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Very Veggie Turkey Meatloaf

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This is a very easy turkey meatloaf recipe that packs in a TON of veggies. I can get other nutritious ingredients like flaxmeal and wheat germ into this recipe too without compromising the taste. Sometimes I will use some whole wheat breadcrumbs or quinoa mixed in. This recipe has a lot of room for interpretation, so try adding other vegetables you may have on hand.Try making these in cupcake pans. It will cook faster and everyone can have their own portion with their own individual topping. Baking time will have to be reduced so keep an eye and remove when browned and cooked through. Optional toppings to glaze the top could be sweet and sour sauce, ketchup (no high fructose corn syrup added) or barbecue sauce (no high fructose corn syrup added). This recipe is a steal at about $1.30 per serving!! This dish with a slice of meatloaf, clementine, green beans and brown rice is exactly $2.99. What a balanced nutritious meal. It beats a fast food meal on price and nutrition any day!

Ingredients

Food
Amt
Units
Prep
Notes
1 tablespoon olive oil
olive oil
1
tablespoon
1 onion, diced (small)
onion
1
diced
small
1 carrot, shredded (large)
carrot
1
shredded
large
⅔ cup spinach, chopped fine
spinach
cup
chopped fine
½ cup mushrooms, chopped fine
mushrooms
½
cup
chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, diced
garlic
3
cloves
diced
1 pound turkey, lean ground
turkey, lean ground
1
pound
3-4 tablespoons flax meal
flax meal
3-4
tablespoons
1 teaspoon salt
salt
1
teaspoon
⅛ teaspoon black pepper
black pepper
teaspoon
1 egg, beaten
egg
1
beaten

Method

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a small loaf pan with cooking spray or coat with canola oil. In a large skillet, warm oil on medium heat. Sautée onions, carrot, spinach, mushrooms and garlic all together until slightly soft, about 2-3 minutes. Cool about 5 minutes in a medium sized bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well using your hands. Place in loaf pan and form into a loaf shape. Cook about 1 hour until slightly browned and cooked through. 1-2 tablespoon optional toppings (like sweet and sour sauce, BBQ sauce or ketchup) can be spread on top and baked for the last 5-10 minutes, or served on the side for dipping.

Babyfood Option:

Ground meat is a great way to introduce meat to babies, and in this recipe a few veggies go a long for the ride! Tear or smash into very small bite size pieces that baby can pick up and feed himself.

Prep time
12 min
Cook time
60 min
Cost per serving:
$1.30
Yields/Serves:
6 servings
Nutrition Information

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum! It's awesome!” —Maria, age 11
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super yum! It's just good!” —Emma, age 10
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super yum! It's good!” —Joseph, age 5
😫😟😐😀😍 “Yum. I like the meat but I’m not fond of the onions.” —Zane, age 9
😫😟😐😀😍 “Yum. It's pretty good.” —Asa, age 5