So I used to love having cold meatloaf sandwiches for work. They were the absolute best, and could improve even the most depressing day immeasurably. Two slices white bread, buttered, with lashing of ketchup and cold meatloaf… they were amazing. However, they weren’t the skinniest thing, even if they were pretty good on the protein front.

I came up with a recipe for turkey loaf instead, based on an old Hairy Biker’s meatloaf recipe. They come in at around 200 calories per slice, plus obviously any salad/dressing you might want to have alongside it.

It also takes absolutely no culinary skill whatsoever to make, and takes around one hour to bake, slice and refrigerate.



  • 500g 2% fat lean turkey mince
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 50g mature cheddar cheese
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 1 small onion, very finely diced
  • 100g cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • Good handful of chopped, fresh basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper

Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper, and lightly spritz with frylight. Preheat oven to 190 degrees.

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl with your hands until well combined, transfer to the loaf tin and smush into shape. Cover with foil and bake for thirty minutes. Remove foil, and continue baking for another thirty minutes or so, or until centre is cooked through and juices run clear. Allow to stand for five or ten minutes, and slice into six portions.

You can eat with some coleslaw, or even mashed potato and baked beans for dinner. Could also make into a sandwich, complete with lashings of ketchup!




Skinny Turkey Loaf