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Turkey Barley Loaf

Meal: Dinner 


Cooking spray

1 large egg white (or 3 tablespoons of egg substitute)

1 tablespoon fat-free milk

1 pound 90% or higher lean ground turkey

1 cup cooked barley, cooked without salt

1/2 cup shredded carrot

1/4 cup chopped green onions

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 medium garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Cook barley as directed if using dried. Chop and shred vegetables while barley cooks.
  3. In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg white and milk. Add the remaining turkey loaf ingredients. Gently combine using your hands or a spoon. Place in the pan.
  4. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, or until the turkey registers 165°F on an instant-read thermometer. Remove the pan from the oven. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Cut into 4 slices.

For more information on this recipe and healthy cooking, Spartanburg Regional’s registered dietitian, Kerri Lindberg, recommends visiting

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