Turkey Meatloaf “Cupcakes”

These ROCK!

How do you get your kids to eat their vegetables? By making them these savory cupcakes!  Just wait until you taste these. they are packed with all kinds of awesome flavor!

Ingredients

For the Meatloaf:

  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup shredded brussels sprouts
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1.2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. chipotle powder
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon

For the Frosting:

  • 5 carrots
  • 6 yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

You’ll need 2 cupcake pans and some festive cupcake papers as well. (:

I can’t even explain how much these rock! So let me just tell you how to make them.

1. Sautee all of the veggies together with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tbsp. of olive oil for about 8 minutes. This means you need to chop all of the vegetables into relatively small pieces. I chop all of the broccoli finely and shred the brussels sprouts on the Madeline, watching carefully to not include any of the stalk or pit in the sauté.

2. Once the vegetables are nicely cooked, it’s time to puree! Use a food processor or blender to blend them until they look like this: 

3. Now let the veggies cool while you mix the eggs, spices, and lemon zest into the ground turkey. Why 1.2 lbs of turkey? Well because that’s the way it’s packaged! At least that’s how I find it.

4. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Then mix the veggies together with the turkey mixture. spray your muffin pans with non-stick spray and get a 1 tbsp. scoop ready.

5. Dish 2 tbsp. into each cupcake spot, not using any of the cupcake papers. They would just get soggy if you baked the meatloaf in them. You can always make mini “cupcakes” by dishing out only 1 tbsp into each spot.

6. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Allow them to cool slightly.

7. While the meatloaf is in the oven, it’s time to make the “frosting.” To do this just boil the carrots and potatoes together with the salt for about 15 minutes. you want the potatoes to be slightly more cooked than the carrots.

8. Drain the potatoes and carrots, then mash with the milk and garlic powder. It should have the color of candy corn! By having the carrots slightly underdone, it gives the frosting texture and allows the orange and yellow colors to really stand out.

9. For Presentation: I pop the meatloaf “cupcakes” out of the pan and then place them in a cupcake paper. Then Frost each one with the “candy corn” frosting and serve!

Tweet me with any questions you have! (:

Enjoy.

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