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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...

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  1. 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

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    1. re: laylag

      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.

    2. I use a cup of oatmeal as a binder... it works great and is delicious. A great tip from my Grandmother....

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      1. re: katiepie

        yes, oatmeal in a meatloaf...great spongy texture

        use instant oatmeal

      2. I really like the turkey meatloaf from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. It is currently on the Food Network website as well.

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        1. re: mi2ca2mi

          I second the rec for Ina's turkey meatloaf. It's sensational.

          1. re: SarahEats

            I'll third Barefoot Contessa's turkey meatloaf. It's tastes amazing and it seems impossible to screw up the recipe (my husband tends to add double the amount of Worcestershire sauce that's called for). It's here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip... until whenever...

        2. 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.

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          1. re: TorontoJo

            The Epicurious Turkey Meatloaf Recipe posted by Toronto Jo is terriffic. I use Ground Turkey Breast for this recipe and it turns out great -- I increase the amount of liquids (i.e. ketchup, milk) so the meatloaf stays moist..

          2. That really does sound good. I like the roasted red pepper tomato sauce recipe it comes with, too. I'll give this a try soon.

            1. Lidia in Lidia's Family Table has a great recipe for Turkey Meatballs with Raisins and Pine Nuts. I have used the exact same recipe and turned it into Meatloaf. You can use any recipe and just substitute whole wheat bread for the white bread.

              1. (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
                one egg
                worcestershire sauce
                (barbecue sauce
                hoisin sauce
                soy sauce
                truffle oil).

                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.


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                1. re: chartreusevelour

                  Mmmmm... Thanks for posting this; can't wait to try it! Just a note -- if you really want to make this veg-friendly, be sure to get some veg worcestershire sauce (can be found at any co-op or health food store) -- regular has anchovies.

                2. 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 egg
                  1 cup crushed triscuits (these are whole wheat)
                  barbecue sauce
                  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.

                  1. 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.

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                    1. re: wyf4lyf

                      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.

                      1. 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!

                        1. do you like mexican style food? I make mexican meatloaves which can be made with turkey instead of beef I'm sure.

                          1. 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 ;)

                            1. 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.

                              1. 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.

                                1. Turkey breast, Lipton's Onion Soup mix, chopped white onions, mushrooms, ketchup, egg whites, and either a little oatmel or brown rice as a binding agent if necessary (sometimes we just leave it out).

                                  1. Thanks everyone for the great ideas!

                                    1. Ina Gartens meatloaf is great...calls for 5lbs of meat, I used 2.5 lbs of ground chicken & 2.5 pounds of shredded onions, mushrooms and zucinni...tastes great, very moise, use more chilli paste on top then you thonk you need....I actually drill holes and fill them up...

                                      1. 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.