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healthy turkey meatloaf with baby kale and smashed sweet potatoes
birdloaf with mashed sweet potatoes

Meal planning, for me, is about balance. I eat everything… but in moderation. My mother had high blood pressure, so I learned early on how to forgo salt for other alternative spices. Heart healthy grains and low in fat are two other lessons that were reinforced throughout youth. If you haven’t noticed by now, I enjoy eating light and healthy without sacrificing the delicious.

So what’s a birdloaf? It’s a lighter, healthier “meat” loaf made with ground chicken and turkey instead of beef (or other red meats), whole wheat breadcrumbs, and a red sauce. No additional salt necessary because bottled ketchup is both salty and sweet.

- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (GF? see bottom)
- 1 medium sized onion, chopped
- 4 average size mushrooms, chopped
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1 egg
- 3 twigs fresh thyme, stripped & chopped
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce (for the outer coating)

Preheat oven to 350. Place all of the ingredients, except the tomato sauce, together in a large bowl and mash with clean hands until all of the ingredients are mixed. Note: kids love this part. Form the mixture into a log in the center of a 9×12 inch baking dish. Cook for 1 hour.

- 4 medium sized sweet potatoes
- 2 tbsp salted butter
- finely chopped shallot
- 3 to 4 fresh sage leaves, chopped
- 1/8 cup milk
- 1/2 orange (juiced)

The sweet potatoes are simple. Wash the potatoes well and place into a pot of water covering the potatoes. Boil until a fork easily pierces into the middle of the potato. Remove from heat, strain hot water, and rinse the pot to use again. Under cold running water, remove the skins and place potatoes aside.  Place the pot back on the stove over medium heat and add 1 tbsp of butter, shallot and sage. Stir frequently allowing the shallot to sweat and the sage to wilt. Try not to let the butter burn, keep heat low. After about 2 minutes kill the heat, add the potatoes and milk and smash together with a potato masher until the desired consistency has been reached. I like mine a little lumpy. Last step for the potatoes -squeeze in the orange juice, and stir together with a fork.

I served the meal with baby kale, sauteed simply until slightly wilted with sliced garlic and olive oil.

Gluten Free? make your own breadcrumbs with GF bread.

healthy turkey meatloaf with baby kale and smashed sweet potatoes

turkey meatloaf with baby kale and smashed sweet potatoes

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