Day 14: Healthy Cooking Challenge

Turkey Meatloaf w/ Mashed Potatoes and Glazed Carrots

Whew! I didn’t realize what I was getting into when I started this Challenge!! I’m a little behind, but don’t worry I’m catching up!!

I love meatloaf. However, meatloaf is not always a low calorie meal. This one is perfect. It’s got great flavor and you don’t have to feel bad about it.

I got this one from Valerie Bertinelli!! Here’s the Pin: Thursday Meatloaf

I did change a few things, so listen up. I typed my change in parenthesis.

  • 2 slices of white bread (I used wheat)

You’re going to slice up the bread and pour the milk over and just let it sit while you are doing everything else.

Of course you know I read through the ingredients first and prepped everything. Now I can start combining.

You combine all the remaining ingredients gently. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty here, but make sure you take off your bling first. Nobody wants raw meat in their jewelry.

I used my non-dominant hand because well, it’s less powerful and won’t over work the meat. You don’t want a brick coming out of the oven.

Drop that hunk of meat onto a foil-lined baking sheet and make it look pretty!!

Now, for the first 15 minutes you’re going to cook it in a 500 degree oven.

After that you can drop it down to 350. Here’s where you need to invest in that digital meat thermometer that has a long cord so you can place it in the meat in the oven and keep the reader outside.

There’s no perfect time for this meatloaf. The perfect time is when it is done. So, I place the thermometer in the thickest part of the loaf and set it for 155. When I bring the meatloaf out I let it sit for about 15 minutes covered, The temp will continue to rise a little up to around 160/165.

When you drop the oven temp down this is a good time to glaze the meatloaf with some ketchup. I just used a couple of tablespoons.

Ok, while the meatloaf is cooking, I chopped up about 1.5 lbs of red potatoes. I took the skins off. Just my preference. You can keep it if you don’t mind it!

Cover them with water in a large saucepan and let them get to a boil. Boil them for about 15-20 minutes or until they are fork tender.

Drain em…then toss in the following:

Thanks SkinnyKitchen: Skinny Mashed Potatoes

1½ lbs. red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into even sized large chunks

2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light (gluten free)

¾ to 1 cup reduced-fat (2%) milk

¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine

Salt and pepper to taste

Now mash away, but no too much. I ended up adding about 2 teaspoons of salt.

Unless you’re feeding an army this makes the perfect amount of mashed potatoes. It definitely could feed 4-6 people. Portion control is key here.

I also made some glazed carrots: Recipe Here

Let’s see what this is going to cost us:


Serving Size (1 slice) I cut mine into 8 slices.

200 calories and 3.8g fat (OMG!!)


Serving Size (1/2cup)

123 calories and 3 g fat

Okay, I don’t know about you guys but I would never think that Meatloaf and mashed potatoes could be such a great low cal dinner!!



  1. BG McDonald

    January 18, 2018 at 7:37 am

    That really looks good, and you did a great job explaining the recipe , I could actually follow it step by step, You need to start a youtube page and get some sponsors, I would definitely watch, even with ads.

  2. Krysta Fohl

    March 4, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I haven’t bought a new grater for years and didn’t even know that six sided ones existed. It does boil down to price and how versatile they are, but next time I will get one with the container to catch everything in as that is my biggest annoyance, cleaning up after grating.

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