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Turkey Meatloaf With Hidden Veggies

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I’m constantly looking for ways to blend tradition with nutrition. Today, I’m excited to share my recipe for “Turkey Meatloaf With Hidden Veggies.” This dish is a twist on the old-fashioned classic, incorporating healthy ingredients while still delivering that comforting, home-cooked taste.

It’s perfect for sneaking in those extra vitamins and minerals, especially for picky eaters!

Nutritional Facts

  • Servings: 8
  • Calories: 220 per serving
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Fat: 8g

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 cup finely grated carrot
  • 1 cup finely grated zucchini (excess moisture squeezed out)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (for topping)

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, grated carrot, zucchini, onion, and garlic.
  3. Gently mix in breadcrumbs, parsley, eggs, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and thyme until just combined. Avoid overmixing.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared loaf pan, shaping it evenly.
  5. Spread ketchup over the top of the meatloaf.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  7. Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes before slicing. This helps it retain its shape and moisture.

Turkey Meatloaf With Hidden Veggies

Recipe by Dr. Hailee
5.0 from 1 vote
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 
Total time

1

hour 

20

minutes

This turkey meatloaf is a twist on the old-fashioned classic, incorporating healthy ingredients while still delivering that comforting, home-cooked taste.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs 2 ground turkey

  • 1 cup 1 finely grated carrot

  • 1 cup 1 finely grated zucchini (excess moisture squeezed out)

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 finely chopped onion

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic, minced

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 whole wheat breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 fresh parsley, chopped

  • 2 large 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons 2 tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon 1 Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon 1 salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 dried thyme

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 ketchup (for topping)

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a loaf pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, grated carrot, zucchini, onion, and garlic.
  • Gently mix in breadcrumbs, parsley, eggs, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and thyme until just combined. Avoid overmixing.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared loaf pan, shaping it evenly.
  • Spread ketchup over the top of the meatloaf.
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  • Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes before slicing. This helps it retain its shape and moisture.

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 1g
  • Total number of serves: 9
  • Calories: 220kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Fiber: 2g

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Does My Turkey Meatloaf Fall Apart?

Ever wondered why some meatloaves just don’t hold their shape? The key lies in the binding ingredients. Turkey meatloaf can fall apart if there aren’t enough binders like eggs or breadcrumbs. Also, overmixing the meat can break down the proteins too much, leading to a crumbly texture.

Why Is My Turkey Meatloaf Rubbery?

If your meatloaf comes out more like a bouncy ball than a tender loaf, it’s often due to overworking the meat or cooking it too long. Turkey is lean, and overcooking can quickly lead to a rubbery texture. Gentle mixing and a watchful eye during baking are crucial.

What Is the Secret to Moist Meatloaf?

Moisture is meatloaf’s best friend. To keep your turkey meatloaf moist and delicious, use ingredients like grated veggies for natural moisture, and don’t skimp on the binding agents. Baking it just right—until it’s cooked through but not overdone—is also key.

Wrap-Up

There you have it, my delightful Turkey Meatloaf With Hidden Veggies! It’s a wholesome, comforting meal that’s perfect for any family dinner. Packed with nutrients and flavor, it’s a surefire way to please both the health-conscious and the flavor-seekers at your table.

Enjoy this modern take on a classic, and remember, the secret to a great meatloaf is in the love (and the veggies!) you put into it. Happy cooking!

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