Alright I’ve decided to let you in on a little secret here. This is Ankhjii’s favourite comfort food. My famous meat loaf – made out of turkey so we can keep it healthy! I’ll be honest here, the list of ingredients changes frequently based on what we have in the cabinet and fridge – it’s so simple. Mix a bunch of stuff together, cook, done. Substitute anything you like really. As long as you start with three pounds of turkey the cooking time stays pretty stable. Check it out!

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of ground turkey (go as lean as you like but consider adding an egg to your mix if you get really lean)
  • 1 can of beans (we use dark red kidney beans or black beans)
  • 2 or 3 celery stalks
  • 1 onion
  • Various chili peppers if you like them (we use 2 jalapenos and 1 habanero)
  • Mushrooms (I use a medium pack of white mushrooms)
  • 1 bell pepper
  • Seasoning (We like to use Mrs. Dash)
  • 1/2 cup of corn
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Whole flax seed
  • garlic

Prep Work

  1. Heat the oven to 365. Get some foil on a larger lipped baking sheet. Toss the turkey into a large mixing bowl. Chop everything up as rough or fine as you like, we actually do a rough chop and leave the beans whole.
  2. Add in your seasoning to the turkey but not the barbecue sauce or flax seed, that’s for later.
  3. Mix the seasning into the turkey – go ahead and get your hands dirty here!
  4. If you used low fat turkey (93% lean) I recommend mixing in 1 whole egg.
  5. Now dump in all of the chopped veg and beans and get that all mixed thoroughly.

Cooking

  1. Dump the whole mixture onto the foil covered sheet and form it into a loaf. The loaf should be about 2 inches thick. Be sure to press it together firmly, we want this to be well compacted to hold it’s form. If I’m feeling frisky I’ll make it into a shape (think heart or coffin).
  2. Once the loaf is shaped, toss it into the pre-heated oven and cook it for 30 minutes.
  3. Pull that loaf out and give it a coating of barbecue sauce, we tend to go real thin on the sauce – don’t want to drown the flavours in there.
  4. Sprinkle a layer of flax seed onto that sauced up loaf.
  5. The loaf goes back in the oven for 15 more minutes.

Enjoy! Grab yourself a slice, what do you think? Bonus tips. I eat the leftovers on romain lettuce leaves for a tasty wrap the next day!

 

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