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Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf

Weight Watchers Turkey Meatloaf

Meatloaf is the quintessential American meal. It’s nostalgic, hearty and just plain delicious. I’m using a few flavorful and healthy twists for this Weight Watchers turkey meatloaf. The first is to use barbecue sauce instead of the usual ketchup. It’s such a small change but adding barbecue sauce makes it taste extraordinary.

Next, you’ll save a tremendous amount of calories and fat by free forming the meatloaf.  If you prepare it the way your Grandma did, in a loaf pan, the fat soaks into the loaf. With this new way, all the excess fat is left on the pan not in the loaf and then in your stomach.

Just by making meatloaf this way, you save over 250 calories and more astounding 38 grams of fat per serving.

Weight Watchers Points

Each generous 3 slice serving has 252 calories, 3 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time 1 hour

weight watchers turkey meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf Ingredients

1 pound ground turkey

½ cup plain bread crumbs

1 cup chopped onions

½ cup + ½ cup barbecue sauce (I like Sweet Baby Rays, Bull’s-eye or use your favorite)

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 egg whites

¼ teaspoon salt

Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Recipe Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a baking pan or cookie sheet with foil.

3. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, onions, ½ cup barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, egg whites, salt and pepper and mix well until thoroughly combined.

4. Place meatloaf mixture in the center of the baking pan and shape into a 12 x 4 inch loaf by hand.

5. Spread the remaining ½ cup barbecue sauce evenly over the top of the loaf. Add more if desired.

6. Bake 1 hour and let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

Serves 4 (each serving 3 slices)

Meatloaf Facts

Nobody is quite certain about the origin of meatloaf.  Most agree that it was a popular, economical meal to make during the Great Depression.  In 2007 it was voted the 7th favorite meal in the America.

Recipe Prep Tip

If you don’t like messy hands when mixing the meatloaf mixture, put the ingredients in a large, plastic bag, seal it, then squish the contents together until well mixed.

Serving Tips

Serve this Weight Watchers turkey meatloaf with Dreamy Dairy Free, Skinny Mashed Potatoes or Skinny Mash Potatoes and a vegetable such as Simple and Delicious Roasted Asparagus. Another idea is to slice the meatloaf and make a hot sandwich served on whole wheat sourdough bread or multi-grain bread with lettuce and tomato. Yum!

Note: If you are looking to cut the points down, a 2 slice serving is still very satisfying-
Weight Watchers
 (old points) 3 (for 2 slices)

POINTS PLUS 4 (for 2 slices)

Weight Watchers (old points) 5 (for 3 slices)
 PLUS 6 (for 3 slices)

SKINNY FACTS: Serving size, 3 slices (based on draining fat)
252 calories, 3g fat, 34g protein, 23g carbs, 2g fiber, 862 mg sodium, 8g sugar

FAT FACTS OF MEATLOAF: 3 regular slices made with beef and not draining fat
571 calories, 42g fat, 35g protein, 18g carbs, 1g fiber, 1123 mg sodium, 54mg calcium, 5g sugar

Find more delicious recipes on Nancy Fox’s website, Skinny Kitchen

Like this and hungry for more meatloaf variations that are Weight-Watchers friendly?

Try Skinny Meatloaf, Pizza Meatloaf, Mini Mexican Meatloaf Cupcakes, or Mashed Potato Meatloaf Cupcakes.

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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