M-A's Meatloaf: the Healthy Kind!

Description

Meatloaf is the comfort food-fix everyone loves to eat.  Using organic ground turkey, panko or gluten-free bread crumbs instead of store-bought plain or flavored breadcrumbs, makes it healthy.  No eggs or stocks- there is enough liquid from the chopped vegetables.  Here is my own recipe on a healthy, hearty, tasty, Meatloaf.

 

Servings: 4
Prep:
20 minutes
Cook time:
20 minutes
Total time:
40 minutes

Ingredients

3 pounds
turkey breast (ground organic )
1 1⁄2 cup
yellow onions (Chopped)
3  
Carrots (Large- Chopped)
3  
celery ribs (Large- Chopped)
1⁄2 cup
ketchup (Or tomato sauce)
1⁄4 cup
Worcestershire sauce
1 cup
panko crumbs (or Gluten Free breadcrumbs)
1 teaspoon
thyme leaves (Fresh or /2 teaspoon dried)
1⁄4 teaspoon
paprika (or Cayenne to taste)
2 tablespoons
grape-seed oil
1⁄2 teaspoon
black pepper (freshly ground)
1⁄2  
red pepper ((optional for personalizing))
1 teaspoon
kosher salt
1⁄2 teaspoon
Nutmeg (ground)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F. and the meatloaf is cooked through.
  • In a medium saute pan over medium-low heat, cook the onions in oil until translucent, add carrots, celery, salt, pepper, and thyme.
  • Cook until tender, but not browned approximately 10 minutes.  Take away from burner.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 the ketchup or tomato sauce and mix well. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the mixture with ground turkey and panko crumbs.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes. 
  • Add spice to liking and ground nutmeg.
  • Mix well and fill 3/4 full, 2-3 baking pans or shape onto a piece of tin foil and seal.
  • Spread about one tablespoon of ketchup evenly over top.
  • *Option: thinly slice red pepper and initialize meatloaf -personalize it!
  • Loosely cover the loaf with foil.  (Remove or open the foil the last five minutes of baking).
  • Serve hot at room temperature, or cold in a sandwich.