce and 3 tbsp of the sugar-free ketchup. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine the breadcrumbs and milk in a small bowl.
- Stir the breadcrumb mixture and the eggs into the mushrooms and onions. Using a fork or your hands, gently mix in the turkey, a 1/2 tsp of salt and a 1/4 tsp of pepper.
- Pour the turkey mixture into greased meatloaf pan. Spread the remaining 4 tbsp sugar-free ketchup on top. Bake for 50 minutes.