It’s a daily struggle for home cooks everywhere to try and put something together for dinner that contains lean proteins and a side of veggies, but then you have to get your family to actually eat it. These Turkey Meatloaf-Mini’s just might do the trick! Not only are they cute as heck, but you can whip them up in no time and have dinner on the table in about 30 minutes.
Ground turkey has a reputation for being dry and lacking in the flavor department but with higher protein levels, lower fat content and vitamin rich it makes a healthy alternative to red meat. The addition of apples keeps the meat moist and rich while the tang of the tomato paste ensures it isn’t too sweet. While this will always be my favorite meatloaf recipe, this one comes in a close second ;)
Whip these up for dinner as directed or make into one large loaf for the entire family. Serve along side some fresh steamed veggies or Cauli-Taters and you’re sure to have a healthy and tasty meal your whole family will enjoy.
Turkey Meatloaf Mini’s
Serves 4 (makes 8 mini’s or 1 loaf)
1 lb ground turkey
½ onion, finely chopped
½ granny smith apple peeled, cored and finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh chopped Italian parsley
Tomato paste or ketchup
Preheat your oven to 375º and combine all ingredients through tomato paste, into a large bowl. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and using an ice cream scoop, evenly distribute the meatloaf mixture into 8 wells. Garnish the tops of each mini with the tomato paste or ketchup and transfer to your preheated oven. Bake 15-20 minutes.
If making a loaf, transfer the mixture to a pre-greased loaf pan and bake at the same temperature for 45 minutes.
I served these little guys along side my Cauli-Taters (cauliflower mashed potatoes) but they would be just as great with regular old mashed potatoes and a green veggie.