Terrific Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

I am not a chef, nor do I play one on TV...I do however play one in my kitchen occasionally. I don't know if I do everything 'right' and I doubt that I use any of the right techniques or terms, but I'd like to start sharing some of my recipes (I use this term loosely) here on my blog. 


I know, with that intro I can just feel your excitement! So, here we go...

Terrific Turkey Meatloaf


1 Large Onion-chopped
3 Cloves Garlic-minced
1 Tblsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 8 oz Pkg Sliced Mushrooms
2 lbs Ground Turkey (I use 93/7)
1/2 cup Coach's Oats
1 Large Egg
1/2 cup Tomato Sauce


Heat olive oil in skillet at medium heat, sautee onion and garlic. Pour into large mixing bowl to cool. Add mushrooms into remaining oil in skillet (if there isn't enough I sometimes add another teaspoon, doesn't take much), reduce heat a little and sautee mushrooms for a few minutes. Add Coach's Oats, egg, and mushrooms to bowl. Mix well and then add ground turkey, mix.
I usually bake this in an oblong baking pan. I think you could also use a 9x13, it just wouldn't be as thick and you may need to adjust baking time. 
Spread top with the tomato sauce.
Bake at 400 for about 55 minutes (or until an meat thermometer inserted in the middle of meatloaf reads 170).
**To make this recipe even leaner you can substitute ground turkey breast in place of the regular ground turkey and/or use 3 Tblsp egg whites instead of the egg.


Two tips I have for you if your meatloaf tends to be dry:

  1. You may be overcooking it. To avoid this use a meat thermometer to judge done-ness.
  2. Let your meatloaf rest for 4 to 5 minutes after you pull it out of the oven; then cut into it. This will give it time to redistribute juices and works wonders for dry meatloaf syndrome ;)

Love this turkey meatloaf. I've also added in red peppers and/or spinach to up the veggies in our diet. This recipe serves my family of 5, but it could easily be cut in half for just 1 or 2 people. Hope you enjoy!