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Charlie looks apprehensive about this but I found a guilt free recipe for turkey meatloaf today and since its already space heater and leg warmer season I decided it would be just what the doctor ordered... And for a side dish? Stick to your ribs Mac and Cheese made with whole grain shells, Velveeta, coconut milk, and coconut oil with a sprinkle of bread crumbs on top. Mashed potatoes? Of course! But make sure they're sweet potatoes, with just a touch of Irish butter. A low calorie alternative to traditional mashed potatoes with butter and cream.
So if you're still interested see the recipe below for my new favorite guilt free comfort food... Turkey meatloaf, in a crock pot! Lets get cookin'!
Guilt free turkey meatloaf
What you'll need:
1 pound lean ground turkey (or chicken or beef - just try to keep it at 93% lean to ensure calorie count is accurate)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
1/2 cup red pepper, diced
1 cup whole grain or panko bread crumbs
Pink Sea Salt, to taste
1/2 tsp cracked pepper
1/3 cup tomato or vegetable juice
1 tsp oregano
1/3 cup high fructose FREE ketchup, set aside until the last 30 minutes of cook time. Slather that richness on!
1/2 cup tomato, diced and set aside... sprinkle on top of ketchup once meatloaf is cooked
Crushed red pepper, to taste
Franks Red Hot, to taste (once finished cooking, I could drink Franks...)
Putting it together
There is a little work that needs to be done to execute this recipe, but its really quite easy and assembly took me a whopping 20 minutes including dish washing time.
Start by dicing your veg and setting aside.
Give the egg a spin, like you were going to prepare a nice omelette. Don't beat it too long, they don't typically like that.
Get out a large bowl to mix your ingredients together in. The fun part about meatloaf is mixing it with your hands. Wash them first, and take off your rings if you don't want to be picking dried meat out of them later. I've made this mistake in the past. It was pretty gross.
I like to take my meat and throw it into the bowl first, mostly because I am not a fan of its color and texture...
After adding your meat to the bowl, start adding in your dry ingredients.
Breadcrumbs, diced onion, diced pepper, sea salt, pepper, oregano, and crushed red pepper (optional).
Next just throw in your wet ingredients, you're going to be pulverizing this recipe by hand so it doesn't matter really either way how you incorporate this stuff. I just find it easier.
Add in your tomato juice, egg, and Franks Red Hot sauce (optional).
Mix it up
Once you've added everything to your mixing bowl you can go ahead and get started on mashing it all up! This is the fun part, gross but fun. Don't forget to wash your hands with hot water and soap when you've incorporated all of your ingredients - especially if you've added Franks and crushed red peppers. Salmonella poisoning doesn't sound all that fun either.
Next up, prepping your crockpot and cooking your meatloaf!
I use spray olive oil to coat the sides of my crockpot to prevent sticking upon removal. Another little tip is to take strips of foil and make a criss cross shape, this way you can grab the foil once cooking is finished and just lift your meatloaf out of the pot.
If you are wanting to keep this a low calorie recipe I would refrain from using shortening, butter, or regular vegetable oils to coat your crockpot.
I always use either olive oil or coconut oil for this, coconut oil will give your food a sweet taste once its cooked. To avoid this use olive oil or even grape seed oil. Grape seed is a great high heat oil, and can also be used for baking, skin moisturizer, eye make-up remover, and a lubricant. It's high in vitamin E so slather that on your dry skin in the winter months if need be and your skin will love you for it.
Alright, back to meatloaf...
Take your ingredients and beat them into submission. Well, take the seasoned meat and form it into a uniform layer at the bottom of your crockpot.
As you can see I added two strips of foil underneath my meatloaf, and it was very easy to remove. The fats don't really have anyway to escape either so it should be that hard to remove the loaf without the foil.
Have you ever had a meatloaf in the oven boil grease all over? Me too. Not in the crockpot!
Once you've got everything situated in your crockpot cook your meatloaf for 4-5 hours on low. About 30 minutes before you finish cooking your meatloaf add your 1/3 cup ketchup to the top for final cooking and seasoning. When you've served up your loaf add your diced tomatoes to the top. They really don't do much for the dish other than make it look a little pretty, but I'm all about presentation.
Make sure your meat is cooked to 165 degrees, if you don't have a meat thermometer push down on the middle and make sure the juices are running clear. Meat thermometers are really inexpensive and handy for a lot of things... I highly recommend one.
Voila! Your loaf is done. And I hope delish too. Please leave a comment if you make this and let me know if you've modified the recipe.
Yields 6 servings, calories 184 a serving, total fat: 4g, Trans fat: 0, Sodium: 294mg, Sugars: 11g, Protein: 18g
Now enjoy the other "meatloaf"
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