Mom’s Turkey Meatloaf


I’ve been a member of The Good Cook book club for a little while now and recently received a letter that I needed to fulfill my obligation for membership and purchase one more cookbook. I hadn’t really thought about a new cookbook for awhile so I was at a loss. I wanted a healthy cookbook, since a lot of my recent purchases have not been. I started by searching on and found that Ellie Krieger’s  new book, The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life, was very popular with great reviews. Ellie Krieger hosts Healthy Appetite on the Food Network. I’ve actually never even watched the show but checked out some of her recipes online and decided this was the book for me.

The cookbook has turned out to be a great resource so far. It’s jam packed with waist-friendly recipes that sound delicious. I’ve made a few so far and each one has turned out fantastic. The first one I made was Ellie’s Mom’s Turkey Meatloaf. This meatloaf used ground turkey and rolled oats as a binding ingredient. Some of the other ingredients included that were not typical to a meatloaf recipe (or at least the ones I’ve made) were red peppers and Worcestershire sauce. The only alteration I made to the recipe was not including the onions on top. I did include them in the meatloaf.

The results were a great tasting and very flavorful turkey meatloaf. I loved this recipe and plan on using it again in the future. Stay tuned for more reviews from Ellie Krieger’s cookbook in the near future!

Overall rating: 4.5 stars

Mom’s Turkey Meatloaf

Copyright, 2005, Ellie Krieger, All rights reserved

3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1 medium onion, peeled
2 pounds ground turkey breast
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, stir together the oats and milk. Thinly slice 1/4 of the onion and set aside. Finely chop the remaining onion. In a large bowl combine the turkey, oat mixture, chopped onion, bell pepper, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt and a few grinds of pepper. Mix just until well combined. Transfer the mixture to a 9 by 13-inch baking dish and shape into a loaf about 5 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches high. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatloaf and sprinkle with the sliced onions. Bake for about 1 hour or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees F.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Information

Nutritional Analysis per Serving Calories: 205
Total Fat: 3.5 Saturated Fat: 0.5
Protein: 32 Carbohydrates: 13 grams
Fiber: 2 grams  



  1. Ground turkey breast is the best! We use it in place of ground beef when we make tacos. Very tasty and much lower in fat!

  2. foodiedani said

    I use ground turkey all the time. Such a healthier alternative, though I do admit, sometimes I crave ground beef!

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  4. melissa said

    that looks really, really good dani. I proposed to steve the idea of using ground turkey in place of ground beef for many recipes, as I have seen home cook and many others do and he was surprisingly receptive. I will try this one for sure!!

  5. foodiedani said

    Thanks Melissa! Wow, he’s broadening his horizons 🙂 Not all ground turkey recipes are good, but this was a keeper for sure!


  6. Squirt said

    I am not a fan of meatloaf, but your other food looks delicious! ^^ Awesome blog!

  7. Mama Kelly said

    I make a few different meatloaves as it is a main dish we all like. I do not often use quick oats though as I grew up with my mom always using breadcrumbs instead.

  8. foodiedani said

    Squirt – love the name. Thanks for the compliment! I hope you try some of the non-meatloaf recipes!

    Mama Kelly – I’m with you. I always used breadcrumbs in my meatloaves, just like my mom did. I would say only recently in the last few months have I used oats only because the recipe called for it. But when I make my traditional (using onion soup mix) I most definitely will use breadcrumbs.


  9. Sara said

    I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner for my boyfriend Friday night, well I am so trying this recipe!! He is very health conscious, so i think this would be perfect!


  10. foodiedani said

    Hey Sara!

    You should make this with some roasted vegetables. Take a look at Black Coffee & Bourbon’s site. He just posted a recipe for roasted vegetables at:


  11. Nick said

    I made this dish recently as well. Turkey breast comes in 20 oz packages here so I wound up making about 25% more, which turned out to be like 14 meals worth of turkey meatloaf. It was incredibly tender and moist though, I highly recommend this to anyone! Be sure to drown it in turkey gravy. Works great with some baked sweet potatoes fries on the side =).

    By the way, I like your blog Dani. I’m working on adding a blogroll to my site soon when I update it and I’ll be sure to add yours! I noticed you already added mine, thanks!

    The Peanut Butter Boy

  12. foodiedani said

    Hey Nick,

    Isn’t turkey meatloaf great!? I’ll have to try it with some sweet potato fries as you suggest.

    And thanks for the compliment! I obviously like yours since I added it to the blogroll. Big PB fan here. Thanks for adding me to the blogroll!


  13. Sara said

    Hey, I made this for dinner last night, and it was fantastic!!! I loved it……..I roasted some asparagus with it, and it was a great light meal.

  14. foodiedani said

    Hey there Sara,

    So glad to hear you tried this out! Great isn’t it? You should start your own food blog! lol…


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