Mini Turkey Meatloaves
To me, meatloaf is a great comfort food. I grew up eating it most weeknights as it was an easy dinner for my working mom to prep in the morning and throw in the oven at night. I remember her using pre-packaged meatloaf seasoning and I wonder now what exactly was in there?! I find it so crazy how little we once knew about whole real ingredients before. The food industry sure has us fooled (but that’s a whole other post!)
I use my own seasonings which are minimal and this meatloaf still comes out tasty and moist. I used turkey meat but you can use ground beef as well (try to stick with organic or grass fed) First I sauté up a small onion with fresh spinach and sometimes I even add in mushrooms. Season it well with salt, pepper and I love Trader Joes 21 seasoning salute – it has all the essential spices in it (Onion, celery seed, cayenne pepper, parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, cumin, mustard, coriander, garlic, carrot, orange peel, lemon – see I told ya!)
Then I let it cool for a few minutes before adding it into the meat mixture which has 1 egg and 1/4 cup almond flour. You can use breadcrumbs but I like to keep it gluten free when possible. I also add in 1 tsp of Worcester sauce and 1 tsp of organic ketchup. Mix it all well and you can make it a traditional meatloaf in one pan or I love my using my mini loaf pan. This way we have ours portioned out – also great to freeze!
I like to mix 1tbs of ketchup and 1tbs of Worcester sauce and spread on top of each loaf for extra flavor! This is of course optional but it seriously makes it taste amazing! Cook them for about 30 minutes (longer if in 1 big loaf) and then pair it with a side veggie like broccoli or asparagus plus a complex carb like mashed sweet potatoes to round it all out!
How cute are they?!
These mini turkey meatloaves are gluten free and so perfectly portioned! Big on taste not on artificial ingredients!
• 1 lb organic or grass fed turkey meat (or ground beef)
• 1 egg
• ¼ cup almond flour
• 1 8oz fresh spinach
• 1 small onion diced
• 1 cup mushrooms diced (optional)
• 1tbs plus 1 tsp ketchup
• 1 tbs plus 1 tsp Worcester sauce
• 1 tsp oil (I used avocado)
• S&P to taste
• Your favorite seasonings (21 Seasoning Salute)
1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2 Heat the oil over medium high heat in a non stick pan
3 Add in onions and mushroom and cook until softened
4 Add in spinach (I tore the leaves into smaller pieces)
5 Cook until wilted
6 Let cool for a few minutes
7 Add turkey meat to large bowl
8 Crack egg into bowl
9 Add in ¼ cup almond flour
10 Add in 1 tsp of ketchup and worcester sauce
11 Add in spices (I usually do 1 tsp of each)
12 Once cooled add in spinach mix
13 Mix everything together well with a large spoon
14 Divide mixture into well greased muffin tins or cook in large meatloaf pan
15 Mix 1 Tbs of each ketchup & worcester sauce together and spread over top
16 Cook for 30 minutes (may need longer if in 1 large pan)
17 Let cool and enjoy!