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Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Mighty Tasty Turkey Meatloaf with Mashed SWEET Potatoes

Comfort food at its MAX right here. Unfortunately, we were running late to our small group, so the "End" pictures are not anything worth bragging about as I was trying to scarf down dinner and take some after-thought pictures! HOWEVER, this was one of the best recipes I've found for a healthy meatloaf. My husband polished off the entire thing in less than 24 hours, save the 1-2ish slices I was able to have. Needless to say, its on the menu next week again! WE LOVED IT!

As far as the potatoes go, nothing fancy there, but we loved them as well, so I'll post them after the meatloaf!

"Homestyle Turkey Meatloaf"
Adapted from Eating For Life Cookbook

1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey (I only used 1lb because thats how its packaged here)
1 onion, chopped (I diced mine pretty small)
4 egg whites
1 cup salsa
3/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats, uncooked
1 pkg vegetable soup mix (dry)- this added some yummy flavor!
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup ketchup

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and coat a loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, compine the turkey, onion, egg whites, salsa, oats, soup mix, and black pepper. MIX WELL.

Press mixture into prepared loaf pan.

Spread the ketchup overtop.

Bake until meatloaf is no longer pink in the middle, about 60 minutes. (It may take longer. I bumped my oven up to 375 and it barely finished in an hour!) WORTH THE WAIT. I promise!

Enjoy :) 

Easy as it Gets Mashed Sweet Potatoes 

- 3 medium sized sweet potatoes
- Cumin
- Chili Powder
-DASH of ground red pepper

For you measurement freaks (I am one of them)- get over it. Just eyeball it and taste it. Anywhere from about 1/2tsp to 1tsp would be good!

Dice up your sweet potato (I leave skin on, but you could peel them first) and steam (Or boil, or microwave!) until soft and "mash-able."

Now, I put all of the spices in the bottom of a medium-sized bowl so that when i put the potatoes in to mash, they would start to absorb the seasonings. You could mash, and then add, or add while you mash. If you haven't noticed- this is no sophisticated recipe here.

Just look for an end result like this:

So yummy! Enjoy :) We also had some green beans with our loaf and potatoes. Like I said, a real comfort meal.


  1. I have been looking for a better turkey meatloaf recipe. I just printed this out and will try it this weekend!

  2. This meatloaf recipe looks great!! I really want to make it for my husband and me soon!! :)

  3. i LOVE this meatloaf! the EFL cookbook rocks.

  4. What is the little set-up you have for steaming your potatoes? Did you put a glass bowl on top of a pot of water? I tried the microwave and it took forever :)

  5. You have 2 options if you don't own a steamer:

    1. Dice up potatoes and place them in a microwave safe dish (preferable a baking dish where they can be spread out). Add about 1/2 inch of water to the pan and microwave 10-15 minutes until soft


    2. Buy a steamer basket (cheap @ Target or Walmart). Fill large sauce pan with 1 inch of water. Place potatoes in steaming basket, boil water, cover pan, and steam for about 10-15 minutes, or until soft!