Mini Turkey Meatloaves – A Clean Eating Recipe

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Alternately titled: What I Eat for Lunch Almost Everyday.  This is one of my favorite go-to recipes because it’s packed with protein and fiber, low in fat and carbohydrates, tastes really yummy and is filling too, plus there’s hardly any effort required during the week when you’re so busy and can’t be bothered with any meal prep that takes longer than 5 minutes.  I like to make these mini turkey meatloaves in muffin tins because 1.) they cook faster than in a loaf pan, so even if you’re not making these ahead, you can have dinner ready in about 40 minutes and 2.) they are perfectly and neatly portioned.  I usually make a batch at the beginning of the week and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator, grabbing a couple at lunchtime throughout the week.

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My grocery store just started carrying organic, free range ground turkey which makes me so happy, but you could use whatever ground meat you wanted.  I always say go for the highest quality meat you can afford – it’s better for you, usually the environment and tastes better.  Ground chicken actually holds flavor a little better so that’s my second choice, but you could use (and I have used) beef as well for a more traditional meatloaf experience.

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This comes together very easily – just mash up all the ingredients and spoon in to muffin tins.  And no, you do not need a Kitchenaid mixer to make this recipe however if you do have one, use it!  Saves your hands the ewwy-gewwy work and mixes up super fast.

Make Ahead Meal: Eat Clean Turkey Meatloaf Muffins Recipe | All Sorts of Pretty

Make Ahead Meal: Eat Clean Turkey Meatloaf Muffins Recipe | All Sorts of Pretty

The topping is totally optional, but I just love the extra flavor it adds so I never miss it.  Find the lowest sugar (no high-fructose corn syrup) ketchup you can find and add a little bit of dried mustard and a sweetener of choice.  I like to use xylitol because it’s granular, but you could also use honey, Splenda, stevia – and yes, regular sugar (or brown sugar) if you prefer.

Make Ahead Meal: Eat Clean Turkey Meatloaf Muffins Recipe | All Sorts of Pretty

Make Ahead Meal: Eat Clean Turkey Meatloaf Muffins Recipe | All Sorts of PrettyTo reheat these, I pop em in the microwave for 2 minutes on 50% power and that usually gets them heated all the way through.  A serving size is two or three of these muffins, and pair it with a salad or some extra veggies on the side and you have one delicious, healthy meal that requires very little effort after the making the batch.  These travel well too, so take these to work or even in a cooler on a road trip (Parker and I packed some in our cooler when we drove up to Maryland a couple weeks ago – we didn’t reheat them, obviously, but they were still good).  Enjoy!

Clean-Eating Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

Ingredients

1 lb. ground turkey

1 cup grated zucchini (or more if you have some left over – throw it all in there!)

1/2 cup oats

2 egg whites

1/3 cup chopped onion

1 Tablespoon garlic powder

1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

For the topping:

1/2 cup ketchup (low sugar, no HFCS)

2 Tablespoons sweetener of choice (brown sugar, xylitol, Splenda, honey)

2 teaspoons dried mustard

Directions

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix all ingredients, either by hand or with a standmixer, until well combined.  Spoon equal amounts in to a 12-cup muffin tin.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Take out and spoon ketchup mixture on top, and place back in oven for remaining 5 minutes.

Serve immediately, or once cooled, place in airtight container and store in the refrigerator.  To reheat, place two or three on microwave safe plate in microwave at 50% power for 2 minutes or until heated completely through.

PS – how about this for dessert?

46 Responses to “Mini Turkey Meatloaves – A Clean Eating Recipe”

    • Katy

      Aw, Crystal – you just made my day! Huge smile right now. Thank you! (And I just checked out your blog – WOW. I will be writing you soon to maybe talk about featuring your work for a Daily Dose?)

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    • Katy

      WOW! Thanks so much for the comment letting me know I left that part out! It’s 350 and I just updated the recipe to reflect that. Sorry about that :)

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  1. Katie

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I tried it tonight and they turned out so delicious. My husband thought they were awesome too! I think these will become a weekly staple for us.

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    • Katy

      Aw, I’m so glad! These are definitely a weekly staple for us too. Sometimes I’ll mash up sweet potatoes for a healthier version of meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Thanks for the comment, Katie :)

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  2. Debbie

    I made these tonight and love them! Thanks for sharing! Definitely a staple from now on!

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    • Katy

      Oh great!! So glad they were hit at your house, Debbie! Thanks so much for leaving a sweet comment :)

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  3. Daina

    This is such a great website! Thanks for posting, I’ll be trying these tonight.

