Ordinary meatloaf, beware. This Turkey Meatloaf recipe is sure to blow that dinner standby right off the table. For starters, it’s made with ground turkey instead of ground beef, so it’s a healthier option than the traditional recipe. Plus, once you slice into this moist dish you’ll find another surprise–it’s stuffed with cheese, spinach, onions, and tons of other delicious extras. Whatever your kiddies can’t finish for dinner will make a perfect sandwich for the next day’s lunch. We promise you won’t be going back to that traditional meatloaf anytime soon after you’ve tried this. Serves 6-8.

florentine meatloaf

1 1/4 lb ground turkey
1 c spaghetti sauce, divided
1/2 c Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 c finely chopped onion
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp fennel seed, crushed (optional)
1 package (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
3/4 c low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8- or 9- inch loaf pan with foil with dull side toward food.

2. Combine ground turkey, 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce, bread crumbs, onion, eggs, Parmesan cheese and fennel seed in medium bowl.

3. Press half of turkey mixture into foil-lined pan. Press a 1-inch indentation down center of mixture, leaving 1-inch thickness on all sides.

4. Toss spinach and mozzarella cheese together; spoon into indentation, mounding in center. Press remaining turkey mixture evenly over top, sealing edges.

5. Bake 45 to 50 minutes. Spoon remaining spaghetti sauce over meat loaf. Bake 15 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes.

recipe courtesy of Nikki at Seeded at the Table

photo courtesy of Mylinda at My Better Bite