Healthy Turkey Meatloaf

A childhood classic just got healthier! This Turkey Meatloaf is packed with veggies and topped with a sweet sauce.  Kid approved Turkey Meatloaf

Healthy Turkey Meatloaf

I still remember my mother making meatloaf when I was a kid. She never had a recipe, she just added a little here and a little there until it looked right and then she popped it into the oven in a loaf pan.  I loved it!  Today we’ve updated the traditional meatloaf using turkey and adding in some fresh veggies!  We also didn’t add any ketchup to the meat (only to the sauce on top) to make this meatloaf have a lot less sugar.

Turkey Meatloaf for dinner!

What Does Meatloaf Have In It?

Meatloaf is typically considered a main dish of ground meat mixed with other ingredients and formed into a loaf shape, then baked.  Meatloaf is usually made from ground beef, although lamb, pork, and turkey are also used. American meatloaf is typically eaten with some kind sauce on the top.   Meatloaf topping sauces are all over the place with some being a tomato-based sauce, some are a simple brown gravy or onion gravy, or even a can of cream of mushroom soup.  There are recipes that use barbecue sauce, tomato ketchup, or a mixture of tomato ketchup and mustard.   Typically there are veggies mixed into the meatloaf – onions, carrots, garlic, and celery are common veggies.

 

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How to Make the Best Meatloaf

I have two big tips for making the best meatloaf.  The first is to chop up you veggies the right size.  Now, the right size may be different for each family.  If you feel like you need to “hide” these veggies, then chop them up small!  But if you are wanting them to stand out more, chop them up no bigger than a penny!  If you cut them larger than that, it make cause the meat the crumble when you cut it and the loaf will break apart!  (I left my veggies on the bigger side so you could spot them in the photos!) My second meatloaf tip is to not overwork the meat when you’re mixing it.  If you work it too much then the meat will be tough!  So just mix it until everything incorporated and then put it in your loaf pan.

Turkey Meatloaf for an easy dinner recipe

What Is A Good Side to Serve With Meatloaf?

A lot of people like to serve some kind of potato with their meatloaf.  Some yummy potato recipes on our site:

Other options would be:

Turkey Meatloaf the kids will love

If you love your slow cooker, we have a Slow Cooker Meatloaf recipe!  It’s perfect for when you need to set it and forget it… then come home to a delicious dinner!

Healthy Turkey Meatloaf
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Turkey Meatloaf

Healthy Turkey Meatloaf
Serves: 8
Prep Time: 10 m
Cook Time: 1 h

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pound – turkey, ground
  • 1/2 medium – onion
  • 1/2 medium – bell pepper, red
  • 1 clove – garlic
  • 1 large – egg
  • 1 tablespoon – Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon – Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup – panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 2 ounce – Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon – salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon – black pepper, ground
Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup – ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon – mustard
  • 1 tablespoon – honey

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease a loaf pan.
  2. Dice the onion and bell pepper.  Saute in a pan over medium heat until soft; add garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
  3. Add veggies to a bowl with the ground turkey, egg, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, bread crumbs, Swiss cheese, salt and pepper.  Use your hands to combine the ingredients together. Try not to over-mix!
  4. Dump into your prepared loaf pan and use your hand to make a rounded top to your loaf.
  5. Place in the oven; bake for 40-45 minutes.
  6. While the meatloaf is baking, make the sauce.  Combine ketchup, mustard and honey in a small bowl.
  7. Spread sauce over the top of your meatloaf and then put it back into the oven for another 15 minutes.
  8. Serve topped with a little chopped parsley for color!

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 152 8%
  • Fat: 4 g 6%
  • Carb: 9 g 3%
  • Fiber: 0 g 0%
  • Protein: 20 g 40%
  • Sugar: 6 g
written by
Natalie Monson

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Comments(4)
tanya says:

sounds delicious. do you think i could safely eliminate the bread crumbs?

Micah says:

Is there a way to do it without cheese? My daughter has a milk allergy

Katie says:

My son is allergic to egg could I use something else ?

Adrianna says:

I would love to try this but I wasn’t just wondering what the serving size is?

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