Meatloaf gets a bad reputation. Sure, it’s a 1950s favorite and has “loaf” in the name, but when made the right way, meatloaf can be an easy, healthy meal.
This recipe, which uses lean turkey meat, fiber-rich oats and flavorful bell peppers, is a great healthy main for your next dinner endeavor.
Turkey Meatloaf With Oats and Bell Peppers
Prep time: 15 minutes / Cook time: 1 hour
Yields 8 (1-inch) slices
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1 medium onion, peeled
2 pounds ground turkey breast
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
Heat oven to 350° F. In a small bowl, stir together oats and milk. Thinly slice 1/4 of the onion and set aside. Finely chop the remaining onion.
In a large bowl, combine the turkey, oats mixture, chopped onion, bell pepper, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt and a few grinds of fresh black pepper. Mix until well combined.
Transfer turkey mixture into a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan and shape into a loaf, about 5 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches high. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatloaf and sprinkle with sliced onions.
Bake for about 1 hour, or until the loaf reaches 160° F. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
Recipe adapted from the Food Network.