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Cheesy Muffin-Pan Meatloaf

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My creativity in the kitchen went to another level when I discovered that I could use common kitchen utensils in different ways. Here’s a quick, delicious and heart healthy idea for your next meal prep session or for family dinner!

If you’re looking for a way to better monitor your portions – you can’t go wrong with ideas like this!

Ingredients for 5 servings:

  • 1lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup steamed corn
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onions
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded reduced fat mozzarella
  • 10 tbsp low sodium marinara or tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped jalapeno (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms (optional)
  • chopped green onions for topping
  • spray coconut oil
  • Seasonings:
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin

Utensils: mini-loaf pan or regular muffin pan

**Remember to customize portions & ingredients to complement your diet and goals.**


  1. Set oven to 375F.
  2. Cook quinoa according to the instructions given.  After cooking, allow the quinoa to cool to room temperature.
  3. In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients, except for marinara, green onions and mozzarella. Use your hands to mix to ensure the meat is thoroughly mixed together.
  4. Spray the muffin pan with coconut oil.
  5. Evenly divide the mixture among 5 mini-loaf muffin holders, as demonstrated. If you are using a regular muffin pan, evenly divide the mixture among 10 muffin holders.
  6. Spread marinara sauce on top.  Add 2 tbsp if using 5 mini-loaves, or 1 tbsp for 10 muffins.
  7. Top with mozzarella cheese. Add 1/4 cup for each of the 5 mini-loaves, or 1/8 cup for 10 muffins.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes at 375F.  Top with chopped green onions if desired.  Allow the mini-meatloaves to cool before removing from the pan so that they do not break apart.

Approximate macros for 1 of 5 muffins:

262 calories, 16g carbohydrates, 8g fat, 34g protein, 2g fiber, 3g sugar

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