Turkey and Vegetable Meat Loaf Recipe
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Turkey and Vegetable Meat Loaf Recipe

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For a lighter meatloaf, try making it with ground turkey! It will be so moist and delicious that it will become a favorite for your family.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 70 min. + standing
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 70 min. + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed saltines (about 45 crackers)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup, divided
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 teaspoons ground mustard, divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 slices equals 344 calories, 16 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 139 mg cholesterol, 1158 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 28 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute the onion, carrots and celery in oil until tender. In a large bowl, combine the onion mixture, cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup ketchup, parsley, egg, 2 teaspoons mustard, salt, garlic and pepper. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well.
  2. Shape into a loaf. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and remaining ketchup and mustard until smooth. Spoon over meat loaf. Bake 10-20 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°; drain. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Turkey Meat Loaf in Weeknight Cooking Made Easy Annual 2005, p143

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"this is awesome, moist and very flavorful..."

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011


It is now my favorite meatloaf ever!"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"I was surprised. My husband and I both enjoyed this. We had mashed potatoes with gravy as a side. Ony suggestion would be to double the sauce. I felt there was not enough sauce."

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2010

"This was possibly the best meatloaf I have ever had. It was so moist and full of flavor. The family loved the extra vegetables in the texture. The topping added just a little extra flavor as well. Even my pickiest child asked for leftovers the next day, but little did she know that we had finished it off the previous evening."

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