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This meat loaf recipe is very easy to make and way healthier than what your mom used to make. 

For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:

Meat loaf

1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 (16 ounce) package ground turkey
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce (I use Sriracha but any will do)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper


Glaze

2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon water

Step 1: Getting Started on the Loaf

1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat.

2. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Step 2: Prep the Oven

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F

Step 3: Prepping Onions for Filling

1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.

2. Add the garlic and cook for another minute; remove from heat to cool.

Step 4: Making the Loaf

1. Stir the turkey, cooked quinoa, onions, tomato paste, hot sauce, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire, egg, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl  or mixer until well combined. The mixture will be moist, don't stress over this.

2. Shape into a loaf on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet.

Step 5: Making the Glaze

1. Combine the brown sugar, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire, and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl.

2. Rub the glaze over the top of the meatloaf. I do this with a spoon as the loaf will be sticky. 

Step 6: Baking the Loaf

1. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 50 minutes. You can cut into the center or use a meat thermometer. 

2.  Let the meatloaf cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Step 7: Serving the Loaf.

Slice into portions and plate with any sides you see fit. I like to  serve it sauteed zucchini, yellow squash, and simple spinach and cherry tomato salad.

I hope you enjoy this healthier version of a classic dish. 
These look awesome.
Yum. A great use of quinoa, too!

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