Happy 2014!

It seems to be the time of year when everybody’s resolving to lose weight, cut calories, and be healthier. I hear ya.

It also happens to be a time of year where it’s freezing cold–here and most everywhere, from what I hear! Today it plummeted to negative 60 degrees in Minnesota with the windchill factored in.

It’s cold.

That is why this meal does double-duty: it helps you stick to a healthier diet, and it keeps you warm on ridiculously chilly days like this one.

Buffalo Turkey Meatloaf

It’s also super flavorful! I LOVE buffalo sauce, and this is my ideal meal. When I lived in an apartment by myself, I used to buy tiny disposable loaf pans and freeze miniature loaves of these to pop in the oven on nights like this one. When you live on your own, coming up with delicious single-sized dinners can be a challenge. It wasn’t often that I would be drooling in anticipation over my quick after-work dinners, but this one was the exception to the rule! It’s definitely single-serving-friendly. Just shave off some of the baking time and you’ve got an individual dinner that beats any microwave meal!

My mom originally found this meatloaf recipe using chicken, but she and I adapted it to use ground turkey, adding and subtracting ingredients to our own tastes. You can use any type of meat you prefer, but I love turkey for its flavor and health benefits. There’s no better protein, in my book! I also like how it pairs with the buffalo and blue cheese flavors.

If you’re not big on blue cheese, you can substitute something you like better, and you can additionally leave the extra hot sauce off the top if you’re afraid of too much heat. For me, this is perfect! Not too spicy or overpowering. My entire family loved it and I’ve made this recipe too many times to count.

Buffalo Turkey Meatloaf

Here’s hoping you’re warmer than I am at the moment and that your new year is off to a fantastic start! Cold or not, my 2014 has been a blast already, and I’m looking forward to all the adventures and surprises this new year holds!

Buffalo Turkey Meatloaf

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice

Buffalo Turkey Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. buffalo sauce, DIVIDED (I used Frank's original)
  • 1/3 cup light blue cheese dressing (such as Wish Bone)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • Additional buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles for serving, if desired.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic; saute for 1 minute. Add celery; cook and stir for 2-3 more minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup hot sauce, salad dressing, spices, and blue cheese; mix well. Add vegetables and mix well. Using your hands, mix in turkey until just combined.
  4. Place meat mixture in prepared pan to form a loaf. Sprinkle remaining hot sauce on top.
  5. Bake for 65 to 75 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Cover pan with foil and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with additional hot sauce and blue cheese crumbles, if desired.
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Nutritional Info:

Calories: 322.5
Total Fat: 16.9 g
Cholesterol: 143 mg
Sodium: 1,162.4 mg
Total Carbs: 13.1 g
Dietary Fiber: .9 g
Protein: 29.5 g


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