Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf Muffins with Mashed Cauliflower


I’m drooling. On this plate. As I stuff my face with these little cute amazing balls of turkey quinoa meatloaf filled with mashed cauliflower and placed on top of a beautiful bed of ketchup brown sugar sauce. Oh my bajeezus.

It’s like a party in my mouth.

And it’s healthy. Win win.


I’m currently stuck on the couch still battling that seriously strong cold that almost but didn’t quite go away last week and is now back in full force. I gained enough strength to make this delicious meal, and am now back to my domestic hideaway on the couch feeling like I ran a marathon I’m so exhausted.

I love being lazy because of a serious cold said no one ever.

On the plus side, I’ve gotten through a season and a half of the tv show Bones.

I love it and it makes me feel like I’m smart just listening to Emily Deschanel talk.


But back to the meatloaf. Nothing could be more perfect for a lunch box, an after school snack, or a light dinner.

These puppies are so easy to make. Just sautee the veggies, cook the quinoa, mix in the ground turkey, add the mash and sauce, and you’re all set.

And now please excuse me while I get back to the my new favorite tv show and a big plate of the best turkey meatloaf evaaa.

Peace, yo.


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Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf Muffins with Mashed Cauliflower
Serves: 18 muffins
For the meatloaf:
  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 2 packages of ground turkey (16 ounces), thawed
  • ⅓ cup carrots, chopped finely
  • ½ cup onions, chopped
  • ½ cup spinach, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
For the mashed cauliflower:
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • Pepper to taste
For the sauce:
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small pan, sauté the onion, carrots, and garlic in the olive oil until the onion is translucent and the carrots are soft.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the turkey, quinoa, sautéed vegetables, and spinach. Add the salt and worcestershire sauce and mix.
  4. Shape the mixture into small balls and place them into muffin trays. Spread the mixture up the sides until there's a small hole in the center of the muffin.
  5. Bake on the lowest rack for 30 minutes, or until the turkey is golden brown and there is no pink in the meat.
  6. Bring the cauliflower and water to a boil in a large pot and cook until the cauliflower is tender and can be easily stabbed with a fork.
  7. Drain the cauliflower and place it in a blender.
  8. Add the milk, salt, and pepper and blend until smooth.
  9. Heat the ketchup and brown sugar in a small pan until the brown sugar is melted.
  10. When the juice in the hole of the meatloaf is absorbed, fill the middle with the mashed cauliflower, and serve with the sauce.



  1. Amy C says

    This was a great dinner! So easy to make and included all the things I want my kids to have in a healthy meal. We had to stop ourselves, we just kept eating! Thank you Vivian and Me for a great recipe and a yummy dinner!


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