Photo: Kana Okada
Prep Time
15 Mins
Other Time
1 Hour
Makes 4 servings

For an easy weeknight meat loaf without the beef, combine ground turkey with egg, onion, breadcrumbs and roasted red peppers and bake in a large metal or glass pan with sides instead of a loaf pan.

How to Make It

Heat oven to 400° F.

Combine the turkey, onion, bread crumbs, egg, Parmesan, 2 tablespoons of the mustard, the parsley, red peppers, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Shape the meat into an 8-inch loaf and place in a baking dish. (See Tip, below.)

Bake until no trace of pink remains (internal temperature should be 165° F), about 45 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 15 minutes before slicing.

Whisk together the remaining mustard, the vinegar, oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl.

Divide the greens among individual plates and drizzle the vinaigrette over the top. Serve with the sliced meat loaf.

Tip: A loaf pan isn't the best choice for baking meat loaf. Instead use a large pan with 1 1/2- to 2-inch sides, such as a metal, glass, or ceramic 7-by-11-inch baking dish, which will allow the heat to circulate over the meat, cooking it evenly.

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Ratings & Reviews

neensbeans's Review

March 21, 2014
This is one of our go-to recipes; I rarely make "real" meatloaf anymore. It makes the BEST sandwiches the next day! It's not the same without the salad, and I'm a meatloaf and potatoes girl. Delicious.

Saecca's Review

January 16, 2013
Pretty good recipe. Seems like it would be a good burger. It comes together easily. I did sub in extra lean turkey. The salad was super good!

KarenDiane's Review

May 07, 2012

jjameson's Review

March 10, 2012

CyndiG's Review

October 17, 2011

LRT313's Review

December 26, 2010
This was my first time making this dish. I'm putting this dish on my Monthly main dish menu. I substututed the parsley for cilantro. I served the meatloaf with only the recommended greens. I can't wait until I prepare this dish again.

kateq18's Review

December 11, 2009
Solild weeknight meal. We had it with baked potatoes and salad. I had to cook it an extra 10 minutes to get the internal temperature up to 165 degrees.

moonbelly's Review

November 05, 2009
Maybe what trips people up about this is calling it meat loaf. It's practically something else -- and it's yummy. I used fresh parsley from my garden, and it was flavorful and noticeable. I used romano rather than parm, and it really lended a lot of flavor to the end product. I didn't have any issues with dryness, but I also wasn't expecting a traditional-style meatloaf laden with tomato sauce. To each his own, but this is a really good and flexible recipe!

Chopalua's Review

August 17, 2009
I've made this recipe now twice. The most recent time the exta lean turkey package only had 1.2 lbs. instead of 1.5lbs as recipe calls for. So I shredded a zucchini, added a whole fresh green pepper and one whole de-seeded jalapeno and exchanged the parsley (which does nothing for the recipe) for cilantro. Not only was the meatloaf extremely moist, but the vegetable content and healthy factor was kicked up a notch without altering the final product. I paired this with the Goat Cheese and Garlic Au Gratin recipe.