I don't always need a bun when eating a hamburger. I do only because, it's just how you eat a burger. People tend to look at me weird if I eat a burger without a bun. I get comments like "Oh, low carbing it today, huh". Well, for the most part, I just prefer burgers that way.
I think that's why I like meatloaf so much. It's similar to burgers but doesn't require a bun nor does anyone look at you funny for eating it.
I got this recipe from Robyn from Penny Pinching Provisions. She says she likes to puree the vegetables and hide them in there. Well, no need to puree here so I just sauteed a whole bunch of veggies and stuck them in there. Everybody loved it!
I do think that we are more of a BBQ fan so we like the Barbecue sauce type of topping better but if you're a ketchup fan, this is good. I think I would put a bit more spice in it next time too, just to take it up a notch! It was good though!
I've made meatloaf with oatmeal before and it really is the best. It makes the meatloaf hold together better and it's healthier!!
This was part of my ground turkey freezer cooking day. This recipe makes 2 meatloafs. You can put these into regular loaf pans or 8 x 8's. I actually like the 8 x 8 size better, it tends to cook better.
Saucy Veggie Meatloaf
Adapted from Penny Pinching Provisions
3 lbs. ground turkey
1/4 cup ketchup + 2 tbsp.
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. pepper
1 cup onion
1 cup zucchini
1 cup red pepper
1/2 cup carrot
2 1/2 cup oats
1 1/4 cup milk, 1%
Topping for one meatloaf (double if cooking both loaves at once)
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. spicy brown mustard or mustard
Chop all veggies very finely. Saute for about 7 - 8 minutes. Cool slightly. Mix ground turkey, ketchup, spices, egg, oats and milk together. Add veggie mixure and mix until evenly distributed. Separate into 2 loaf pans or 2 - 8 x 8 pans. Bake one at 350 for about 1 hour. Add topping, bake for another 15 minutes. If you are freezing one of them, cover with aluminum foil, label and put in freezer. I like to put the directions on a note card and put the topping ingredients to make after it's pulled out of the freezer. 6 servings per meatloaf.
Total calories for both meatloafs = 3598 calories
12 servings = 300 calories per serving.
Saucy Veggie Meatloaf + small baked potato with sour cream + green beans = 500 calorie dinner
More meatloaf recipes you might enjoy!
Quinoa Meatloaf Muffins
Spinach and Lentil Meatloaf
Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.