How to make a low-fat, low-salt turkey meatloaf

A two-pound loaf cooks down a bit, but it makes at least two meals for my wife and I. If you can get by with a quarter-pound slice a meal, it will last you longer.

I’ve alluded in several posts here to the turkey meatloaf which has become a staple of my low-fat, low-salt diet these days. I find it simple to make and tasty too. Plus, if you make a big one, you can have it ready for additional meals when you need something that is quick to make for dinner during the week.

All the ingredients you'll need for your turkey meatloaf.
All the ingredients you’ll need for your turkey meatloaf.

Here’s a handy step-by-step guide to creating it.

Start with two pounds of lean ground turkey. Be sure to get the lean variety, some ground turkey can be high in fat because it includes dark meat along with the white. The type I buy is all white meat and has 8 grams of fat per four-ounce.

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Put it in a bowl and hollow it out a bit so you can add the other ingredients. Pour in three tablespoons of egg white which will help bind it all together. Add panko, low-salt breadcrumbs, anywhere from a quarter to half a cup, or more, depending on your taste. The more breadcrumbs, the more substantial it will taste.

Next, add Italian spices for flavor along with reduced fat Parmesan cheese to your taste for some cheese flavoring.

Add breadcrumbs, spices and cheese.
Add breadcrumbs, spices and cheese.

Mix it and form into a loaf to put in a  meatloaf pan. I have one with a removable tray that makes it easy to take the finished product out for serving. Whatever kind you have, spray it with canola or olive oil to avoid the meat sticking to the pan while it cooks.

Your turkey meatloaf ready to cook
Your turkey meatloaf ready to cook

Put in a 350-degree oven for at least an hour cooking time. Check it at an hour to see if it looks done.

A two-pound loaf cooks down a bit, but it makes at least two meals for my wife and I. If you can get by with a quarter-pound slice a meal, it will last you longer. Heating leftovers during the week is a simple matter of slicing off what you want and popping it in a microwave for a minute or two.

Garnish with a low-salt ketchup of your choice and you have a great-tasting, low-fat, low-salt meal to enjoy.

John

 

 

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