Easy Recipe: Healthy Meatloaf aka Meat Muffins

When I first started dating my husband, he shared a story about how he detested meatloaf as a child and would nearly cry every time his mother served it. His sour relationship with meatloaf continued into adulthood. So when my larger-than-life grandmother first met him, served her favorite meatloaf recipe and he actually ate it, I knew he was a keeper. But it still wasn’t something either of us prepared, until a few years ago. Once our son started eating, I looked to find wholesome food that I could prepare in advance and reheat ranging from zucchini muffin bites to homemade applesauce. It was then I tested a few healthy meatloaf recipes and changed the name. Guess what…now my husband even eats the meat muffins.

Easy Recipe Healthy Meatloaf Meat Muffins

Easy Recipe: Healthy Meatloaf aka Meat Muffins
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Individual sized mini-meatloafs aka meat muffins
Recipe type: Healthy Meat Muffins
Cuisine: Meals
Serves: 10
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup steamed carrots
  • 1 cup panko (or bread crumbs)
  • ¼ cup garlic powder
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 4 eggs
  • Non-stick spray
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Steam carrots prior and cut into small pieces (size of a pencil eraser)
  3. Combine carrots, panko, garlic powder, eggs
  4. Mix combination with ground turkey
  5. Use non-stick spray to coat muffin pans
  6. Place approximately ½ mixture into each muffin tin
  7. Place a spoonful of ketchup on top of each meat muffin
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes
  9. Pull pan out of the oven, and place another spoonful of ketchup on meat muffins
  10. Bake for another 10-15 minutes
  11. Take out of oven and cool for 5 minutes

Are there any foods that your family hates that you wish you could re-invent?


  1. It’s funny my 3 year old would probably eat this, but not the 5 year old! I wish I could re-create soups they would eat! Imiss soup!

    • Caryn Sullivan

      I love soups, too. My son never really got into them. It’s so easy to sweeten soups with veggies or add hearty protein with beans, it’s too bad they will not eat them. Hopefully, since I’m not pushing it, he will be willing to try again in a few years. I guess I can’t complain about his eating habits, though, since he’s drinking green smoothies regularly. :)

  2. This recipe for Meat Muffins looks fun, easy and delicious.

    • The meat muffin recipe is one of our family favorites. I actually started calling them meat “muffins” because my husband grew up hating meatloaf. So, while these really are just mini-meatloafs, he eats them thinking they are just ground turkey muffins.

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