Paleo Mexican Turkey Meatloaf

by Kelli H. on May 10, 2016

PaleoMeatLoaf1The last recipe I shared was back in November 2015! Damn, I can’t believe it’s been so long. I didn’t really think it’d take me that long to want to share another recipe. Honestly, it probably would have taken even longer but I’ve had this recipe written up and sitting in my drafts folder since last September. I decided I finally had to snap some pictures tonight because I’m tired of looking it up through my draft folder.

Luckily there was still light out when I was done feeling like super woman. Do you ever feel like super (wo)man? Today was one of those days. I started the morning with a quick yoga practice, had a full day of work, got home and started this meatloaf, worked out in the garden for 1 hour transplanting tomato plants, and then came inside to snap these photos. After dinner and dishes I even started a load of laundry. Who am I? Sometimes I really do feel like an Energizer bunny. Though I swear these batteries will run out soon.

IMG_5866One thing I love about this recipe is how versatile it is. In the recipe I call for a red and green bell pepper but when I was at the store last Saturday I bought red and yellow which is totally fine. I also forgot to by a jalapeño. Whoops! It was still totally delicious without it though I do prefer it with. Make sure to sprinkle on the fresh cilantro as that really adds a kick of flavor. This time I served it with some sliced avocado which I think was great. I’ll be doing that again in the future.

PaleoMeatloaf3Another thing about meatloaf in general that I enjoy is that once you get it in the oven you have a good amount of time to tackle another task. Todays task was transplanting tomato plants which I mentioned above. I wanted to get my whole garden planted tonight but time ran out…

I’ll probably post soon about my garden once it’s all planted so I don’t want to go into too much detail here but the tomato plants I transplanted are wild tomato plants that grew on their own in my garden beds! I don’t know what varieties they are but I transplanted six plants and am giving my mom four more for her to replant. It’ll be an experiment to see if they survive but I am so excited!

PaleoMeatLoaf4Unlike the tomato transplants from my garden, this Mexican meatloaf is tried and true. I’ve been making it pretty consistently over the last year. It’s one of mine and David’s favorite meals. You really can’t go wrong with a comfort food like meatloaf, especially when it involves Mexican flavors and it’s all healthy from being paleoized (that is totally a word). Enjoy!

Paleo Mexican Turkey Meatloaf
A veggie filled paleo meatloaf. Comes together quickly making it a weeknight meal warrior.
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Ingredients
  1. 1-1.25 pounds ground turkey
  2. 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  3. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  4. 1 green bell pepper, diced
  5. 1/2 a medium sized red onion, diced
  6. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 1 jalapeno, seeded & diced
  8. 1 egg, whisked
  9. 1/2 cup almond meal
  10. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  11. 1 teaspoon cumin
  12. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  13. 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  14. 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  15. 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a loaf pan.
  2. In a saute pan over medium heat; heat olive oil and saute peppers, onions, and garlic for about 5 minutes or until soft. Remove from heat to cool off.
  3. In a large bowl; mix together turkey, sautéed veggies, egg, almond meal, and all the seasonings. Place mixture into a loaf pan and press down to make it even. Bake for 50 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes. Sprinkle on cilantro, slice, and serve.
Notes
  1. Using between 1 or 1.25 pounds ground turkey both work for this recipe. If you use 1.25 ground turkey you may need to add up to 3/4 cup almond meal.
Adapted from PaleOMG
Adapted from PaleOMG
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Theresa May 11, 2016 at 10:19 am

This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. I’ve been looking for new, healthy recipes because I’m getting a little bored with our current rotation. But this sounds right up our ally. Is it a good weeknight meal, or does it take a while to prep?

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Kelli H. May 11, 2016 at 11:13 am

I make it during the week but I could see how some people wouldn’t want to. It’s about 20 minutes of prep work between chopping veggies and sauteing them. Then it bakes for 50 but you can do lots of other things in that 50 minutes. 🙂

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Amanda May 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Wow this recipe looks so delicious! I love making ground turkey meatloaf! I think it actually tastes better than ground beef.

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Lauren @ Greens & Glamour May 11, 2016 at 8:25 pm

WOW this looks incredible. Turkey meatloaf is a favorite go-to dinner in my house, and I can’t wait to change it up with this recipe! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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