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Comfort Food Extraordinaire: Turkey Meatloaf with Baked Yams

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Comfort Food Extraordinaire: Turkey Meatloaf with Baked Yams

After a tough week, all I want for dinner is comfort food. And what’s more quintessentially comforting than meatloaf and mashed potatoes? Or, in this case, turkey meatloaf and smashed yams?

Turkey meatloaf. The classic meatloaf’s lower calorie cousin.


1 lb ground turkey breast

1 egg

4 basil leaves, minced

1/2 medium yellow onion, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 vine tomato, chopped

1 T salt

1/2 T ground pepper

1/2 T cayenne (optional for spiciness)


Preheat oven to 400 F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Pile Of Meatloaf IngredientsTip: You can add any vegetables you have in your fridge: carrots, peas, etc. They’ll cook even inside the meatloaf.

Mix everything together with your hands, making sure to mix the egg in well.

Mix it with your hands

Spread evenly in a pan or casserole dish, but don’t squish it in too much, otherwise the meatloaf will be dense. Optional topping: 1/2 c of ketchup. It will help to keep your meatloaf from drying out in the oven.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Finished Meatloaf copy

The yam is the easy part. Wrap your yam entirely in foil and bake for 20 – 40 minutes (depending on size) at 400 F.

My favorite part of the yam is that it doesn’t need butter or milk to make it delicious like mashed potatoes. Plus, all you need is a fork to mash a yam. Very little work involved.

Serve with your favorite steamed vegetable.


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