Easy Breadless Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

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Easy Turkey Meatloaf: I’m passionate about food and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and I believe in creating nutritious dishes that are as delicious as they are wholesome. Today, I’m excited to share a simple, hearty, and mouth-watering turkey meatloaf recipe that’s not only heart-healthy but also Keto-friendly.

Meatloaf is a beloved classic, and I’ve given it a fresh twist with exciting Mediterranean flavors. The combination of basil, parsley, and Aleppo pepper (or black pepper, if you prefer) enhances the juiciness of the ground turkey. Plus, we’ve replaced breadcrumbs with walnut meal for a meatier, protein-packed main dish. Let’s dive into this easy and flavorful recipe!

Turkey Meatloaf Main Ingredients

  • Ground Turkey (White, Red, or a Combination): The star of the show, ground turkey serves as the lean and protein-rich base for this meatloaf. You can use white, red, or a combination of both based on your preference.
  • Walnuts: Walnuts play a crucial role in this recipe, replacing traditional breadcrumbs. They not only add a hearty texture but also contribute extra protein, making this meatloaf a nutritious choice.
  • Carrots, Sweet Onion, and Jalapeño: This trio of ingredients provides a delightful mix of flavors and textures. Carrots add a hint of sweetness, while sweet onion and jalapeño bring depth and a touch of heat to the meatloaf.
  • Parsley and Basil: Fresh parsley and basil infuse the meatloaf with vibrant Mediterranean flavors. They add a burst of freshness and a fragrant herbaceousness to the dish.
  • Aleppo Pepper and Cumin: Aleppo pepper and cumin are the spice stars of this meatloaf, imparting a mild, smoky heat and earthy warmth, respectively. They enhance the overall flavor profile with a Mediterranean twist.
  • Tomato Paste and Worcestershire Sauce: Tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce add depth and umami richness to the meatloaf. They bring a savory, slightly tangy note that complements the other ingredients perfectly.

How Do I Know When My Turkey Meatloaf is Done?

  • Use a Reliable Cooking Thermometer: Investing in a reliable cooking thermometer is the most accurate way to determine the doneness of your turkey meatloaf. Ensure that the thermometer is properly calibrated.
  • Check the Temperature: As you approach the end of the cooking time, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meatloaf. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit for safe consumption.
  • Avoid Overcooking: Once the meatloaf reaches the recommended temperature, remove it from the oven promptly. Overcooking can lead to dryness, so there’s no need to leave it in the oven beyond this point.

What Should I Serve with Meatloaf?

  • Mashed Potatoes: Traditional mashed potatoes are a classic and comforting choice to accompany turkey meatloaf. Alternatively, you can make mashed cauliflower for a lower-carb option.
  • Oven-Roasted Vegetables: Roasted vegetables like broccoli, carrots, or green beans are fantastic side dishes. They provide a delightful contrast in texture and taste to the meatloaf.
  • Sweet Potatoes: Whether mashed, roasted, or baked, sweet potatoes offer a sweet and savory combination that pairs beautifully with the savory flavors of the meatloaf.

This format simplifies the presentation and makes it easier for readers to quickly identify the side dish options.

How to Make Easy Breadless Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Preparation

1.
Preheat the oven to 375F. Add the walnuts to a food processor. Hit pulse a few times until the nuts are coarsely chopped. Add the parsley and basil and continue pulsing until finely chopped. Remove the nut mixture and set it aside.
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2.
Add the garlic to the food processor and pulse. Next, incorporate the carrot sticks and onion chunks and keep pulsing. If desired, add the jalapeno pepper. Remove excess water from the onion mixture via a strainer or paper towel.
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3.
Heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the onion mixture and sauté it for two minutes. Add ½ teaspoon of salt and continue to sauté until lightly browned.
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4.
Remove the onion mixture from the heat and allow it to cool before mixing it with the walnut mixture. Blend together well.
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5.
Combine the ground turkey with the walnut and onion mixture in a large bowl. Add salt, Aleppo pepper, and cumin. Incorporate the mix thoroughly.
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6.
Pack the meat into a 9x5 loaf pan. Whisk the tomato paste with one tablespoon of olive oil, Worcester sauce, and pine nuts in a small bowl and brush the mixture on top of the turkey loaf.
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7.
Bake the loaf uncovered for 20 minutes before covering it with foil and continuing to bake for another 50 minutes. Bring to rest for 10 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature, and enjoy!
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Ingredients:

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1 ½ cups walnuts
¾ cup Italian parsley leaves
½ cup fresh basil leaves
6 garlic cloves
2 carrots (peeled and cut into semi-small sticks)
1 large sweet onion (cut down into large chunks)
1 small seedless jalapeno (optional)
4 tablespoons olive oil (divided 3 and 1)
2 lbs. 6 oz ground turkey
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1 ½ tablespoon tomato paste
2 oz pine nuts (lightly toasted and coarsely ground)
2 tablespoon Worcester sauce

Preparation

1
Preheat the oven to 375F. Add the walnuts to a food processor. Hit pulse a few times until the nuts are coarsely chopped. Add the parsley and basil and continue pulsing until finely chopped. Remove the nut mixture and set it aside.
2
Add the garlic to the food processor and pulse. Next, incorporate the carrot sticks and onion chunks and keep pulsing. If desired, add the jalapeno pepper. Remove excess water from the onion mixture via a strainer or paper towel.
3
Heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the onion mixture and sauté it for two minutes. Add ½ teaspoon of salt and continue to sauté until lightly browned.
4
Remove the onion mixture from the heat and allow it to cool before mixing it with the walnut mixture. Blend together well.
5
Combine the ground turkey with the walnut and onion mixture in a large bowl. Add salt, Aleppo pepper, and cumin. Incorporate the mix thoroughly.
6
Pack the meat into a 9x5 loaf pan. Whisk the tomato paste with one tablespoon of olive oil, Worcester sauce, and pine nuts in a small bowl and brush the mixture on top of the turkey loaf.
7
Bake the loaf uncovered for 20 minutes before covering it with foil and continuing to bake for another 50 minutes. Bring to rest for 10 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature, and enjoy!

Recipe Tips & Suggestions

Can Turkey Meatloaf Be Frozen?

Yes! I understand how busy life can get, so I love introducing recipes that can be prepared and frozen for a fast meal later. Could you wrap the meatloaf in plastic wrap and place it in a sealed, freezer-safe container? From here, it should keep for 2-3 months. If you have eaten some turkey loaves and want to save the leftovers in the fridge, it will be safe to reheat and eat for 4-5 days. 

Nutrition Information

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