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By Teeny McMunn
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Turkey Veggie Meatloaf Cups


October 4, 2018

Teeny McMunn

I thought I'd give you a break from all the sweet recipes, although I made Greek Yogurt Chocolate Zucchini Bread this weekend and it was great. Made with coconut oil, honey, and not much brown sugar. Very chocolatey and not too sweet. I'm going to try to switch to apple and pumpkin recipes so if you think you would like this recipe, let me know.

I have this turkey meatloaf mixed and ready for the oven-see report.


2 c. coarsely chopped zucchini 1 egg

1 ½ c. coarsely chopped onion 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1 pound extra lean ground turkey ½ c. barbecue sauce

½ c. uncooked couscous


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 20 muffin cups with cooking spray

Place zucchini, onions, and red bell pepper into a food processor, and pulse several times until finely chopped but not liquefied. Place the vegetables into a bowl, and mix in ground turkey, couscous, egg, Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard until thoroughly combined. Fill each prepared muffing cup about ¾ full. Top each cup with about one teaspoon of barbecue sauce.

Bake in the preheated oven until juices run clear, about 25 minutes. Internal temperature of a muffin measured by an instant-read meat thermometer should be at least 160 degrees F. Let stand one minute before serving.


I didn't add the red pepper, as it is poison in my house, at least with one of us. And typical for me, I sort of read the recipe when I put it together and now realize that the barbecue sauce should go on top, not with everything else. I'll report how that turns out.

REPORT-I think it added flavor (Sweet Baby Ray's) to the mixture, but next time I will add a bit more couscous. I think it would have been more firm without the extra liquid, but they still held their shape when taken out of the pan.

Not having a food processor, I thought I'd use the blender and accomplish the same. NOT. The blender didn't pull the top layer to the bottom, so I tried turning it over each time I turned it on. That still did not work.

I finally put it all back on the cutting board and chopped it into small pieces.

Couscous is a little pricey, so if you would like to borrow a half cup, let me know.

As you can see in the picture, I baked squash with apple, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. It was a great accompaniment with the turkey meatloaf and a good use of the hot oven. I baked both at the same time. Delicious.



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