It’s not dog food

I was at the Turtle Farm with my daughter yesterday and we watched the turtles being fed. I immediately recognized the smell… food! We asked the attendant and yes, the feed is similar to dog food. This made me think of meatloaf.

A few years back, a friend and I were always reading Oxygen magazine and Tosca Reno cook books. We both tried a meatloaf recipe. Me being me, knew the end result would be pants because there was just too much grainy stuff and liquid. Anyway, I adapted the recipe and got a dish that my whole family love. My friend’s husband likened the cook book recipe to dog food.

Here’s my recipe for turkey meatloaf. It’s great served with loads of veggies for dinner and also great the next day for lunch or just as a snack. It’s also loaded with good clean protein.

The recipe feeds 2 adults and 2 kids for dinner, lunch the next day and at least one snack for 2 adults. I like to cook in bulk because I’m lazy 🙂 Feel free to cut down on the volume of the turkey. If you do, reduce the amount of almond meal and flax and the number of eggs!!

*As always, read the notes*

2lbs lean ground turkey
1 onion
Crushed clove of garlic
2 celery sticks
2 tablespoons of oil of choice
1/3 cup of almond meal*
1/3 cup of ground flax seed*
1 tablespoon of tomato paste*
1 teaspoon of sage (optional)
4 egg whites and 1 yolk or 2 whole eggs
Salt and pepper
2 handfuls of fresh basil (optional)


Finely chop the onion and celery (I blitz in my food processor) and sautée lightly with the garlic and then set aside to cool.

Beat the eggs and then combine everything except for the basil. Get your hands in and combine it all well.

Oil 2 loaf tins (mine are 8″ by 4″).

Scatter the basil on the bottom of the tins. Split the mixture between the tins and bake for about 1 1/4 hours (inside temperature should be a minimum of 160 degrees).


*You can substitute the almond meal and flax for oat bran, ground oatmeal or breadcrumbs.

*Make sure you use a good quality tomato paste or purée, preferably one made only of tomatoes and with no salt added.

*If you like your meatloaf gloopy, add 3/4 of cup of good quality chicken or vegetable stock.


My husband I are in the gym all the time and doing Crossfit. This serves as a great pre and post workout meal and if you go with the almond meal option, it’s paleo.

My little one said it was so good that she could eat it for breakfast,image

image lunch and dinner! I credit a thumbs up from a 4 year old female as a major win 🙂

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