Harvest Turkey Meatloaf (gluten-free and dairy-free)

Hi friends! How’s the morning going?

Bella on a walk

It has finally cooled down a little bit over here -it’s so pleasant to walk around without huffing and sweating- and I took the dogs for a long walk. Bella is always down, but since it’s taken Caro a while to get the hang of walks, it can be hit or miss. It was quite a while before she would walk on a leash –she used to ride in the wagon with Liv!– and sometimes she’s into it, while other times, it’s like trying to walk a cute bag of rocks. There’s a lot of standing around when that happens. I set out the door with the pups, and figured I could take Caro back home after a block if she wasn’t feeling it. 

She lasted the entire 40 minutes, and had the sweetest smile on her face the entire time.

Caro on a walk

Proud of that sweet pup. <3

Some more adventures from the day:

Egg burritos and watermelon

Breakfast(I taught Liv the classic “pincher bite” where you get a bit of tortilla and use it to pinch up your egg. She’s officially a pro now haha.)

some errands and a trip to the mall with Liv, 

and getting caught up on life/work a little bit. My certs are due to renew (NASM and AFAA), so I’ve been putting everything together and getting it ready to send out. I’m also on pins and needles for labor watch, so I’ve been doing little things here and there to stay active and distract myself. I feel like I’m *busy* all day, but don’t have a ton of focus to be super productive. It’s weird. I’m just going to roll with it, keep watching The Voice (I’m finally caught up!) and frolic in the leaves. 😉

Livi and leaves

Speaking of Autumn-y things, I have to share this awesome turkey loaf I made the other night. I thought it would be fun to change it up and pack it full of Thanksgiving flavors with dried cranberries, fresh sage, chopped hearty veggies, and a balsamic glaze.

Harvest turkey meatloaf

Meatloaf isn’t exactly the most photogenic food, but don’t judge a loaf by it’s appearance. 😉

Harvest turkey meatloaf 2

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a whirl!


1/4 cup each of chopped onion, celery and carrot (I cheated and used the chopped mirepoix mix from Trader Joe’s, hence the giant chunk of carrot in the pic above)

1 green apple, peeled and grated

3 cloves of minced garlic

1 lb of ground turkey

1 egg

1/4 cup oats

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 heaping tablespoon chopped fresh sage

1/4 cup dried cranberries

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until well-combined. Lightly press into a greased standard loaf pan, and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50-55 minutes, until the turkey is cooked through and the juices run clear. At minute 40 of baking, add your balsamic glaze: a mix of 2 tablespoons ketchup with 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar. Allow to set for at least 10-15 minutes until serving.

Hope you have a great humpday! <3



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  1. The turkey loaf sounds delicious! I made stuffed acorn squash this week and felt like I had fast-forwarded to Thanksgiving. 🙂

    I chuckle when you write how it’s cooling off enough to make for pleasant walks. It’s cooling off so much around here that soon it will be TOO cold for pleasant walks. I think I need to get some posters of sunshine, palm trees and sandy beaches and hang them around the room where my treadmill is – if that helps motivate me to use it more, ha ha

    • Fitnessista says:

      ahhh! i need to pick up some acorn squash 🙂
      that’s so crazy. “fall” is definitely late over here this year. my brother lives in MA and it’s in the 30s already!

  2. Haha…like walking a bag of rocks. I’ve never known a dog to not like to walk. I have never made meatloaf. This may be my post Thanksgiving dinner!

  3. I had to laugh at the bag of rocks 🙂 My pup LOVES to walk but when he sees a doggy friend or really want to check something out he lies down and refuses to move haha
    Thanks for meatloaf recipe. I’ve never made one either but I bet my other hald would like it…
    And can’t wait to see how things go with baby #2

  4. hahah my sister’s scottie is getting a bit older and while he loves to go for walks and run around, his back legs sometimes struggle. so i’ve definitely had to carry him home on walks many times! luckily they have a stroller now, so he can just sit on part of that hahah.

  5. Instead of oats could I use almond meal?

  6. Ha your comments about Caroline’s walking reminds me of our one dog. He just spaces out and will stop and refuse to move. He’s about 65 lbs though so I definitely can’t carry him far. I pretty much only take him short distances when I know my husband is home and can rescue us in the car if needed. He is one of a kind 🙂

  7. OMG that pic of Caro is PRECIOUS!!!

  8. The meatloaf sounds tasty, especially the balsamic glaze! I’m pinning this to make next week. 🙂

  9. This sounds delicious!!!

  10. Caroline has come so far! What a sweetie!

  11. how did you do liv’s hair? (hearts in eyes emoji) I would love tutorials on all of them please haha
    (and what’s your secret to making her sit still so you can do her hair? does she like having it done? does she like the styles/braids?)

    • Fitnessista says:

      oh, thank you! maybe i can do a quick video with some of our favorite styles. she just stands in the bathroom and i do it super fast. she likes having it done! when she was really little, TV was the answer. she’d sit still long enough for me to quickly do something

  12. I’m loving our cool weather here! It’s such a beautiful day out today! Also, I’m impressed by the amount of recipes you have cranked out recently. 🙂

  13. Can’t wait to try this! We just did a pcs this week from Texas to Virginia, and I’m pregnant with #3. I canceled thanksgiving! Lol I think this recipe would be a nice way though to have something festive without going overboard in the kitchen. Thanks!

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