Clean Detox Recipes: Ground Turkey Meatloaf

by Pamela

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We made it though another year, 2010 is gone and 2011 is now upon us – congratulate yourself!

That being said, with the coming of a new year usually comes a slew of resolutions.  I don’t know about you, but I pretty much gave up the whole resolution thing a long time ago.  Too much stress, too many disappointments to start out the new year and usually something that I either don’t need to do or could never do even with my over achieving ways.  So good riddance!

But, after having successfully completed a clean detox back in the Fall of ’09 (and then subsequently completed mini cleanses since then), I thought the start of the new year would be a great time to do a full on clean detox again.  Of course, doing the occasional cleanse is a good thing but after a month of eating things like bourbon peanut butter cups, bacon peanut brittle and spiced ginger caramel sauce leaves you feeling a little sluggish, it’s more like mandatory.

The one thing that’s usually wrong with cleanses, or the thing that makes most people quit a cleanse, is the lack of food.  One can not live on water, lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for very long.  I know, without food, I turn into a raving bitch lunatic…so my cleanse has to include food.  Even though the program that I follow includes actual food, there’s not enough variety of clean detox recipes for my liking.  Of course, that might also just be my problem with feeling confined if I don’t have enough choices (paging Dr. Phil).

Back in 2009 I started creating clean eating recipes that not only worked with the program, but tasted good too.  The taste was paramount since Craig wasn’t doing the cleanse with me and I wasn’t going to cook two different meals for us.  So far, he’s liked all of the clean recipes that I’ve cooked for him.  It’s much easier if your partner is doing the program with you, but as long as they are supporting you (which is much easier if they are eating and enjoying the same food as you) that makes sticking to the program much easier.

So today is day one and I thought I would start off with something simple, warm and comforting – ground turkey meatloaf.  Okay, I can hear you saying “bleh.”  But don’t knock it ’til you try it.  There’s a couple of different twists to this recipe.  The first is the addition of amaranth (in place of bread crumbs) and ground flax meal (in place of eggs).  The clean program that I follow calls for the elimination of bread (wheat) and eggs from the diet.  Amaranth, a grain related to quinoa, has excellent absorbing qualities so it’s a wonderful addition to clean detox recipes.  When cooked, amaranth doesn’t have quite the same consistency as most grains either, it’s not a grain with crunch, it’s fairly mushy when cooked so it works well in the turkey meatloaf.

What’s meatloaf without a tangy topping?  This tropical and tangy topping is definitely something to add to your clean recipes, or regular recipes for that matter.  It’s bright tropical sweet and sour flavor is the perfect accompaniment to the meatloaf but would also be perfect served over halibut or another white fish.

So why don’t you join me on this journey…the more the merrier.  We can meet here and motivate each other.  If you would like to see some more of my clean recipes you can find them here: Clean Detox Recipes.

Relationship Advice

facebook-statusThe start of the new year doesn’t just mean trying to get back into those size 2 jeans you wore way back when.  Sometimes it means a change in your relationship status.  If you’re cool, you’ve got a Facebook page on which you tell the world about what and who you’re doing.  These are some status choices we would like to see.  Of course, I’d like to add a couple: In a relationship with a 1/2 gallon of ice cream, Whoring it up, Rocking a fake engagement ring, Exclusively seeing my magic rabbit. (Buzzfeed)


Ground Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Makes 1 9″ x 5″ loaf


  • 1 Pound Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 Cup Amaranth
  • 1 Tablespoon Flax Meal (mixed with 2 tablespoons of water and set aside for 5 minutes)*
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 Carrots (chopped fine)
  • 1 Celery Stalk (chopped fine)
  • 1 Small Apple (grated)
  • 1 Small Onion (peeled and grated)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Mustard
  • 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • Sea Salt (to taste)
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper (to taste)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Lightly oil a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan with olive oil.

Pour turkey mixture into loaf pan and make sure that it is level.

Bake for 1 hour.  Meatloaf will pull away from sides when it is done.

Remove from oven and let sit for 15 – 20 minutes to allow the moisture to be re-absorbed back into the meatloaf.

Pineapple Sauce Recipe

Makes 3/4 cup of sauce


  • 3/4 Pound Fresh Pineapple (or canned with water – chopped small)
  • 1 Small Red Onion (chopped small)
  • 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 1 1 inch piece of fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Rice Syrup
  • Sea Salt (to taste)
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper (to taste)


In a 2 quart saucepan, over medium high heat add all of the ingredients.

