Tasty Tuesday: Healthy Turkey Meatloaf

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It's "Tasty Tuesday"! 

This week's Tasty Tuesday is a good one for the nights where you just need that little bit of comfort food, but don't want to go too crazy and try to keep it healthy! This meal is SUPER easy to make, with only a handful of ingredients which is great. The only slight downside is like with any meatloaf, usually takes a little while to cook. So for us, this is another good weekend meal, or we will just cook it over the weekend and then eat it later during the week when we are pressed for time!

Both Wes and I thought this recipe was pretty good. Jackson also thought it was pretty good and didn't mind the veggies in it (so that's a win in my book!) He even helped me make the sauce for the top. Of course our pickiest of eaters, Emma Kathryn, basically wouldn't touch it because she saw green things in it (on other occasions she has HOUNDED meatloaf). So I'm thinking of trying to almost puree the veggies so she can't see them as much next time. I think I also might just trying putting straight ketchup on top for the kiddos. Our kiddos seem to think that the glaze with the Dijon mustard is too spicy.

This recipe is actually also great for the end of the week when you are trying to figure out what to do with some veggies because you can put pretty much any veggie you want in here! By the time we made it, we only had zucchini left so for our first try that's all we used. But you could really do anything!

The other thing I wanted to mention too, is that I originally didn't realize that the amounts called out in the recipe didn't really match the amount of ground turkey we had, so we ended up almost doubling the recipe (except I kept the same veggie amount for the first go around). So just a heads up to make sure you check the amounts on the below recipe when compared to your ground turkey too!

Healthy Garden Turkey Meatloaf

Healthy Turkey Meatloaf

What You'll Need For Meatloaf:
  • 2 cups assorted chopped vegetables (such as mushrooms, zucchini, red peppers, spinach, etc)
  • 12 oz 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs (or regular if you have those instead)
  • 1/4 cup fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbls ketchup
  • 1 tbls fresh chives, rinsed, dried and chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 tbls fresh parsley, rinsed, dried and chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
  • Nonstick cooking spray

What You'll Need For Glaze:
  • 1 tbls ketchup
  • 1 tbls honey
  • 1 tbls Dijon mustard

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and steam or lightly saute your veggies. 
Combine the veggies and the rest of the meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well! Spray a loaf pan with some nonstick cooking spray and spread the meatloaf mixture evenly in the pan.
Combine all the ingredients in the glaze and brush it on top of the meatloaf.
Bake the meatloaf in the oven for 40 - 45 minutes (keep in mind if you double the recipe it might take longer) to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: (serving size is 2 slices)
Calories: 180, Total Fat: 2 g, Sodium: 368 mg, Total Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 25g, Carbohydrates: 17g

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