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.




  1. Wedding Crashers!!

  2. We don’t have a tree up either, don’t feel bad. We’re trying to restrain ourselves because we know that a certain toddler is going to mess with it constantly once it’s up. And I was just saying yesterday that I refuse to eat a christmas cookie until December, but man is it hard. This month needs to be over fast!

  3. Doh, someone beat me to identifying the movie. No fear, we don’t have a tree up and are having a holiday party next weekend. We MAY be pressing our luck.

  4. I am glad that I am not the only one with a Grinch in my life. My boyfriend puts off putting up our tree every year as well! The ONLY reason that I got it up this past weekend is because my Mom is coming to visit next week, and I told him that I wanted this done before she came into down. So he unwillingly helped me and grumbled the whole time. LOL

    Congratulations on your new little nugget! And here’s hoping you get your tree soon! :)

  5. Mmmmm, I now know what I’m going to use some of the 3lbs of ground turkey I have in my freezer for…

  6. Dear Jon,

    Yo do not deny a pregnant woman food of any kind, EVER. Especially not cookies. I don’t care if she asks to eat Lard and Skittle sandwiches on Rye, YOU GET IT FOR HER.

    someone who has been there.

  7. Also, I had a dream last night that you threw a party at your house and invited me. Your husband got very drunk and was hitting on everyone. You were PISSED. LOL! I spend too much time on the Internet, I think.


    • Hahahahaha aw man – you know it’s time to cut back on the Internet time when you start dreaming about other bloggers (happens to me more times than I will ever admit to)

  8. Ahh someone I “know” who I can ask about caramelizing onions. Do you stir them at all once you turn it to low? I always burn mine when I try and make them, I think I am cooking them too high. This sounds really yummy by the way.

  9. Yes- but not very often. My stove top goes to 6 and I turn in down to 2 if that helps. I think having enough butter is the key

  10. That looks delicious! And I always want to be able to get down with meatloaf but then I make it and I’m all “meh.” Maybe I’ll give this one a try!

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