The grinch strikes again and the most flavorful turkey meatloaf

A couple of years ago I wrote this post about my husband, the Grinch.  And you’d think that after I shamed him publicly on the internet he’d change.  Nope.  It’s practically December and we still don’t have a Christmas tree!  Shame, peeps, shame.

Every year I start my whining about getting a Christmas tree early and every year it gets put off until the first weekend in December.   This year I took a new strategy and banned “Christmas Vacation” until we have a tree in our home.  Guess what? It didn’t freakin’ work.

And the Grinch wasn’t just happy banning a beautiful tree in my home or refusing lights and decorations until said tree appears. No no.  This year the Grinch is also banning cookies from my life.  From my pregnant, in dire need of cookies, life.  I’ve been whining about wanting some cookies since Sunday and I’ve yet to see them appear.  Must be due to the fact that there isn’t a tree in my house and that the chimney is blocked by the wood stove, both coincidentally the Grinch’s fault.

Any who, the meat loaf (“Ma! The meatloaf! I never know what she’s doing in there…” name that movie)

When we were in Western MA during the Hurricane my brother-in-law, Michael, made us this amazing meatloaf with mashed potatoes.  It was so good that I have been thinking about it ever since.

Until Michael gives up his recipe, I’ve set out on a mission to make a flavorful meatloaf of my own – with, of course, some healthy ingredients.  I used turkey and whole wheat breading and added tenderness and flavor with canned diced tomatoes and caramelized onions.  The result was amazing.

The slightly sweet, flavorful and oh-so-tender meat loaf is just beyond words.  Coupled with some mashed potatoes and ketchup and this is pretty much my heaven.

Michael, if you’re reading this, I’m still holding out for your recipe.  Send over your mashed potatoes recipe while you’re at it too.

Most flavorful turkey meatloaf
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Flavorful turkey meatloaf with caramelized onions
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 1.5 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup milk
  • Salt & pepper
  • ¼ cup Ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  1. Slice the onions into little half-moon rings. Melt the butter in a frying pan on medium high, then add the onion slices. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the onion is see-through.
  2. Add brown sugar and turn the heat to low. Let the onions cook for another 20 or so minutes or until they turn golden and caramelize.
  3. Once the onions are cooked, throw them into a food processor along with the tomatoes and grind down.
  4. Mix ground turkey, tomato and onion mix, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, salt and pepper together (I use my hands) until it's all combined.
  5. Spray the meat loaf pan with some cooking spray or oil and then shape the meatloaf in the pan.
  6. In a small bowl mix the ketchup, brown sugar, and dry mustard then top the meatloaf.
  7. Cook in the oven for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees or until meat thermometer says 165 degrees. Let stand for 5 minutes.