I hate beef. You’ll probably never see a beef recipe on this site, so if you’re a beef lover, this is as close as you’re going to get. You can easily change out my ground turkey for your beef. It’s better for you with turkey! My dad has tried to perfect a vegetarian version of meatloaf using chickpeas. I don’t think he’s succeeded yet, though.

Cheesy meatloaf:

1 – 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (I use the 7% fat stuff, anything less is dry)
1 egg
1-2 slices bread (I used a hotdog bun, because I had extra)
Tablespoon paprika
1-2 teaspoons celery seed
4-5 tablespoons wheat germ (optional, but it’s really good for you)
1-2 cloves garlic (I use the jarred stuff)
Onion flakes (or diced fresh onion)
Shredded cheese

Break the bread up into a bowl and add a splash of milk, let sit for a minute or two.

In a large mixing bowl mix together the turkey, bread, wheat germ, celery seed, paprika, onion flakes, garlic, and the egg. Stir in some shredded cheese. You can use a little or a lot, depending on how cheesy you want things to be. I used a cup or so.

Spread the turkey mixture out onto a cutting board, and cover with a thin layer of salsa. Roll up into a loaf shape, and place in a loaf pan.

Cook on 350 for 45 minutes. Top with a sprinkle of extra cheese and cook for another 15 minutes.

Serve with ketchup or salsa.

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  1. nell said

    This is more for your dad…but I’ve heard a lot of people make a “carrot loaf”. Dunno if you could sub it into this recipe, or if you need another one, but that’s what I’ve heard!

  2. rhiyaya said

    oooh, i just found a recipe that calls for mashed lentils instead of meat.

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