Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Kid-Friendly, Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Brown / White, Green
Under 15 Minutes (Under 30 Minutes)
If you’re looking for a creative and hearty way to use turkey, these Meatloaf Muffins are your answer.
They’re also an easy lunch or dinner idea that kids will surely love. Especially if they’re picky eaters! With this recipe, it’s your chance to sneak in vegetables as well since the muffin is already cooked and baked. You can make these with ground beef, too – just substitute the turkey for beef and add some chopped onion!
You’re probably used to seeing a whole slab of meatloaf, but putting them in muffin pans is fun too! Baking it in the oven using lean turkey meat is a healthier alternative to the usual meatloaf because turkey is leaner and has less saturated fat than beef or pork. You can also pack these for snacks since they’re individually portioned.
There are so many great veggies in this dish, including carrots, celery, and kale. Carrots benefit eye health, and they also boost immunity and keep our minds sharp. Celery supports digestion and reduces inflammation. The cruciferous vegetable kale contains powerful antioxidants and is a great source of vitamins A, B6, C, and K. Yellow onions have antibacterial properties and provide amazing layers of flavor within the meatloaves. Now, you’ll really want to mix these veggies into your meatloaf! Finally, the turkey is not only a great source of protein; it’s also filled with B vitamins and packed with minerals.
Feel free to add any vegetables on hand. We suggest adding bell peppers for more color, sweetness, and crunchy texture. You can also substitute turkey with lean ground chicken. Watch your use of coconut aminos! Although it’s soy, wheat, and gluten-free substitute for soy sauce, it may not be appropriate for all dietary restrictions.
If you don’t have an aversion to yeast but want a dairy-free alternative to cheese, we highly suggest sprinkling nutritional yeast on top of the muffins before baking. This is also another way to get your B vitamins that you’d usually get from meat, fish, poultry, and eggs.
Unlike traditional meatloaf, we love that they are individually portioned, so serving them is super simple.
Serve these muffin-sized meatloaves with a side of steamed veggies, and dinner is served! They’re delicious on their own (maybe with a little ketchup), but we’d suggest some roasted asparagus, cauliflower, and carrots.
And for when you are done, we think a healthy pudding makes for a great dessert with meatloaf. But, that is a recipe for a different day.
Meatloaf Muffins also make a great freezer meal! Just prepare the meat into muffin tins, then wrap in foil and freeze. To cook them frozen or not? Simply unwrap each one and place it on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper – use an oven timer to see when they’re finished cooking.
The kitchen gear you’ll need to make the meatloaf muffins is a muffin tin, cooking spray, a large bowl or food processor, a grater, and an oven. Just follow the recipe below, and we will walk you through it.
We hope you enjoyed this recipe for meatloaf muffins. These are an easy weeknight dinner that’s perfect for making ahead and freezing or a healthy dish your family will love!
Eat well and stay healthy!
The Meatloaf Muffins recipe is great for people with liver conditions and who want to improve their health. Check our 21-day meal plan to see breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.