Sticky baked meatloaf with avocado & black bean salsa 2016

Sticky baked meatloaf with avocado & black bean salsa

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4

A healthy and satisfying family supper with lean turkey mince and protein-packed quinoa, with a sticky onion glaze

Nutrition and extra info

  • meatloaf only
  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal425
  • fat13g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre14g
  • protein33g
  • salt0.6g
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    For the meatloaf

    • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil, plus a little for greasing
      Rapeseed oil

      Rapeseed oil

      If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

    • 2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
    • 4 large garlic cloves, grated
    • 1 tsp allspice or mixed spice
    • 1 ½ tsp fennel seeds
      Fennel seeds

      Fennel seeds

      feh-nell seeds

      A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

    • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
    • 2 tbsp tomato purée
    • 50g quinoa



      Tiny, bead-shaped seeds (although more similarly treated like grains) with a little tail…

    • 160g grated carrot



      The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

    • 1 tsp dried oregano



      Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

    • ½ tsp ground cumin
    • 400g pack turkey leg and breast mince
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tsp black treacle

    For the salsa

    • 400g black beans, drained
    • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
    • 1 avocado, finely chopped



      Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

    • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
    • ½ small pack fresh coriander, chopped
    • 1 red chilli deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
    • juice 1 lime



      The same shape, but smaller than…


    1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line a deep 500g loaf tin with baking parchment. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan. Add the onions and fry for 10 mins, stirring occasionally until golden. Stir in the garlic and spices, toast over the heat for 3 mins, then add the purée. Scrape half into a small bowl for the topping.

    2. Stir the quinoa and 4 tbsp water into the frying pan and cook for 2 mins. Tip into a bowl, leave to cool for 5 mins, then add the carrot, oregano, cumin, turkey mince and egg. Season with black pepper and mix well. Pack into the greased tin and bake, uncovered, for 35 mins until firm.

    3. Meanwhile, mix all the salsa ingredients in a serving bowl, and add 3 tbsp water to the remaining onion mixture with the black treacle.

    4. When the meatloaf is cooked, carefully turn it out of the tin onto a shallow ovenproof dish and spread the onion mixture over the top. Return to the oven, bake for 10 mins more, then slice and serve with the salsa.

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    Chris Lawrence's picture
    Chris Lawrence
    12th Oct, 2018
    I really enjoyed this. It wasn't at all dry. Increase the veg oil to about 3 Tbs, cook the quinoa in a rich stock to slightly overcooked, double the tomato puree, and cook until just starting to dry and crack on the surface (35 minutes for me at 200 degrees). Also, it's worth adding 1 tsp of baking powder.
    fayfumbs's picture
    2nd May, 2018
    Made the meatloaf, which was very dry and crumbled when cut but the flavour was good. I accompanied it with ratatouille which added the sauce that it needed.
    30th Aug, 2017
    Very tasty, but quite dry. Will make again but with a tomato sauce to accompany next time.
    8th Nov, 2017
    Is the quinoa cooked or dry?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    9th Nov, 2017
    Thanks for your question. This recipe uses dried quinoa.
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