Ellie Krieger's Mom's Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Ellie Krieger's Mom's Turkey Meatloaf Recipe
Turkey Meatloaf (and other First Friday food)

This healthy meatloaf is proof that sometimes you can royally mess up a recipe and still have it turn out delicious in the end (as opposed to when you swear you followed a recipe to the "t", and the food still comes out tasting like cardboard).* I made the meatloaf for last week’s First Friday (see that post here), and it was a total crowd pleaser.

The recipe is from one of my favorite go-to – and health conscious – cookbooks, The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger. I think the secret ingredient is the oatmeal, but then again, I’m obsessed with oatmeal. Either way, at just 205 calories and 3.5 grams of fat a serving, it’s a definite make again. The recipe serves 8, so I multiplied the ingredients by 1.5 to serve my crowd.


¾ cup quick-cooking oats

½ cup nonfat milk

1 medium onion, peeled

2 pounds ground turkey breast

½ cup seeded and chopped red bell pepper (1/2 medium pepper)

2 large eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup ketchup

½ teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

One 8-ounce can no-salt added tomato sauce (I used Trader Joe’s Pomodoro)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, stir together the oats and milk and allow to soak while you get the rest of the ingredients together, at least 3 minutes (I ended up soaking for about 15 minutes, especially since I used old fashioned rather than instant oats, since that's what I had on hand).

Thinly slice one-quarter of the onion into rings and set aside. Finely chop the rest of the onion. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, oatmeal mixture, chopped onion, bell pepper, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Mix just until well combined.

Transfer the mixture to a 9x13-inch baking dish and shape into a loaf about 5 inches wide and 2 inches high. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatloaf and sprinkle with sliced onions. Bake until an instant read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 160 F, about 1 hour.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

* This recipe is so not difficult, I was just having one of those days.

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