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Skinny Turkey Meatloaf

skinny turkey meatloaf recipe

Let me just start out by saying that the pictures you are about to view in this post are not my best work. Here in Portland, Oregon…or where I reside, Oregon City, we’ve been hammered with tons of rain. Down it pours day and night. With the rain, comes cloudy, grey skies. Not the ideal situation for pictures, but there you have it.

Josh DOES NOT like meatloaf. It’s a texture thing for him. The only think he likes to see in my many loaf pans ( I have quite a few and I’m kind of obsessed with them) are actual loaves of bread. Like my Pumpkin Bread, Toffee and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, or my Banana Bread. (Which I was just requested to make). Do you think he might be trying to tell me something?

I, however, really like meatloaf. Surprisingly, the texture doesn’t bother me as much as all the meats you have to combine to make a great loaf. It’s always a pound of that and a pound of this. And I’m on a budget people. I don’t have the time or money to buy two different types of meat for one meal. That’s not what I call “stretching the buck.” This recipe, however, is wonderful. It calls for a pound of ground turkey breast, which I ALWAYS have in my freezer.

lite meatloaf

I made this dinner a few months ago in an attempt to win Josh over, and while he said, “Out of all the meatloafs I’ve eaten, this would be the best,” he still wasn’t completely won over. However, my little darling daughters were, and when Josh was gone last week in Spokane, this was a dinner that Grace requested I make.

But that didn’t happen. The day I was supposed to make this, my parents took me out for a HUGE lunch, and I ate way more food than I should have, coming home to a massive migraine. Luckily, the girls were full from their lunch, too, and so they had cereal for dinner and I didn’t eat anything else…except for some See’s chocolate I had in my nightstand drawer.

Poor Josh ended up having to eat this dinner anyway, and very good naturedly, I might add. Perhaps I’m winning him over? One can only hope.

Anyway, this dinner is easy. It takes only a few moments to prepare and then you pop it in the oven for an hour and you can do the dishes and sit down in your favorite chair and sneak a few moments of your favorite show, which is what I did. :) Oh, and you’ve gotta love that this dinner is low in calories. We got 7 servings out of this, which amounted to 180 calories per serving! Bam! With the calories you’re saving yourself with this dinner, you can go ahead and knock yourself out with a bowl of ice cream after! :)

lite turkey meatloaf

Skinny Turkey Meatloaf

Recipe by

A healthy version of a favorite homestyle dinner that’s loaded with so much flavor you’ll think you’re cheating on your diet.

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 1 hr

Total time: 1 hr 20 min

Yield: 4-7 servings


  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp ketchup (additional)
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used Italian-flavored)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp salt (adjust to taste)

Cooking Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons of ketchup and worcestershire sauce. Set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet, saute the the olive oil and onion until translucent…about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl combine the 1/4 cup ketchup, turkey, bread crumbs, egg, marjoram, onions, and salt and mix thoroughly with your hands, making sure all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. Pour the meat mixture into your loaf pan, roughly shaping into a loaf form. Spread the ketchup and worcestershire mixture over the top of the loaf.
  4. Put the loaf pan on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for one hour. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.


Tuesday 8th of October 2013

I love that you used turkey for this! I am not a huge meat lover, and would rather have a lighter meat like this than burger, in my meatloaf! ;)