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9 Paleo Turkey Meatloaf Recipes

Take a break from beef with these turkey meatloaves, each with their own unique twist on a classic favorite. You’ll find recipes with the vegetables baked right in, as well as others that go heavy on the bacon.

These turkey meatloaf recipes are so much healthier than beef meatloaf, and in my opinion, taste 10 times better!



Green Chile Turkey Meatloaf with Green Chile Sauce
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1. Green Chile Turkey Meatloaf with Green Chile Sauce
One thing you’ll quickly notice about turkey meatloaf is that it brings a lightness to the loaf that you don’t often see with traditional meatloaf. This recipe uses green chiles both in the meatloaf, as well as in the sauce for the top. They provide a separate recipe for the green chile sauce, so you don’t have to worry about buying something store bought. You’ll love the way this goes with a side salad to help round out your Paleo meal, and it stands a big chance of making it onto your regular meatloaf rotation.


Sweet Potato & Bacon Turkey Meatloaf
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2. Sweet Potato & Bacon Turkey Meatloaf with Mustard Glaze
On Paleo you’ll always want to look for ways to get your vegetables along with your meat servings. This meatloaf has sweet potatoes incorporated right into the loaf, so you’re getting antioxidants and fiber along with the protein from the turkey. Topping it off is a lovely mustard glaze that gives this meatloaf a flavor that you don’t usually find in traditional meatloaves. They’re using pretty lean turkey for this, so you won’t get as much greasy runoff as you do when you use ground beef. They’ve even managed to work some raisins into this, so there will be a few different textures to enjoy.


Paleo Turkey Meatloaf with a Spiced Cranberry Glaze
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3. Paleo Turkey Meatloaf with a Spiced Cranberry Glaze
The cranberry glaze on this turkey meatloaf not only gives it an incredible appearance when you slice it and plate it up, it also makes it taste amazing. Thanksgiving has established that turkey and cranberries go well together, and this meatloaf captures some of that magic and makes it available all year long. The bacon she uses makes this extra savory, and really helps to amp up the flavor of the turkey. With turkey meatloaf you’re going to want to be sure that it doesn’t turn up bland, and that the turkey gets the help it needs, since all by itself it can be a bit plain.


Bacon & Turkey Meatloaf
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4. Bacon & Turkey Meatloaf
Any good Paleo recipe will include an assortment of ingredients that help you have a well-rounded meal and this one is no exception. It includes two delicious Paleo meats, turkey and bacon, as well as carrots, celery, and onions to give it the flavor boost needed. With Paleo you’ll often see bacon used because it’s not against the rules, and because it lends a good amount of flavor from a relatively small amount of meat. It can really mean the difference between a good meal and a great meal, and this meatloaf is sure to satisfy.


Turkey Meatloaf
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5. Three Diets Turkey Meatloaf
Notice how she’s using organic turkey for this meatloaf. While organic foods may have hit the mainstream, and the debate rages on as to whether they’re healthier or worth the price, on Paleo it’s a way of turning back the clock and getting your food free of pesticides, herbicides, GMOs, growth hormones, and antibiotics. It also supports sustainable agriculture, and makes the food taste better in many cases. You’ll be blown away by how many vegetables she manages to squeeze into this loaf, and it comes through in the flavor.


Turkey Meatloaf With Flax Meal and Walnuts
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6. Turkey Meatloaf With Flax Meal and Walnuts
This meatloaf has a few surprises that aren’t usually in a meatloaf, with the addition of flax meal and walnuts. It’s a great way to work in some fiber, as well as additional protein. The flax meal will also give you omega-3s, though not the same omega-3s that you’ll find in salmon and other oily fish. Regardless, it’s still a healthy add-in, and the walnuts will provide a nutty flavor to this as well as an additional texture. It comes out as a stunning meatloaf, one that you could easily serve to friends and family to positive reviews.


Primal Palate Turkey Meatloaf
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7. Primal Palate Turkey Meatloaf
Let’s keep things simple with this turkey meatloaf, chopping down the ingredients list to just the essentials, while opting for fresh and fantastic food items. The key to cooking inspired food on Paleo is to not overload it with a bunch of filler. Here they’ve taken fresh, lean ground turkey, some onion, green pepper, and celery, and turned it into something special. The number of steps is also reasonable, and this is a turkey meatloaf to pop in the oven when you don’t want to fuss with it, and just want to eat it.


Turkey Meatloaf with Spinach
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8. Turkey Meatloaf with Spinach
Adding spinach to your meatloaf is a genius idea because it’s totally in line with the Paleo way of eating. Paleo isn’t all about the meat, it’s just as much if not more so about the vegetables. Getting a serving of spinach along with your turkey provides you with much-needed fiber to help your digestion, as well as minerals to help complete your nutrient intake for the day. Of course it also adds to the flavor and texture of the loaf, but she’s done a good job of making it so that you don’t really notice it’s there, but your body will be thanking you.


Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
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9. Bacon Wrapped Turkey Meatloaf
Many Paleo foodies can’t get enough of the bacon, and this is the turkey meatloaf for them. It is completely wrapped up in bacon slices, forming a sort of cocoon for the meatloaf, and making sure you get a bit of bacon in each bite. They turkey and other ingredients still shine through the bacon, so you don’t have to worry that all you’ll taste is the bacon. This can be a fun dinner for the bacon lover in your life, or a new way to revisit an old favorite. Turkey and bacon go great together, and Paleo is the perfect diet to prove it.

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