Meatloaf is a classic American dish that if made the right way, can be healthy comfort food. I use lean ground turkey, fresh herbs (important) & veggies. With veggies side dishes, you can even have this as an after-workout meal. Check out MG’s simple & delish herbed turkey meatloaf recipe below…
- 2 lbs lean ground turkey meat
- 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup tomato paste (or ketchup)
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 1/4 cup of finely chopped Italian parsley (flat leaf is preferred)
- 1 small white onion (or half a large one)
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon of onion powder
- 1/2 stick of celery chopped finely
- 1/2 stick carrot chopped finely
- salt & pepper
- meat thermometer
- mixing bowl
- roasting pan
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Saute onion, garlic, parsley, celery & carrots (I call this veggie saute) in extra virgin olive oil with a dash of salt & pepper until onions are translucent. Turn off heat and let cool for a few minutes.
- Combine the veggie saute, eggs, garlic powder, onion powder, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup of tomato paste (save the remaining 1/4 for later) in large bowl. I mix the dry & wet ingredients together before adding the ground turkey so that everything mixes evenly.
- Fold in ground turkey and mix in with ingredients in bowl. Try not to over mix the turkey, which will make the meat tough.
- Place mixed ground turkey onto a foiled lined medium-sized roasting pan and form into a loaf shape.
- Layer the remaining 1/4 tomato paste on top. I like to mix chopped parsley into my tomato paste for added color & flavor.
- Loosely cover pan with foil and put into the oven timed for 40 mins.
- After 40 mins, remove foil and bake for another 20 mins or until meat thermometer reads 170 degrees (the safe temp for ground turkey).
The best part of this dish is that it makes for incredibly delish leftovers. The next day, I heat meatloaf slices in a pan with a touch of olive oil & serve on multi-grain toast with mayo & ketchup. YUM x 100.
Look out for more Little MG Kitchen recipes every Thursday, dahlings.