Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Simple Turkey Meatloaf

Here is a slice of Simple Turkey Meatloaf with Spicy Gingered Asian Slaw
Smashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives
Recipe from The Food You Crave
Husband-Tested in Alice’s Kitchen
Makes about 8 servings

This meatloaf takes no time at all to prepare and can be made in advance and frozen for later.  It’s made free form.  Because the mixture is somewhat wet, you won’t get the height of a normal meatloaf.  In fact, the slices will be less than 2 inches high.  This is just fine with us since we are cutting back on the amount of meat we’re consuming.  One slice is just perfect with some mashed potatoes and a crisp salad or steamed vegetable for a healthier comfort food dinner.

¾ cup quick-cooking oats
½ cup milk
1 medium onion, peeled
2 lbs. ground turkey breast (I used ground turkey thighs.)
½ cup seeded and chopped red bell pepper (about ½ medium)
2 large eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup ketchup
½ teaspoon Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 (8 oz. can or jar) no-salt added tomato sauce
(I served this drizzled with a little Sriracha Sauce to give it some kick.)

Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a small bowl, stir together the oats and the milk.  Allow them to soak while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. (About 3 minutes)
Thinly slice one-quarter of the onion into rings or slices and set aside.  Finely chop the rest of the onion.  In a large bowl, combine the turkey, the oatmeal mixture, the chopped onion, the bell pepper, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt and pepper.  Mix just until combined. 
Transfer the mixture to a rimmed sheet pan.  Shape into a loaf about 5 inches wide and 2 inches high.  Spoon the tomato sauce over the top of the loaf and arrange the sliced onions over the top.  Bake about an hour or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 160F.  Remove the loaf from the oven and allow it to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Nutritional Info Per 1-inch Slice: 205 calories; 3.5 grams fat; 32 grams protein; 13 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 98 milligrams cholesterol; 490 milligrams sodium

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