Turkey Meat Loaf & Green Bean Toss Turkey Meat Loaf & Green Bean Toss

Photography: Maya Visnyei | Food styling: Claire Stubbs | Prop styling: Geary House

We’ve lightened up this dinner classic and added a side of spinach and green beans for a health-forward meal that will satisfy and nourish hungry stomachs. 

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour


Spinach Vinaigrette:
Charred Green Bean Toss:


Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with foil. 

In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, stirring, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute. Push onion mixture to edge of pan. Add tomato paste to centre; cook, stirring, for 40 seconds. Stir in onion mixture; remove from heat.

In food processor, pulse bread until in fine crumbs. Transfer to large bowl; stir in milk. Add bacon and chipotle chilies to food processor; pulse until bacon is finely chopped. Add bacon mixture, onion mixture, turkey, Parmesan, parsley, eggs, salt and pepper to bread crumb mixture; stir to combine. Divide mixture in half. Form each into 8-inch loaf on prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes. 

In small bowl, stir together ketchup and adobo sauce. Brush all over loaves; bake for 15 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted in centres reads 160°F.

Spinach Vinaigrette: Meanwhile, in 2-cup liquid measure or small bowl, combine baby spinach, oil, vinegar, garlic, green onion, honey and salt; using immersion blender, purée until smooth. 

Charred Green Bean: Toss In bowl, toss green beans and green onions with oil. 

In cast-iron skillet, working in 2 batches, cook over high heat, tossing, until charred, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to bowl; add baby spinach and Spinach Vinaigrette, tossing to coat. Serve with meat loaf. 

Test Kitchen Tip: Cooking the tomato paste caramelizes it, opening up the concentrated tomato to reveal a deeper flavour profile.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Nutritional facts PER EACH OF 8 SERVINGS: about

  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sodium 994 mg
  • Sugars 10 g
  • Protein 29 g
  • Calories 462
  • Total fat 30 g
  • Potassium 704 mg
  • Cholesterol 151 mg
  • Saturated fat 8 g
  • Total carbohydrate 20 g


  • Iron 24
  • Folate 54
  • Calcium 35
  • Vitamin A 215
  • Vitamin C 23
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Turkey Meat Loaf & Green Bean Toss