April 25, 2012

Slimmed Down Turkey & Spinach Meatloaf

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Last week I share with you all my ultimate "nothing's in the house" dinner dish and I got such a great response that I wanted to share another house hold favorite that might have a few extra ingredients but I assure you that most of what you need is likely in your pantry. Dishes with great ingredients, fresh and blended together can make a fabulous dinner for you and your family.
I am not the biggest fan of meatloaf either because when I used to eat it when I was younger it was dryer than I remember or I just never had a palate for the taste and would drench my plate in ketchup pretending it was a juicy burger. 
Either way, I never thought to make meatloaf until a few years ago when the boy and I were in need of a simple throw together meal and he started in with his add this and that meatloaf. I smiled and politely let him go on cooking without mentioning that meatloaf was never really something I enjoyed... and I am glad that I did.

Meatloaf is delicious and packed with so many flavors, clearly I had been missing out. Over time we have toyed with and tried different varieties and flavors and recently I searched out a truly  healthier version that brought the tradition of the dish but without all the heavy ingredients. Wouldn't you guess that one of my favorite cooking networks would carry the most amazing recipe.
After making this meatloaf and devouring the beautiful green slices, we still had plenty for leftovers for lunches. Let me tell you, I had the office kitchen buzzing over this meatloaf. One co-worker said immediately that she was making it for dinner that night and texted me {that night} that her family LOVED it. No loft overs in her house, but then again she has a house of five and were just an itty bitty home of two.
This dinner was delicious and so easy to put together. The turkey meat over beef leans out a lot of calories and high rich fats but if you decide to go with beef make sure you choose bison as it can be just as lean and low in fat at turkey. The salsa over the meatloaf is also a game changer. Without the salsa the meatloaf is good, but with the salsa it's excellent.

Make a healthy meal for your family tonight and let me know what they think.
Slimmed Down Turkey & Spinach Meatloaf
Yield: 6 servings

2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, smashed
2 jalapeños, chopped
2 (10-ounce) packages frozen spinach, thawed and excess water squeezed out
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 cup, 1% milk
1 large egg
1 egg white
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
3 tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb ground lean turkey
4 plum tomatoes
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat, add the onions, jalapeños and garlic and cook stirring occasionally until soft and brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a food processor, along with the spinach, oats, crumbs, milk, egg, egg white, worcestershire, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Pulse until everything is finely chopped and evenly mixed together.

Use a rubber spatula to transfer spinach mixture a bowl. Add the turkey, and stir everything together. Transfer meatloaf mixture to a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan (1 1/2 quarts) and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove loaf from oven, let rest for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop the tomatoes and toss with the olive oil, salt and parsley. Slice meatloaf and serve with the tomato salad.

Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño 
Recipe adopted by Food Network



Angie's Recipes said...

Looks so colourful and tasty!

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

My mom made a turkey meatloaf growing up with oats in it like this. Yours looks even healthier and fresh tasting with all of that spinach! The salsa also looks like a major improvement over the ketchup I used to drizzle over it.

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

I love this lightened up meatloaf!

Pegasuslegend said...

WOW I will bet this was fabulous as it looks!

laura k said...

I made something really similar for dinner recently, but used bulgur instead of oats, and added some carrots. I love your addition of Worcestershire sauce. You can check out my version if you'd like on my blog.

Cassie/Bake Your Day said...

What a great combo of flavors! I love meatloaf and I love adding spinach to turkey burgers. This is just perfect!

Lizzy said...

I adore meatloaf...and would love to try your light and healthier version. It looks delightful~