Thursday, June 6, 2013

Super Soft Turkey Meatloaf with Spicy Sauce

This recipe was given to me by my friend, Julie.  She is another great cook!  Hmmmm.  I see a trend. Like my friend who gave me the recipe for the Turkish Lentil Soup I posted a couple of days ago, many of my friends enjoy cooking nutritious food as much as I do. This particular entree originally included a layer of cheese in the middle, which I omitted as I don't tolerate the fat in cheese very well.  It also used cracker crumbs rather than the oats that I used. The resulting product is so incredibly soft, yet tasty. 

I tried substituting Egg Beaters for the eggs one time, but the taste was inferior and there was only 1 gram less of fat, so I decided to use the real eggs.  Real is almost always better than artificial, and if a small amount is used in a large batch, it doesn't seem to have negative effects on my digestive system. 

The sauce has just the right amount of tang to make this turkey meatloaf incredibly delicious! I had two pieces for my lunch today, along with some roasted sweet potatoes.  

The way I roast sweet potatoes makes them soft enough to "squeeze through a tube of toothpaste for sure" which was my gastroenterologist's recommendation for me for over 4 years.  My son, Sam, thought the sweet potatoes were "mushy" so he fried his on the stove top before he ate them, to dry them out a bit.  Mushy works great for me, however.  What was most astounding was that he washed the pan and put it away after he finished!  Yes, I think living with other guys last year taught him about the importance of cleaning up after himself.  Now that is true PZAZZ!

    2/3 cup quick-cook dry oats  (or I have used crushed Sage dressing and then omitted the sage listed later)  (oats is what I used for nutritional analysis) 
    3/4 cup low-fat milk
    20 oz. ground lean turkey
    2 eggs, slightly beaten
    1/4 cup finely grated onion
    1 tsp salt
    1/8 tsp pepper
    1/2 tsp ground sage

    3 Tablespoons brown sugar
    1/4 cup catsup
    1/4 tsp nutmeg
    1 tsp dry mustard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine oats, milk, turkey, eggs, onion and seasonings and mix well. Place in a 5 x 9 lightly oiled loaf pan.  Combine sauce ingredients and spread on the turkey loaf.  Bake for 1 hour. 

Nutrition per serving:
Servings per recipe: 8 slices
Serving Size: 1 slice
Calories: 173
Total Fat: 7 g
Cholesterol: 92 mg
Sodium: 166 mg
Total Carbs: 10 g
Dietary Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 18 g

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