Santa Fe Meat Loaf

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Slicing the loaf reveals a hidden layer of cheese. Leftovers are especially good on a sandwich. Serve with tossed green salad and corn bread.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 2 slices)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 288
  • Calories from fat: 33%
  • Fat: 10.5g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Protein: 31.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 14.8g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Cholesterol: 88mg
  • Iron: 2.2mg
  • Sodium: 876mg
  • Calcium: 256mg

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 pound 7% fat ground turkey
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 3/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 cup mild chunky salsa, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 slices 30%-less-fat center-cut bacon (such as Oscar Mayer), cooked and crumbled
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) reduced-fat finely shredded Mexican-style four cheese blend (such as Kraft 2% milk)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion, bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, and garlic to pan; sauté 1 1/2 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in chipotle chile; sauté 30 seconds. Remove from pan; cool. Combine onion mixture, turkey, turkey breast, breadcrumbs, 1/3 cup salsa, oregano, bacon, and egg whites in a large bowl.
  3. Place half of turkey mixture in an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Arrange cheese over top, leaving a 1/2-inch border around outside edges. Arrange remaining turkey mixture over cheese, pressing edges to pack. Spread the remaining 1/3 cup salsa over top of meat loaf. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 25 minutes or until a thermometer registers 165°. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cut into 12 slices.
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