Turkey Meatloaf with Caramelized Onions & Mushroom Ketchup

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Preparation Time 20 minutes Total Time 80 minutes
Servings 8 Cost Per Serving $1.79
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Turkey Meatloaf with Caramlized Onions
2 lbs (1kg)Lean Ground Turkey
2/3 cupBread Crumbs or Ground Oats
2Large Onions,roughly chopped
1 cupSweet Potato,grated
1/2 cupFresh Parsley,finely chopped
1 tspGround Cumin (optional)
1/4 cup + 1/4 cup + 1/2 cupMushroom Ketchup (see below) or Regular Ketchup
2 tspWorcestershire Sauce
2 tbspOlive Oil
To TasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Mushroom Ketchup (makes about 1 cup)
1Shallot,finely chopped
1 cloveGarlic,finely chopped
1 cupCremini or White Button Mushrooms,roughly chopped
2 tbspDried Porcini or Shiitake Mushrooms (soak in 1 cup of hot water)
2 tbspBrown Sugar or Honey
2 tbspBalsamic or Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 tsp eachGround Ginger, Ground Nutmeg, Ground Cloves
1 tbspOlive Oil
1/2 tbspArrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
To TasteSea Salt or Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. For the mushroom ketchup, heat oil in a medium sauce pot over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic, stir and cook for about 3 minutes. Add cremini or white button mushrooms, stir and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add honey, vinegar, dried mushrooms with soaking liquid and spices. Simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender, add arrowroot powder and blend until smooth.
  4. For the meatloaf, add olive oil to a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, season with a pinch of salt, stir and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until soft and golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  5. In a large bowl, combine remaining meatloaf ingredients, ¼ cup of ketchup, and the cooled onions. Mix well with hands. Transfer to a bread loaf pan. Spread ¼ cup of the ketchup on the top of the loaf.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Spread remaining ketchup over the meatloaf and bake again for another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and measure internal temperature with a thermometer. The temperature should read 165 F. If it is cooler, return to oven until fully cooked. Let rest for 5 minutes.


  • Turkey is high in protein and lower in saturated fat than red meat. During cancer treatment and for several months after treatment, your protein needs will be higher than before treatment. This is because you need extra protein to rebuild tissues and heal. One serving of ground turkey (4 oz or 75 grams) has 21 grams of protein. 
  • Turkey contains all of the B vitamins, which are used to convert the food you eat into energy. In particular, 1 serving of turkey contains 80% of the amount of vitamin B3 (niacin) most people need in a day. Niacin is needed for important chemical reactions in the body and for healthy skin and nerve function. 
  • Meat or poultry cuts that are lower in fat can be dry, making them more difficult to swallow. In this recipe, sweet potato is added to provide extra moisture to the meat. Sweet potato is also an excellent source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that helps protect against free radical damage  that is associated with chronic diseases such as cancer. Add gravy or other sauces to meals to lubricate food and make it easier to swallow.
  • Always have a beverage with your meal so you can wash down each bite. If you are losing weight or trying to gain weight, choose a beverage that contains calories, such as whole milk, apricot or pear nectar or a smoothie. If you have a dry mouth, you may find it helpful to take a sip of the beverage in your mouth and swallow it at the same time as the food.