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.