Recipe by L. Hicks
"Italian turkey meat loaf with a surprise spinach filling!"
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1 1/4 pounds
soft bread crumbs
ground black pepper
1 (10 ounce) package
frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
shredded Italian cheese blend
shredded Italian cheese blend
Italian seasoning, or to taste
I'm sure this is a great recipe but they had it listed under low carb recipes and on a low carb diet you can not have any breadcrumbs or ketchup, both of which are ingredients in this recipe. I will try it with tomato puree and find a substitute for the breadcrumbs. You may want to lessen the salt it calls for, too, because cheeses are salty and people often forget that. Other than all of this, it sounds like a really great recipe!
Turkey Pinwheel Haiku: "Swell shift from meatloaf. But tasted 'artificial.' Would need some changes." I prefer AR's "Spinach Turkey Roll" recipe to this one, both of similar ingredients and presentation, but something about this one didn't sit right w/ me. I'm not sure if it was the ketchup instead of spaghetti sauce on top, or the 'synthetically-seasoned' vibe of the Italian seasoning sprinkled on top at the end, but this pinwheel just didn't agree w/ my tastebuds. Only sub I had to make was fresh, torn baby spinach in place of frozen. The one thing that did make me waver on giving this a higher rating was marveling in astonishment as my 3-year old ate her entire plate. (Spinach - really?!? Dessert's on me!)
Use low sodium breadcrumbs!!! This was SO SALTY!!
I thought it was great, but I didn't follow the exact recipe.
Some changes I made that I thought were fantastic:
I didn't add any salt at all, as per other suggestions. I did add garlic powder in its place, because I love garlic in everything.
for the center layer: I used feta crumbles rather than shredded italian cheese, (just something I love about spinach and feta together) and I added sauteed mushrooms, onions & garlic to the feta/spinach mixture.
for the topping: I didn't use the ketchup, rather just some tomato paste and for the last 25 minutes of baking, I topped the meatloaf with strips of turkey bacon, then broiled it for the last couple minutes so the bacon got crispy. I had the turkey bacon on hand that I needed to use up and thought it was a nice touch to the meatloaf.
My boyfriend and I made this recipe twice in a three week period because it was so delicious! The turkey turns out really moist and flavorful. I followed the recipe exactly and had no complaints.
WE (My DH and I) are making this for the second time we do not eat red meat any longer and look for ground turkey recipes!!! This is fabulous!!!! It is so good!!! It is quick and easy too!!! Enjoy!!!
I was surprised how easy and delicious this is!
Nice concept. Was moist and tasty. Noticed that someone suggested using low sodium breadcrumbs, I suggest making your own. I also used fresh herbs and fresh garlic and spinach, and added some chives to the mix. Did not add the ketchup.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/5 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 148
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