Turkey Sweet Potato Meatloaf

by Kelli H. on April 23, 2015


I found a new podcast I’m digging. I heard about it from This American Life podcast. It’s called Death, Sex, & Money. What I like about it is that the interviewer, Anna Sale, asks her guests questions that most people wouldn’t ask. It’s supposed to be about topics that everyone thinks about but that people don’t discuss. I find it totally fascinating. I’m almost loving driving to work each day because I love listening to the stories being told. I highly recommend it for anyone who commutes! I only wish that the podcasts were an  hour long.


So, meatloaf! I know, it’s not a pretty picture. Why is meatloaf always so hard to photograph? I’ve said it before but I just really wish it was called something else. David and I love meatloaf, and from fall-spring, depending on the weather I’ll make meatloaf once or twice a month. It’s one of those, mix it up, throw it in the oven, and dinner is ready. I like those kinds of meals. I found the inspiration for this meatloaf on no other than Pinterest. I changed it up a bit to make it work for us, and it’s quickly become one of my favorite’s. The ingredients are very simple. I don’t even saute the onions beforehand, but if you’re super grossed out by eating not completely soft onions, then take the step to saute the onions first. It doesn’t bother us though and I get to save that time.

sweetpotatoturkey3Ryder was really digging the smell of this meatloaf while I was photographing it. He was begging for a bite but poor kid-o doesn’t get to taste it. Nope, no people food for this boy.


This meal is total comfort food. I like to serve it alongside some blanched broccoli and mashed cauliflower. MMM…it’s the best! Definitely give this meatloaf a try. David admitted that he prefers a Mexican meatloaf I make (hopefully I’ll get that one on the blog sooner or later) but I love mixing it up. This is a good, easy, meatloaf recipe to keep on hand. If you bake your sweet potato the night before it’s super simple and a perfect week night meal.

Turkey Sweet Potato Meatloaf
A meatloaf that is comforting and is reminiscent of Thanksgiving dinner.
  1. 1.25 - 1.5 pounds ground turkey
  2. 1 medium sweet potato, cooked, peeled, and pureed (about 1 heaping cup)
  3. 1 small onion, diced
  4. 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  5. 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  6. 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  7. 1 tablespoon dried basil
  8. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  9. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  10. 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  11. 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  12. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper slakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with oil.
  3. In a large bowl; mix together turkey, sweet potato puree, onion, garlic, flax seed meal, salt, basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, black, and crushed red pepper. Bake for 50-55 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before slicing.
  1. If you don't consider flax seed meal as paleo feel free to use almond meal!
Adapted from Live Healthy Easy
Adapted from Live Healthy Easy
Made In Sonoma http://www.madeinsonoma.com/

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Jen @nutcaseinpoint April 23, 2015 at 11:51 am

Every once in a while I suggest meatloaf for dinner but Tyler has a strict ‘no way Jose’ to meatloaf policy. Grrr


Janet April 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm

I love meatloaf, this one sounds so good and healthy I just might have to try it.


David W. April 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm

I guess it’s just the name that has people all up in arms about it. Maybe we need to think of a better name! haha. I know the name doesn’t sound appetizing to some, but once you get over that and try it, it’s a game changer. What could possibly be wrong with meat, spices, and veggies mixed up and baked? It’s de-lish. 🙂


Jane April 23, 2015 at 4:46 pm

It’s like you’re my hero! I heard about that podcast and then could not remember the name of it! Literally just downloaded all of them.


Kelli H. April 23, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Yay! Happy to help! You’ll love it.


Diane @ Life of Di. April 24, 2015 at 7:59 am

Just added ‘This American Life’ to my podcast list! Can’t wait to listen 🙂 Another one I recently discovered (and LOVE) is called ‘Primal Potential’. The health advice is solid (and has really shifted some of my perspectives associated with a so-called ‘healthy’ lifestyle/mindset!)

I love meatloaf and think this looks fantastic! Can’t go wrong with adding sweet potato to any dish 🙂


Kelli H. April 24, 2015 at 8:30 am

Thanks, Diane. I will check out Primal Potential!


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health April 26, 2015 at 10:07 pm

I just started listening to Serial today (while doing dishes) and it’s really good! I’ll have to check that one out too.

And Ryder’s puppy face is so cute! We try not to five a Coco people food either but she always manages to con a few things here and there. Mostly veggies, yogurt, and boiled eggs. Nothing with garlic or onion though!


Patsy Kahn May 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

Love tasty healthy simple


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