Resolution: Add a Twist to Your Favorite Dish

From ingredients to lifestyles, meal inspirations abound when it comes to mixing up your most-liked meals. This Lighter Turkey Meatloaf is a great example of how you can make meatloaf healthier. This recipe cuts back on the beef and adds in turkey and oats, without cutting back on the comfort or flavor.

Lighter and Healthier Meatloaf

Serves 8


1 cup
quick-cooking oats
½ cup
fat-free milk
¼ cup
2 teaspoons
low-sodium soy sauce
1 medium
onion, chopped
3 cloves
garlic, minced
½ small
red bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
½ small
green bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
1 pound
ground turkey breast
1 pound
93 percent lean ground beef
2 tablespoons
spicy brown mustard
2 tablespoons
2-3 medium
carrots, chopped into small pieces
Black Pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lightly coat the foil with cooking spray.

Place the oats and milk inside a medium-sized bowl; stir to combine, then set aside.

Place ¼ cup ketchup and soy sauce inside a small bowl; whisk to combine, then set aside.

Spray a large skillet with cooking spray, then set the skillet over medium heat. Add onion and a pinch of salt to skillet; cook and stir until the onion has softened, about 2 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and red and green bell peppers to skillet; cook and stir until the peppers have softened, about 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer the vegetable mixture to a medium-sized bowl, and place in refrigerator to cool.

Place turkey, beef, oats and milk mixture, cooled vegetable mixture, mustard, 2 tablespoons ketchup, carrots, pinch of salt, and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper in a large bowl. Using hands, mix ingredients together.

Shape the mixture into an 8-inch by 4-inch loaf on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the top and sides of the loaf with the ketchup and soy sauce mixture. Bake until a thermometer inserted into the center registers 165 degrees F, about 45 minutes.