It’s been over a week since I last posted – how does that happen? This past week a few new recipes have been tried and one was for this Turkey Meat Loaf. I happen to like a good ole meatloaf on a cold winter day. Growing up my mom made a delicious meat loaf and I always enjoyed that meal. Yummy! I usually make my families favorite mini meatloaves since they cook quicker and offer built in portion control. This recipe got great reviews so I had to give it a try. Since I had the extra time this one was baked as the recipe suggested in a loaf pan.
I was worried that since it was made with ground turkey that it might be too soft and difficult to slice. I was wrong! With the addition of oatmeal it was nice and firm without being dried out and it sliced nicely! As you can see on the edges the ketchup glaze did start to burn the last 10 -15 minutes of cooking time. At that point I should have covered it with foil to prevent that from happening. The recipe said this made 6 servings but I could only eat one slice as it’s very filling. Two slices is the perfect hungry - man size serving.
The recipe called for garlic powder – I swear I just bought some garlic powder. I even remember standing in the spice aisle looking at garlic powder and deciding which one to get - but it was nowhere to be found so I used a couple of fresh garlic cloves – minced. It also called for 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and my supply had dwindled down to just under 2 tablespoons so I went with it. The end result was quite flavorful and the left overs reheat without drying out. It’s not my favorite meat loaf recipe but I would make it again for a nice change of pace and next time I would add at least half a cup of finely minced onion.
Turkey Meat Loaf
- 2 pounds ground turkey breast
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder or a couple of garlic cloves, minced
- Cooking spray
- 1/4 cup ketchup
Preheat oven to 400°.
Combine the first 10 ingredients in a large bowl, mix to combine.
Place the turkey mixture in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Top with 1/4 cup ketchup. Bake at 400° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until done. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Check meat loaf after about an hour and tent with foil if the ketchup is getting too brown.
Yield: 6 large servings or 12 smaller servings
*Estimated Nutritional Information
Amount Per 6 large Servings, Calories: 272, Fat: 3.5g, Protein: 39.1g, Carbohydrate: 20.4g, Fiber: 2.1g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Iron: 3.3mg, Sodium: 728mg, WWPP 7
Amount Per 12 smaller Servings, Calories 136, Fat:1.75f, Protein 19.55g, Carbohydrate: 10.2g, Fiber:1.05g, Cholesterol:48.5mg, Iron: 1.65mg, Sodium: 364mg, WWPP 3
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light March 2001
*The nutritional information and WW PP values posted on Nutmeg Notebook are my best estimates based on the brands of products I use and the software programs used to calculate them. If you rely heavily on the nutritional information and WWPP values I encourage you to double check the values given, using the brands of products you use. If you find big differences feel free to email me or leave me a comment letting me know.
Like the rest of you we have been busy around the Nutmeg household. A few new recipes have been tried, new hiking trails have been explored, new hiking boots, running shoes (used for fast paced walking not running) have been purchased. I even managed to find some Dansko comfort sandals and some casual leather shoes for wearing with my jeans that work with my post surgery foot! Regular shoes can only be worn for short periods of time – my hiking shoes remain my most comfortable footwear option! I still need a couple more summer options like low heel sandals that offer good support and don’t look like old lady shoes! Is that too much to ask? If you have any recommendations for your favorite comfort shoes please leave me a comment and let me know the brand name.
My foot is getting better and I am working through the aches and pains that come with being more active. Since the mechanics of my foot have changed (second metatarsal is shorter now) and my body weight now lands under the base of the big toe like it should, it changes how my foot works and feels. Everything is having to get used to working in a new way. When I am on my feet a lot the post surgery foot swells and the second toe is always in a state of being swollen and quite annoying. That should get better with time.
I am beyond thrilled to be able to drive, walk and hike again. After being couched for so long its difficult for me to take time out and sit at the computer for very long. I feel like I need to be up moving! That’s not a bad thing. With the fitbit one tracker logging my steps and calories burned its a good incentive to keep moving and reach or exceed my daily goal of walking 10,000 steps! Last week my average daily steps was 13,445 and I walked a total of 42 miles! Yippee! All this activity is helping me to sleep better. Love that.
It feels like winter has gone on forever. Spring is right around the corner and I am looking forward to it! I already stocked up on allergy meds as trees here are starting to bloom.
To your health!
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