by Skinny Ms.
We love cooking healthier, traditional, comfort foods in the slow cooker. Turkey loaf is one of those comfort foods that cooks perfectly in the slow cooker. This is a healthier spin on traditional meatloaf and is one of our favorites from our slow cooker recipe collection. This healthy turkey loaf will be a favorite for your family, especially during the colder months when everyone is craving something hearty and warm.
Meatloaf recipes can really be hit or miss. Some people love meatloaf because it reminds them of the traditional meals they enjoyed when they were young. Other people are reluctant to eat meatloaf as an adult because their memories aren’t that great. The best thing about this meatloaf is it is just traditional enough to evoke favorite memories, but it is a cleaned up version and could be much better than the meatloaf you ate years ago.
What makes this loaf so great? It is much leaner than traditional meatloaf recipes because it is made with turkey. It is also easier to cook because the ingredients are dumped into the slow cooker and dinner is ready a few hours later.
Yields: 6 | Serving size: 1/6 recipe | Calories: 184 | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 5 | Total Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fats: 1 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 74 mg | Sodium: 294 mg | Carbohydrates: 20 g | Dietary fiber:3 g | Sugars: 11 g | Protein: 18 g
- 1 pound lean ground turkey (about 93% lean), chicken or ground beef will also work
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
- 1/2 cup diced sweet red bell pepper
- 1 cup whole grain bread crumbs, whole wheat panko will also work
- Kosher or sea salt to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/3 cup tomato or vegetable juice (recommend without refined sugar)
- 1/3 cup ketchup
In a large bowl combine all the above ingredients, except ketchup, and mix well. Lightly spray the bottom and sides of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Shape mixture into a loaf and place in the slow cooker. You may need to reshape, just a bit, after placing in the slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours. Add ketchup to the top about 30 minutes before the end of cooking time. 5 - 7 quart slow-cooker recommended.
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Tip: For simple removal from the slow cooker, tear two pieces of aluminum foil, about 3-4”, fold in half lengthwise and place crisscross underneath the meatloaf prior cooking.
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