Stir occasionally as ingredients heat up and pineapple begins to break down.

Continue cooking until liquids almost disappear.

Using a stick blender (or regular blender) puree ingredients until a slightly chunky consistency is achieved.

Serve slices of meatloaf with pineapple sauce spooned over the top.

*Flax meal, when turned into a paste with water, is an excellent substitute for egg in this dish.


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Jayanthi March 19, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Hi…love your blog. Will ground chicken be good for this recipe too? Thanks!

Pamela March 20, 2011 at 9:48 am

Yes, ground chicken would be great in this recipe. Keep an eye on them when they’re cooking because ground chicken has even less fat in it than ground turkey. You’ll probably only need to bake these for 30 minutes with the foil on and another 10 with the foil off. To help with keeping them moist, you could also brush the tops of the meatballs with a light coat of olive oil before baking. This will also help them brown faster when you cook them without the foil.

Jayanthi March 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Thank you Pamela 🙂

Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks January 15, 2011 at 12:04 am

Happy New Year late. I’m catching up on your posts. I’ve done the lemonade cleanse and didn’t care for it and more recently was fasting one day a week. But, I agree eating cleaner is a lot easier. I’ll try your meatloaf and report back – I’m liking the apples in it already.

runnermom January 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Im going to try your recipe – we made it through week one of our first cleanse! I wanted to know, is there a substitution for the amaranth? Maybe brown rice, I couldnt find any at my grocery!

Pamela January 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Congrats on the week! You could substitute ground/crushed quinoa for the amaranth (any color). If you can’t find that use ground brown rice. The problem with using either the quinoa or the rice whole is that the cooking time isn’t really long enough to cook either of those thoroughly, which will result in some pretty crunchy meatloaf. If you crush up or grind the quinoa you’ll get a much better outcome. The rice pretty much would need to be ground in order for it to cook through. Just use equal measurements to that given for the amaranth.

Keep looking for the amaranth because it really is a great grain to add to your meals. You can buy amaranth online by clicking the word amaranth in this sentence.

Dina January 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm

great recipe!

Brian @ A Thought For Food January 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Who would really post “fuck buddy”? Whoever they are… I applaud their honesty.

sippitysup January 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I have just learned to live with the toxins! GREG

Monet January 5, 2011 at 8:31 am

I enjoy your method of detox so much more! This meatloaf looks healthy and delicious. The sauce you spread on top sounds just heavenly. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe, and thank you for your kind words on my blog. They mean so much to me!

blackbookkitchendiaries January 5, 2011 at 7:44 am

wow that pineapple sauce looks so good… thank you for sharing it. have a great day.

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit January 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Great idea! Hubby and I have been trying to eat better for several months now, but the holidays made it very difficult and now we’re both ready to get back on track. I love quinoa, but have never tried amaranth. Your meatloaf sounds really delicious, especially with that sauce! 🙂

Pamela January 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I’m still working on the husband part. He had some of this meatloaf but he’s eating up the last remnants of “good luck” dinner for New Year’s day. He swears there’s only one meal left and then he’s all in. He will be because he’s too lazy to make his own dinner and he knows I’ll kill him if I smell Taco Bell on his breath. 😉

jen cheung January 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I never tried turkey meatloaf before but it looks delicious in the pictures. All I ever tried was beef meat loaf – maybe I should give it a try one day eh? YUMMS.

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penny aka jeroxie January 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Ground turkey meatloaf sounds good to me right now… been having too much rich foods lately… blergggg

Heather @ Multiply Delicious January 4, 2011 at 9:37 am

I totally agree with you on the cleanse. I would be a total crazy woman if there was no food involved. Trust me I’ve tried and it’s not a pretty scene.
Love the healthy approach to your new year and your meatloaf looks great and I love all the clean ingredients you used. I will have to try soon. Have you ever heard of the Clean Eating magazine? Great magazine with great recipes.
Happy New Year!!

Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro January 4, 2011 at 8:56 am

Happy New Year, Pam! I turn into a raging lunatic too, when I don’t eat. Whole foods are always better. 🙂 And I’m with Marla; no formal resolutions… just “doing better.”


marla {family fresh cooking} January 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Pamela, I agree with you. I am a total nut job without regular meals. I could never do a liquid based cleanse. I too opt for whole food, all natural meals like this great Turkey Meatloaf you have right here. No resolutions here either, just keep on doing the right thing 😉 xo

claudia lamascolo January 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm

This is a great start! Love the healthy approach for sure!


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