A food that is low in carbohydrates (carb) does not mean it has to be low in taste. With the right choice of ingredients you can cook a delicious, meatloaf that does not threaten your waistline.
Meatloaf became popular in America after the Industrial Revolution and since then, it has become an integral part of the American cuisine. This change is also because it is easy-to-cook and can be modified into large varieties.
As a result of the varying fillers and seasonings, it has become one of the favorite comfort foods of America. Although, traditional ground beef has been used to make meatloaves, ground turkey meatloaf recipes have also become popular now.
Classic Turkey Meatloaf
2 lb ground turkey meat (85-90 % lean)
1 cup, filler
¼ cup, finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon, dry mustard powder
1 teaspoon, dried sage
1 teaspoon, dried thyme
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon, black pepper
2 teaspoon, salt
2 tablespoons, Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup, water or milk
The Filler Fillers are important as only ground meat can be very dense and it would neither hold much juices. To solve this problem bread or oatmeal is added to the meatloaf. However, you can use low-carb bread crumbs.
Other low-carb fillers are oatmeal, crushed pork rinds, dried vegetables like onion, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, or green peppers. You can have your own choice of vegetables as per the flavor you want to give to your meatloaf.
Preheat the oven to about 350 ºF.
Mix all the ingredients well in a large bowl. Egg works as a binder in this recipe. If you are using vegetables as fillers, grate them.
Spread this mixture in a loaf pan and bake it for about an hour. A single large loaf pan would be good. Muffin cups could also be used instead of loaf pans. In case you are using muffin cups cook only for 15-20 minutes.
Turkey Meatloaf with Tomato Spinach Sauce
1 pound, ground turkey
8 tomatoes (chopped)
2 cups, spinach
1 cup, water
1/2 cup, couscous
3 tablespoons, olive oil
1 onion (sliced)
1 bell pepper (chopped)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
4 sprig thyme (leaves removed from stems)
4 sprig basil
1 teaspoon, chili powder
1/2 teaspoon, salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Rinse the couscous in water for 5-8 minutes.
For making the tomato sauce, onion should be sautéed in olive oil for 3 minutes. Add the chili powder, garlic, and bell pepper. Now, add the thyme and tomatoes, and allow it to simmer for 25 minutes.
Spread one cup of tomato sauce on to a baking sheet and let it cool. Continue simmering rest of the tomato sauce on low heat.
Once the sauce has cooled down, mix it with half the couscous. Then, add ground turkey and egg. For seasoning, add salt and pepper to taste and stir all these ingredients well.
Shape the mixture into a loaf and bake it in the oven for 1 hour at 350 ºF.
Just five minutes before the meatloaf is ready fold in the basil, spinach and rest of the couscous into the sauce.
Serve your tasty and healthy turkey meatloaf with tomato spinach sauce