As I have said before, I am a big fan of healthy, comfort food meals. And, they are not necessarily easy to come by. Let’s face it, comfort meals typically mean lots of carbs and lots of unhealthy fat. So, when I find a recipe for a healthy comfort meal that tastes great, I celebrate it. This is one of those recipes. Ellie Krieger is a nutritionist, cookbook author and television host who has created some of my favorite healthy recipes. She, like my other favorite healthy cookbook authors, is able to find a nice balance between healthy and flavorful, satisfying foods. I’ve tried a lot of “healthy” meatloaf recipes over the years only to be disappointed. This one, however, was exactly what I’ve been looking for in a comforting, flavorful, healthy meatloaf. It’s a great kid friendly meal that your family is sure to love.
Healthy Turkey Meatloaf
- 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1 medium onion, peeled
- 2 pounds ground turkey breast
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
- Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Step 2 In a small bowl, stir together the oats and milk. Thinly slice 1/4 of the onion and set aside. Finely chop the remaining onion. In a large bowl combine the turkey, oat mixture, chopped onion, bell pepper, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt and a few grinds of pepper. Mix just until well combined.
- Step 3 Transfer the mixture to a 9 by 13-inch baking dish and shape into a loaf about 5 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches high. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatloaf and sprinkle with the sliced onions. Bake for about 1 hour or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees.F.
- Step 4 Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 to15 minutes before slicing.