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Taco Turkey Meatloaf

This is one of my favorite recipes just because of how easy it is.  Just mix some stuff together and toss it in the microwave.  I was lucky enough this time around to test it out on a couple of our closest friends.  They loved it, which is saying something because one of them doesn’t like turkey meat too much.  Kind of like the Cheddar Ranch Burgers from a couple of weeks ago, this has so much flavor in it that you don’t realize that it’s ground turkey.  I like to use the Deep Covered Baker for stuff like this in the microwave because it has a lid and it’s microwave safe, but you can use anything that is microwave safe and just use plastic wrap to cover it.  You can also make it in the oven, it just takes a bit longer but then you can use any pan you have.

 Ingredients

1 pound ground turkey
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

Combine the ground turkey, peppers, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, taco seasoning, lemon juice, chili powder and garlic powder together in a large bowl until well mixed.  In a microwave safe glass or stoneware container, form the meat mixture into a loaf shape.  Loosely cover with a lid or plastic wrap and microwave for 15 – 17 minutes.  Top with the salsa and cheese, microwave for another 3 – 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and a meat thermometer registers 160 degrees.

To use the oven instead of the microwave, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake the meatloaf for 30 – 35 minutes.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 242.8
Total Fat: 4.8 g
Cholesterol: 55.0 mg
Sodium: 928.6 mg
Total Carbs: 16.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g
Protein: 31.8 g

Bacon and Cheese Meatloaf

My husband doesn’t normally like meatloaf, but add bacon and cheese and he actually starts requesting it.  You could use turkey bacon if you wanted, just make sure you check the labels.  Depending on your dietary requirements, regular bacon might be more what you are looking for.  The brands I compared had higher sodium contents than regular bacon.  I prefer to get the center cut because it seems to have less fat on it, but the beauty of cooking yourself is you can use whatever you want.  A lot of times I’ll cook up something and do half of it with extra cheese or bacon for him (like the slice below) and put less on the other half for me.  Simple little things like that really help when trying to accommodate two different diets.  I usually serve this with some steamed broccoli (buttered for him and plain for me) and maybe dinner rolls.

Ingredients
3 minced cloves garlic
3 diced plum tomatoes
1 diced jalapeno pepper (leave in seeds for a hotter taste)
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 pound ground turkey
1/4 cup barbecue sauce plus two tablespoons
1/2 cup chopped onions
6 slices centercut bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Combine the diced tomatoes, jalapeno, garlic, breadcrumbs, ground turkey and 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce in a large bowl.
In a saute pan, cook the bacon and onions until the bacon is crispy.  Drain well on paper towels.
Line a bread pan with foil.  Put half of the meat mixture in the bottom of the pan, creating a depression running down the center of the loaf.  Fill the depression with the bacon mixture and half of the cheese.  Cover with the remaining meat mixture, ensuring that the bacon and cheese are sealed in.
Bake covered for 30 minutes.  Top with the remaining barbecue sauce and cheese, bake for another five minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Microwave Directions
Follow the directions above, except put the meatloaf in a microwave safe container. Loosely cover with a lid or plastic wrap and microwave for 15 – 17 minutes. Top with the barbecue sauce and cheese, microwave for another 3 – 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 393.0
Total Fat: 15.0 g
Cholesterol: 97.5 mg
Sodium: 851.0 mg
Total Carbs: 31.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.5 g
Protein: 33.5 g