What it is, jive turkeys! I’m baaaaack! I missed my December OPL guest post & was on a Caribbean cruise during last month’s Paleo Pomegranate-Ginger Sticky Wings guest post. Now, I’m back and it’s time to party. If you’ve never made turkey meatloaf before, I can guarantee you’re missing out. This veggie-packed paleo turkey meatloaf recipe is one of my absolute favorite meals, right next to Chicken Pot Pie and Sweet & Smoky Salmon. I’ve heard several times “isn’t turkey meatloaf super dry?” HELL, NO! I actually prefer it over your standard beef meatloaf!
To be honest I was never even a meatloaf lover growing up. My mom’s meatloaf was good, but, she put so little ketchup on top that I didn’t really realize what I was missing out on, until I made meatloaf for myself as a teenager. The first time I made meatloaf, I decided to use ground turkey. I was eating strictly organic food and could only afford organic ground turkey instead of organic grass-fed ground beef. #imcheapokay #dontjudgeme #brokeasajoke. I decided to spread the ketchup evenly over top the entire loaf (you know, the way it should be) rather than my mother’s very skinny, zig-zag, straight-out-of-the-squirt-
All my other meatloaf connoisseurs should know that the sweet, baked ketchup topping is the best part – even my picky boyfriend agrees. Ever since that day, I’ve vowed to never, ever, ever skimp or be stingy on the ketchup topping, again. MOTHER, WHY HAVE YOU BETRAYED ME. All of those years I was just barely enjoying meatloaf, while I could’ve been straight-up lovin’ it. Meatloaf was my JAM and I didn’t even know it. Meatloaf + Me were meant to be.
So, here today, I present to you: Mini Turkey Meatloaves/Meatloaf! You can obviously make it in a standard-sized loaf pan, a 4×8 loaf pan OR as mini meatloaves… I personally think minis are the most logical answer as they’re the most fun! Plus, anything in individual, miniature servings is #cuteasabutton. I think the, uhhhhh… entire rest of the world would agree. 😀 So, what are you waiting for?! Make these veggie-packed Paleo Mini Turkey Meatloaves tonight and you won’t be sorry. (p.s. They’re my absolute FAVORITE leftovers!)
- 1 tbsp ghee/bacon fat/olive oil
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 3 cloves garlic, minced/grated
- 1/2 tsp each of fresh herbs, use any combination of fresh/dried rosemary, basil, thyme, oregano, or sage, chopped OR 1/4 tsp each of dried herbs
- 1/3 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh baby spinach/baby kale, optional
- 1/4 cup diced carrot
- 1/4 cup diced celery
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp worcestershire
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup homemade paleo ketchup
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with lightly greased aluminum foil.
- Heat a skillet over med-high heat. Saute diced carrots for 3 mins. Add celery & onion and saute another 5 mins.
- Add baby spinach/baby kale, tomato paste, worcestershire, broth, garlic, herbs, salt & pepper.
- Saute another 1-2 mins until liquid has mostly evaporated, remove from heat and set aside.
- Place ground turkey in a large mixing bowl. Add egg, almond flour, and sauteed veggie mixture and gently mix. (I use my hands for this.)
- Lightly grease a 1/3 cup measuring cup and evenly pack meatloaf mixture into measuring cup. Flip onto greased-foil baking sheet and repeat until you have 8 mini meatloaves.
- Gently flatten the tops and spoon 1-1/2 to 2 tsp homemade paleo ketchup on top of each mini turkey meatloaf.
- Bake for about 30 mins at 350°F or until meat thermometer inserted in center of mini meatloaf reads 165°F. ENJOY!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 meatloaf
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 324mgCarbohydrates: 6gSugar: 3gProtein: 15g
Nutrition is calculated by a third party and may not be 100% accurate