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Turkey Meat Loaf with Mashed Potatoes

Spinach, whole-wheat bread crumbs, and lean turkey boost the fiber and reduce the fat in this hearty classic. Buttermilk in the potatoes lowers the saturated fat.

Real Simple FEBRUARY 2009

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings
  • Prep time: 25 Minutes
  • Other: 35 Minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach, thick stems removed and leaves chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg white
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 pounds red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce (optional)


Heat oven to 400° F. In a bowl, combine the turkey, onion, spinach, parsley, bread crumbs, mustard, egg white, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Transfer the mixture to a baking sheet and form it into a 10-inch loaf. Spread with the ketchup. Bake until cooked through, 45 to 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the potatoes in a large pot of cold water. Simmer until tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Drain the potatoes and mash in the pot with the buttermilk, oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Serve the meat loaf with the marinara sauce (if using) and potatoes.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 376
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 67mg
  • Sodium: 700mg
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrate: 43g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugars: 7g

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