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Tasty Thursday – Cranberry-Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

By November 28, 2013June 6th, 20162 Comments


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Cranberry-Turkey Meatloaf
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Serves: 10
This Thanksgiving try this delicious & healthy recipe!! Compliments of
  • 2 Large leeks, whites and light green parts only, halved, rinsed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 Large stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ Cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh sage or 2 teaspoons dried
  • ½ Tsp salt
  • ¼ Tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ Cup quinoa (see Tip)
  • 2 Lbs extra-lean ground turkey
  • ½ Cup Fresh cranberry sauce (see how to make)
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray (or see Loaf Pan Variation).
  2. Pulse leek and celery in a food processor until finely chopped (or finely chop them with a knife.)
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetables and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Add dried cranberries, sage, salt and pepper to the vegetables; stir to combine. Stir in egg and cooked quinoa. Add ground turkey and with clean hands gently knead the vegetable mixture into the meat; do not overmix. Pat the meat mixture into a loaf shape (about 12 by 5 inches) on the prepared baking sheet. Spread cranberry sauce on top.
  5. Bake the meatloaf until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 40 to 45 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Let stand at room temperature while oven preheats; bake until an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F, about 1 hour.

Tip: The original recipe calls for bulgur but suggest using quinoa as a healthier choice. Be sure to cook it first before adding to the recipe.

How To Make:

Loaf Pan Variation: If you want a more uniform-shaped “loaf” you can bake your meatloaf in a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan instead of on a baking sheet. Coat the pan with cooking spray, pat the meatloaf mixture into the pan and cover with the topping. Bake for about 1 hour. Let stand for 10 minutes in the pan before slicing.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 206 Fat: 8 Saturated fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 16 Sugar: 7 Sodium: 216 Fiber: 2 Protein: 19
Cranberry Sauce Recipe!

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