Budget-Friendly Herb Garlic Meatloaf

Budget-Friendly Herb Garlic Meatloaf
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This savory budget-friendly meat loaf is just as good as classic meatloaf. Our diabetes-friendly version is made with lean ground turkey and is seasoned with fresh herbs and garlic. For a complete meal, serve with over roasted sweet potatoes (they can roast alongside the meatloaf in the oven) and a nonstarchy vegetable side or simple green salad.

  • Prep time
    10 min
  • Cook time
    35 min
  • Servings
    6 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 slice
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

6 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 slice
  • Amount per serving Calories 190

  • Total Fat 7g
    • Saturated Fat 2.1g
    • Trans Fat 0.1g
  • Cholesterol 75mg
  • Sodium 430mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 9g
    • Dietary Fiber 0g
    • Total Sugars 6g
  • Protein 20g
  • Potassium 330mg
  • Phosphorus 205mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1/2 Carbohydrate, 3 Lean protein, 1/2 Fat



  • nonstick cooking spray
  • whole wheat bread
    1 slice
  • egg substitute
    1/4 cup
  • lean ground turkey
    20 oz
  • garlic (minced)
    2 clove
  • fresh oregano
    1 tbsp
  • fresh basil (chopped)
    1 tbsp
  • ketchup (divided)
    1/2 cup
  • salt
    1/4 tsp
  • black pepper
    1/2 tsp
  • balsamic vinegar
    2 tbsp


  1. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, break up the piece of whole wheat bread into pea-sized pieces. Add egg and mix well.

  3. Add turkey, garlic, oregano, basil, 1/4 cup ketchup, salt (optional) and ground black pepper. Mix well.

  4. Press the turkey mixture into the loaf pan tightly. Put in oven to bake for 20 minutes.

  5. While meatloaf is baking, whisk together remaining 1/4 cup of ketchup, balsamic vinegar and hot sauce (optional).

  6. After the meatloaf has baked for 20 minutes, pour the ketchup and balsamic glaze over the meatloaf. Return to the oven to bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meatloaf is 165 degrees F.

  7. Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes, then slice into 6 equal portions.

  • Recommended

    This meatloaf was delicious. I’m not diabetic, but trying to eat more healthy. The recipe really has a lot of flavor, and I would eat it on a day I wasn’t trying to have better food choices. I highly recommend this. It’s worth it!

  • Recommended

    Wow this meatloaf recipe, although it didn't hold it's shape and crumbled when I served it, was the most delicious recipe I've ever tasted, the topping balsamic vinegar and ketchup was what made it taste so good,, I didn't have fresh herbs so I used dry in tsp, not sure why it was so crumbly. Maybe instead of bread soaked in egg whites add real whole wheat bread crumbs or oatmeal? It needed something to hold it together.

  • Not recommended

    The meatloaf was crumbly, and didn't like sauce on top.