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.
Yields: 6 | Serving size: 1/6 recipe | Calories: 184 | 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 | SmartPoints: 5 |
- 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. We fill with canola oil or olive oil. 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.
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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