Meatloaf has never been a meal I have gotten excited about – until now. Growing up, it wasn’t really a staple, but more of a “we’re tired of all the other beef recipes so let’s do this” kind of meal. However, I kept seeing all these meatloaf cupcakes pop up on Pinterest, and I thought I would give it a try. This recipe is based on the one from Wellness Mama. I do love a good freezer meal and I’ve grown fond of things that can be cooked in a muffin tin. As an added bonus, my toddler is much more likely to try something new the first time it’s offered if it is shaped like a cupcake.
Dave was over the first time I decided to give these a try, so I made a batch with ground beef and a batch with ground turkey. Like meatloaf, I don’t generally get excited about ground turkey, but much to my surprise, I enjoyed the turkey ones far better than the ground beef ones. I will work on getting the beef ones as tasty, but in the meantime I am excited to share! These reheat well and I imagine they would freeze well, but we haven’t had them last long enough to try yet. Please enjoy!
- 2 lb ground turkey
- 1 medium onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup almond meal (flour or your favorite flour substitute works great depending on dietary needs)
- 2 tbsp liquid aminos (soy sauce, tamari, or Worcestershire sauce are great alternatives)
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- ½ tsp black pepper
- For topping: 5 – 6 small to medium sweet potatoes
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 375
- Bake sweet potatoes (45 min –1 hr depending on size)
- Finely mince the onion – I pulse in my mini-chopper until it’s almost pureed. A blender would work well here too.
- Mix together turkey, onion, garlic, eggs, almond meal, liquid aminos, and seasoning
- Spoon into lined muffin pan, about ¾ full
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until cooked through. I put these in when potatoes have been in for about 30 minutes
- Take the meat and potatoes from oven
- Remove potatoes from skins. Mash with coconut oil and put into pastry bag with piping tip to make it pretty (a Ziploc bag with the end snipped off works well also!).
- Remove the “cupcakes” from the pan and top with the potatoes.
We included the baking of the sweet potatoes as part of the prep time. We generally work on mixing the meatloaf batter while the sweet potatoes are baking. Then we place the meatloafs in the oven when the potatoes have cooked for 30-45 minutes.