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I developed this recipe with turkey and quinoa, but have since used it successfully with just about every type of ground meat and variety of grain. The addition of grains not only adds nutritional value and keeps the texture light, but also helps those on a budget stretch a small amount of quality meat into a bigger meal. It's simple, clean, nutritious eating but will please even the pickiest of meatloaf lovers. Make extra grains and serve those alongside a green salad, steamed asparagus, or roasted vegetables. Enjoy!



Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add celery, onion, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Mix ketchup, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce together in a small bowl.

  • Combine turkey, quinoa, eggs, parsley, sage, black pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Add celery mixture and 1/3 cup of the ketchup mixture; mix until well-combined.

  • Spread 1/3 cup of the ketchup mixture on the bottom of two 9-inch square baking dishes. Form turkey mixture into meatballs with damp hands. Pour remaining 1/3 cup of the ketchup mixture over the meatballs.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until meatballs are no longer pink in the center and ketchup mixture is thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute coconut or avocado oil for the olive oil if desired.

Substitute Bragg(R) Liquid Aminos for the soy sauce if desired.

You can also form the meat mixture into 2 meatloaves (using damp hands). Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads 160 degrees F (70 degrees C), 45 to 60 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

419 calories; protein 34.7g; carbohydrates 35.8g; fat 16.4g; cholesterol 175mg; sodium 1657.3mg. Full Nutrition