I Cannot Believe It Is Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

In our household we have three distinctly different meatloaves and each one is extremely tasty. This is one of my meatloaves (my main one kind of resembles a huge rectangular meatball) and Hubby makes the third one. We often have talked about the fact that we could have all three in one week and not feel that we were in a rut. They are that different and that good. I have heard that a lot of people don’t like meatloaf because it is too dry and/or just simply doesn’t taste very good. That is not the case in our house.

This is a recipe that I have been making since “Buddy” was a toddler and he just turned 16 less than 2 weeks ago. I originally saw Ellie Krieger make this on her show “Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger“. (She had named it Mom’s Turkey Meatloaf.) This recipe isn’t just delicious; it is also a lot healthier than most meatloaves. Win Win!
 
It is extremely easy to make this gluten free and/or dairy free. You just need to make sure that your particular brands of the ingredients are gluten free and use unsweetened almond milk or soy milk. Especially pay attention to the Worcestershire Sauce and the Quick-Cooking Oats. I use Bob’s Red Mill and they are certified gluten free.
 
It is also really important to let the meatloaf rest for 10-15 minutes after it is cooked for maximum juiciness.
I Cannot Believe It Is Turkey Meatloaf Recipe
Serves 8
The healthier meatloaf is easily made gluten free and/or dairy free.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats, GF certified if needed
  2. 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or skim milk)
  3. 1 medium onion, peeled (divided)
  4. 2 pounds ground turkey (I use Jennie O Lean)
  5. 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper
  6. 2 eggs, beaten
  7. 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce, make sure GF if needed
  8. 1/4 cup ketchup
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. fresh ground black pepper
  11. 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, stir the oats and milk together.
  3. Thinly slice 1/4 of the onion and set it aside.
  4. Finely chop the remaining onion.
  5. 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.
  6. Transfer the mixture into a 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Shape into a loaf about 5 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches high.
  7. Pour the tomato sauce evenly over the meatloaf.
  8. Spread the sliced onions evenly over the top.
  9. Bake for about 1 hour or until a meat thermometer registers 160 degrees.
  10. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
Adapted from Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger
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