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Healthy Italian Turkey Meatloaf


This is one of my favorite I’m-too-lazy-to-cook meals. Do you have any of those? We just moved into our new house and we are still opening boxes, hanging pictures, cleaning, and finding room for all of our stuff. It’s exciting and all, but sometimes I just want to get back into a routine! Having time to cook something healthy and still make it to the gym helps me to do that. This meatloaf comes together in about ten minutes, thank goodness! I can’t remember where I got this recipe but I have been making it for years now. I usually make it for dinner but it also holds up really well for packed lunches and tastes just as good reheated.

The recipe calls for a shredded apple but you don’t taste any sort of apple flavor, it just adds moisture.  It’s easy, too–I just use my regular cheese grater’s largest holes.

Though the ingredients say gluten free bread crumbs (you can obviously use regular bread crumbs if you don’t need to be gluten-free), I have also made this without any bread crumbs and it tastes just as good (if a little bit juicier, which was fine with me and my husband).

I am still learning about all of this food photography stuff but it was HARD to take a yummy looking picture of this meatloaf. That being said…it’s tasty, I promise!

I usually serve this with roasted broccoli with lemon juice and parmesan (shown below) or sauteed spinach with garlic.


Healthy Italian Turkey Meatloaf
Serves 4
A turkey meatloaf with Italian flavor and marinara sauce.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. ¾ tsp dried basil
  4. ½ tsp dried rosemary
  5. ½ tsp salt
  6. ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  7. ¼ tsp dried parsley
  8. ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  9. 1 apple, peeled and shredded
  10. 1 small yellow onion, diced
  11. ½ cup gluten-free (or regular) bread crumbs
  12. 1 lb lean ground turkey
  13. 1 cup marinara sauce, plus additional for serving (I usually use jarred sauce, to make things easy)
  14. ¼ cup freshly grated or shredded parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat eggs lightly and add garlic, basil, salt, rosemary, red pepper flakes, parsley, and black pepper.
  3. Then add in apple, onions, and bread crumbs and mix. Add ground turkey and mix until all ingredients are evenly incorporated (I usually use my hands).
  4. Pat mixture into an 8 ½ by 4 ½ loaf pan and bake for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven, pour marinara sauce on top, and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until loaf is heated to 165°F.
  5. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over meatloaf and serve with additional marinara sauce, if desired.
  1. If you use a larger loaf pan (which I have before), just decrease the baking time by a few minutes.
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  1. Sindhu says:

    Michelle, you have a great blog here! I’m looking forward to learning new recipes from what you share. I’m really excited to see you blogging, and will definitely be back again. 🙂


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