ISO best turkey or vegetarian meatloaf recipes
I am off beef and pork for the forseeable future and would love some really great ground turkey or vegetarian meatloaf recipes. Any starch in the loaves need to be whole grain; no corn, either. (*sigh*) Hoping to find something tasty!! Thanks...
An old Weight Watcher recipe called "Family Meat Loaf" touted a secret ingredient that was surprisingly delcious: cauliflower! The proportions were 4 cups of frozen cauliflower ( that had been boiled, drained, and chopped fine -or leftover, fresh, cooked cauliflower would do -) per 1.5 lbs. of ground meat. The recipe called for veal, but of course, lean ground turkey would be fine. The cauliflower takes the place of the bread crumbs or oats or whatever other starchy filler called for in your recipe.
I won't bother listing all the other ingredients, because you can simply use the proportions to doctor your meatloaf recipe. The amazing thing is that you do not taste cauliflower, you taste the meat. It is very moist and low cal, low fat, low carb. You might want to add a handful of wheat bran, ground flax seeds, etc., if you want to boost the fiber content.
I can't resist linking to the recipe for "Neatloaf" that I finally found. This recipe is said to be the one served at Ananda Fuara vegetarian restaurant and everyone raves about it. I've seen requests for this recipe all over the net for years and years. I've not made it but I'm keeping it on file. It may give you some guidance even if it has ingredients you can't eat. I don't think you will have much success in meatloaf without using bread or cracker meal to lighten it up. I'd make my own crumbs out of whole wheat bread.
You can use grated cheese (the scary canned stuff) in place of bread crumbs, although it isn't a perfect substitute. I like to grate zucchini in my turkey meatloaf and lots of chopped onion too. I also always put in some Newman's mushroom marinara sauce to give it lots of zing. A couple of eggs, some rosemary, a little milk (skim fine) and you're set.
I've been making various permutations of turkey meatloaf all winter.
For 1lb of ground turkey (i use the lean/white meat), I add some/all/a mix of the following:
1tbs panko (but i bet you could find whole wheat at Whole Foods)
2 shakes of Worcestershire Sauce if i have it, if not maybe 1/2tsp soy sauce
about 1in cube of feta, crumbled
If i have it on hand: a few good pinches of fresh cilantro, mint, basil. i'll use dried if necessary. I make these as turkey burgers in summer and so use the herbs from the garden...
1/3 med onion, finely chopped
cardamom, ginger, mustard, turmeric or curry, cumin, fresh-ground pepper. All to taste.
Depending on the spices you use, this can end up tasting more like, say, turkey kofte, than turkey meatloaf...but I like this recipe and it's always been warmly reviewed by friends ;)
The soy 'gimme lean' meatloaf is a good one. Also, in case you aren't familiar, you can get TVP (texturized vegetable protein) either frozen by such companies as Morningstar Farms (kellog's) or Boca, it's usually called "crumbles" or something like that. Or you can buy it dehydrated in bulk at health food type stores and rehydrate w/ boiling water or stock. It makes a great substitute for ground meat in things like tacos, nachos, chili, macaroni & beef, etc. Hope the diet helps with your arthritis!
Great ideas, everyone! I love the crushed Triscuit idea; please give me whole recipe when you have the chance. I have to stop eating red meat due to rheumatoid arthritis, so it's all chicken, turkey and fish for me for the foreseeable future. I also need to watch the sugar intake, so would probably opt to leave out BBQ sauce.
1/2 lb ground sirloin
1/2 lb ground turkey
2 eggs (i used only 1 and it worked fine)
3/4 cup diced onion
1 cup crushed triscuits
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 cup barbecue sauce (i used low carb/low sugar sauce and it worked fine too)
mix the turkey and beef (the sirloin is low fat so healthy but in your case maybe just go all turkey). add the egg(s). mix in the remaining ingredients. form into loaf in casserole. top with a little extra bbq sauce if desired. cook at 350 F for 1 hour. make sure meat gets to 160 F (it should do that easily). i served it with ketchup because that's how i like it. also this last time i made it i added a couple tsp worcestershire sauce and that seemed to taste good. makes 4 servings, 366 calories per, 32 grams protein, 31g carb, 13g fat, 3g fiber.
are you just trying to be healthy? because men's health had a really good recipe for meatloaf that was half turkey and half ground sirloin. i don't have the recipe here but it was something like:
1/2 lb ground turkey
1/2 lb ground sirloin
1 cup crushed triscuits (these are whole wheat)
and probably some onion but i can't remember
i'll look up the recipe later if you're interested, let me know. it turned out good enough that i'm going to make it again tonight or tomorrow.
(the ingredients in parentheses are optional, but as many as you add the better.)
first get a package of gimme lean--ground beef style, which is extremely low in calories and has NO fat in it, out of the fridge so it starts warming and softening up. (it comes in a package like sausage and you can find it in a lot of grocery stores now.)
sautee some onions (celery, mushrooms, garlic) that have been minced pretty fine--otherwise the loaf will fall apart when served--in some olive oil. let cool while you do the other stuff.
grease a bread pan or something like one--your hands will be all dirty later which makes it difficult to do it then.
put into a bowl:
one package of gimme lean
one cup of bread crumbs
mix everything--including the cooled veggies--together with your hands--take off your rings first. squeeze and let the mixture squirt through your fingers repeatedly. it's the only way to really get it all blended since the gimme lean is pretty dense.
shape into a loaf and put in pan.
bake at 400 for an hour.
I feel like I'm shilling for this epicurious recipe, but it really is delicious. I usually up the amount of mushrooms and other veggies a bit. And I use whole wheat bread for the crumbs.
I also usually use beef and pork, but it is delicious with just turkey.
I don't do anything different when making turkey meatloaf vs. beef/veal/pork so any recipe for those should do. There was a great meatloaf thread a while back with a ton of recipes. One caveat - if you use the extra lean, all white meat turkey, add some additional moisture to make up for the lack of fat. I always use a lot of veggies in mine - onion, celery, carrot, mushrooms, peppers - whatever takes me that day or is in the house which adds good moisture. As for whole grain starch, I'd say just make some breadcrumbs out of whole grain bread to substitute for whatever other bread is in any of the recipes and... voila. I don't know if that helps you and I can't be of any assistance with a veggie version
I tried this the other day (using a regular meatloaf recipe instead of a special 'turkey' recipe). I used Paul Prudhomme's meatloaf as inspiration and it turned out pretty well -- next time I'll definitely add another egg, though, since I did use extra lean turkey and it was a little dry.
The big changes I made were adding a cup of chopped carrot and mushrooms to the other veggies, using a teaspoon of olive oil instead of the four tablespoons of butter, and using one pound turkey, one pound chicken instead of beef and pork. Oh, and I had no ketchup, so I used Stubbs BBQ sauce instead. And no cayenne (couldn't find it, anyway) so I used three teaspoons Northwoods Fire and a couple of bay leaves in place of the other spices.
Definitely cook it for a shorter time than originally given (I used the cook times from the Epicurious turkey meatloaf and it was still somewhat dry; could have gotten away with at least twenty minutes less).
It absolutely did not taste like either meatloaf or diet food; it was just a really nice, delicious way to enjoy ground turkey and chicken.