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Man Made Meals: Tasty Turkey Meatloaf

Posted May 06 2010 6:12am

Here is a great alternative to using ground beef in your meatloaf that is not only healthy but damn tasty!

Even though your mother may have made Meatloaf a weekly staple at your dinner table growing up, it’s doesn’t mean you have to follow her old fashion secret recipe.

(Pssst…she probably used the recipe off the back of onion soup mix;-)

A lot of people use onion soup mix in dips, burgers and meatloaf to enhance the flavor. It might give it flavor, but it’s ARTIFICIAL flavor, not too mention the terrible gas it will give you when all those dried onion bits and chemicals explode in your stomach…trust me on this one.

Just take a look at all the artificial ingredients in a pack of onion soup mix!

Onions (deyhydrated), salt, cornstarch, onion powder, sugar, corn syrup, hydrolyzed soy protein, caramel color, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, monosodium glutamate, yeast extract, natural flavors, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate.

So follow recipes like this Tasty Turkey Meatloaf that uses natural ingredients for flavor to cover your health and hunger.

Meatloaf can definitely be a man made meal as it’s super simple to prepare and is great to make ahead of time for busy dads and when the whole family comes home starving and hits the kitchen like contestants voted off The Biggest Loser…

This recipe is full of big meaty flavor and is a deeply satisfying meal that is high in lean protein to build those biceps , not balloon your belly…

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tsp of bottled basil pesto
  • 4 button mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
  • 2 pounds of ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup of skim milk
  • 1/2 cup of instant oatmeal
  • 2 omega 3 enriched eggs
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite tomato sauce
  • A few dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Preheat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, and then add the oil and onions. Sauté them until they are golden brown. Add the mushrooms and continue sautéing until all the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms have lightly browned. Add the pesto and mix with the mushrooms and onions.

3. In a large bowl mix together the turkey, milk, oatmeal, eggs, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, oregano and mushroom mixture.  Season well with salt and pepper. Press the mixture into a loaf pan, and bake until lightly browned on top and firm, about 1 hour.

* Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes to make it easy to slice.

Serve with some broiled asparagus sprinkled with olive oil, Parmesan cheese , salt and pepper and you got a dynamite dinner done by dad!

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