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    • Katy

      Aw, you just made my day! Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Daina :)

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  4. Nicole

    Could you use grated carrot if you don’t have enough zucchini?

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    • Katy

      Oh, yum, that sounds good! I’ve never thought of that before, but it might work. Carrots are denser than zucchini so you might get more of a texture using it, but I would still try it. If you do try it, let me know how it goes! I’m interested to see if you have success :)

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  5. Nicole

    With carrots it was amazing!! And i used maple syrup as my sweetener in the sauc and it was amazing too!!!! Love this recipe!

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    • Katy

      Oh YUM!! That sounds amazing! Thanks for letting me know, I will have to try it that way! :)

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  6. clare

    Hi Katy!

    Love your blog. I am grain free. What would be a good alternative for the oats and how much? I really want to make this! : )

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    • Katy

      Hmmm..I’m really not sure since I haven’t tried any alternatives with this recipe. You could try eliminating the oats altogether and seeing how it turns out. Whatever you try, let me know! :)

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      • Jessie

        I bet almond flour would work! I use those in meatballs and it works wonderfully. I’m not grain free but my husband did paleo for a little while.

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  7. Krystal

    I’m curious…do you think oat bran would work in place of the oats??

    Thanks!

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  8. Jeanne Sheehan

    I made the muffins tonight and they stuck to the tin, even though I had sprayed the cups. Nobody else had this problem? I also put cranberry sauce on top of half to try it and it was very good.

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    • Katy

      That does sound good with the cranberry sauce! Sorry they stuck to the top, I haven’t had that problem before. Did you use a non-stick muffin tin?

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  9. Trish

    Tried this recipe and loved it! I have a question though; can this be made into loaf form? (non muffin)and if so will I need to alter the time or temperature?

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  10. Lauree

    Love love love….and so does my family…eating clean doesn’t have to be bland!! I’m making this a weekly dinner!

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  11. Caitlin

    These are great for quick lunches and my boys love them. A weekly staple in our house!

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  12. Katherine

    I made these last week and mom and room mate loved so much I’m making them both a batch this Sunday. I did however take out the zucchini and replace it with celery and carrots for a crunch effect.

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  13. Jamie

    Made these tonight and they were super easy and tasty! These will definitely be a new staple for me!

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  14. Lita

    What is the nutritional info for these with the topping? This looks like a great recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

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  15. Michelle

    Gonna try this this week! We are a clean eating family happy to have found this recipe to try!
    Questions…
    1 – If i want to use whole eggs (not just yolks).. should i use two whole eggs?
    2 – Can i make this in loaf form with out timing and temp changes?
    3 – also was thinking of adding chopped celery and carrots ..while keeping the zucchini. would that work?

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  16. Erin Reasoner

    A hit with the 12 and 6 year olds! I used chopped frozen spinach instead of zucchini and it worked great! Sauce on top was very good! The 6 year old wanted more on his portion!

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  17. Kristen

    I just made these tonight! :) Do you know how long these will last in the refrigerator before I’d have to freeze them? I made the batch of 12 for myself, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to eat all 12 this week. Thanks!

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  18. Abby

    Can you substitute cooked quinoa for the oats? If so, how much would you think? Just the half cup?

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  19. Yessenia Singh

    I just made these tonight and they are awesome! I highly recommend them.

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  20. Cartoon Ki

    Make a batch of these at the beginning of the week grab them as you need a quick, clean meal! Anytime I eat these around someone they always ask me for the recipe!

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  21. Laurie

    I can’t eat oats, was thinking of using stuffing as alternative???, I know it cuts out the wholly “clean” part. Was also thinking of adding apples, maybe half with the zucchini. Thoughts??

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  22. Tyvek Veni

    If you like this recipe, also check out my post featuring a Clean Eating Spicy Meatloaf recipe which uses ground beef. I bet you could make them in muffins tins too but I have yet to try!

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  23. Tori

    Was back on this page since I’ve been craving these, and just realized I haven’t reviewed them! I really love these mini meatloaves – they freeze wonderfully, have great flavour, and are very Weight Watcher-friendly. I used quick oats in these and they turned out great! Can’t wait to make ’em again for lunches/quick dinners this week :)

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  24. Eileen

    How do I print one of your recipes? I don’t see the option on your website. (Mini turkey meatballs.)

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  25. Jen

    Do you know which containers this uses for the 21 day fix program?

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  26. Fran Rokous

    My husband & I Love these Turkey Meatloaves.
    Can’t wait to make them again!
    TY

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