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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

We love this turkey meatloaf recipe.  It's moist and delicious with the addition of the cottage cheese in the middle.  As I've mentioned before, we are trying some new foods in our house and this is a recipe I discovered in the back of my recipe binder the other day. 

It's from MPS, or Metabolic Profile System.  I used to make this when I was in the program.  I think it's going to be a "keeper" from now on!

Moist Turkey Meat Loaf
Serves 6

  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 large onion, finely chopped (about 2/3 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons minced, fresh lemon rind, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed, divided
  • 3 pieces whole wheat bread crumbs (easy to make your own - see below)
  • 1/2 cup 1% low fat cottage cheese (you can substitute an extra egg or broth)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or white wine
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or minced
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Coat a 9x5 inch loaf pan with  nonstick vegetable cooking spray and set aside.

Combine the ground turkey, onion, bread crumbs, egg, juice (or wine), olive oil, 1 teaspoon of thyme, garlic, 1 teaspoon of lemon rind, and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Mix well.  In another bowl combine the cottage cheese (or extra egg or chicken broth), remaining 1/4 teaspoon thyme, and remaining 1 teaspoon lemon rind.  Mix well.

Place half the turkey mixture in the bottom of the loaf pan and press out evenly.  Spoon the cottage cheese mixture on top of the turkey and spread evenly.  Cover with remaining turkey mixture.

Place meat loaf in a pre-heated oven and bake for one hour.  Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

**The original recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of minced, fresh lemon rind, but we found that we preferred the meatloaf without this ingredient.

Make Your Own Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs
I simply toast whole wheat bread until it is crispy (without burning).  Then, I tear the toast into smaller pieces and put the pieces into a blender.  Pulse a few times until you have crumbs.  It's so easy and much less expensive than purchasing the ready-made version.

I apologize for no photo with this recipe, but I am having a difficult time taking food photos that do the food item justice!  

Scripture Reading

As I feared, I have already been remiss in posting the scheduled Scripture readings, so here they are beginning from where we left off:
Day 4:  Job 1-5
Day 5:  Job 6-9
Day 6:  Job 10-13
Day 7:  Job 14-16