Quick & Easy Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Meatloaf

If you want, sprinkle herbs like basil, thyme, & oregano on top

It’s cold and dreary outside so it’s time for some comfort food to warm us up. This quick and fun meatloaf recipe will tingle the taste buds – plus, it is the perfect recipe for a dinner party for four or six, with leftovers for sandwiches!  Get the meatloaf oven-ready and refrigerate well before your guests arrive and pop it into the oven as the doorbell rings. It will cook while you nibble some appetizers and make a few toasts.

You can pair this meatloaf with a make-ahead apple and beet salad and some mashed potatoes.

You need:
Oven and stove
Baking dish
15 minutes for preparation
45 to 1 hour minutes cooking

1 1/2 pounds – ground turkey
1/2 cup – bread crumbs, or crushed unflavored crackers
2 cups – tomatoes, red peppers or both, de-stemed but unchopped for roasting
1/2 cup – fresh spinach
1/2 cup – fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup – fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon – white or red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons – Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons – olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 small yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 egg, beaten


  • Heat oven to 400° F.
  • Heat a frying pan on the stove on high. It should heat up very quickly. Place the tomatoes and/or red peppers on the heated pan. Let each side cook just enough to get a spot of black. Take off heat and let cool.
  • Combine the turkey, onion, bread crumbs, egg, herbs, greens, celery, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Chop the cooled tomatoes or red peppers into 1/2 inch pieces and mix them in too. Shape the meat into an loaf and place in a baking dish.
  • Put it in the oven. While it is baking, whisk the olive oil, mustard, vinegar, and dashes of salt and pepper together in a bowl. After 30 minutes of baking, take it out and drizzle the mixture on top. Put it in the oven for another 15 minutes, or until there is no trace of pink remaining – the internal temperature should be 165° F.  Let it rest a few minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!

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