Meat Muffins with Sweet Potato Frosting

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Dinner that looks like dessert?  Why not!?  So, a while back, I had a hair analysis retest done and was told that I need to try to eat red meat once or twice a week based on the results.  You may be thinking that’s odd since red meat gets such a bad rap.  However, it’s actually got quite a few health benefits!

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The pin links to a site that explains the health benefits of eating red meat.  The key benefits are that it provides an excellent source of protein, zinc, iron, and vitamin B12.    My nutritional consultant says lamb is best, but a good organic grass-fed ground beef is good too.  Of course, just like anything else, moderation is key.  Personally, the reason why I probably don’t get enough red meat is simply because I prefer the taste of chicken or turkey, not because I believe it’s bad for me, so I decided to bite the bullet and try to fit in some red meat here and there…to your benefit, because I came up with these darling lil’ meat muffins with a sweet potato frosting because of it!

These are really simple to make, taste pretty amazing, and are great for you!  As a side note, if you are adamant about not eating red meat, you can also use ground chicken or turkey in this recipe, and the result is still yummers!    Let’s get to the recipe!

MEAT MUFFINS WITH SWEET POTATO FROSTING

Ingredients:

Muffins:
  • 1 lb. grass fed ground beef
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
Topping:
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes.
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Directions:
1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Place the ground beef in a mixing bowl and set aside.
2.) Heat the 1 tsp. olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook until they begin to soften.  Add the garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds more.
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3.) Remove from heat and add to the ground beef in the mixing bowl.  Add the egg, sea salt, pepper, and dried thyme.  Mix together with your hands until thoroughly combined.  Fill 8 wells of a muffin pan with the ground beef mixture.  Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through.
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4.) While the meat muffins are baking, steam the sweet potato until very tender (about 10-12 minutes).  Drain and place in a food processor.
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5.) Add the coconut oil and sea salt to the food processor and process on high until smooth.  Transfer to a plastic bag, and squeeze toward one corner so you will be able to use it as a piping bag.  Snip off the corner of the bag with a pair of clean scissors.
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6.) Once the muffins are done, take out of the oven, and transfer to a plate.
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7.) Use your plastic bag with the corner snipped off to pipe the sweet potato mixture on top of the muffins (or you can just spoon it on top of each muffin).
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8.) Sprinkle with some fresh thyme and sea salt and serve.
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So adorable!!!  Delicious too!  Enjoy! 🙂

Turkey Meatball Muffins

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I made these Turkey Meatloaf Muffins for dinner the other night, and they were a big hit!  Delicious, and packed with protein and nutrition, they make for a perfect meal!  I got the idea for this recipe from the following pin.

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I changed up everything about this recipe to  make it much healthier, but the resulting muffins still taste AMAZING!  I used ground turkey instead of ground beef, homemade italian tomato sauce instead of ketchup, quinoa instead of oats, and watercress and onion instead of frozen mixed veggies.

The main ingredient in these, Ground Turkey, is good for you for quite a few reasons!  Some of these reasons are as follows.

  • High in protien (about 24 grams of protein per serving) which helps in regulating blood sugar levels as well as insulin metabolism
  • B complex vitamins promote healthy blood circulation and control cholesterol levels
  • Selenium supports your immune system and protects your body against cell damage
  • Vitamin B6 protects against heart disease

The benefits from the ground turkey along with the health benefits of the other healthy ingredients in this recipe make this an extremely healthy dinner…and did I mention it’s DELICIOUS? 🙂

TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS

Ingredients: makes 12 muffins

  • 1.5 lbs. ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup homemade italian tomato sauce (you can also use store bought tomato sauce), plus some for topping
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 1 cup chopped watercress
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper (optional)

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and prepare your tomato sauce.

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2.) Use olive oil to oil a muffin pan.

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3.) Add all the ingredients to a medium mixing bowl, and combine well.

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4.) Press meatloaf mixture into muffin cups until filled

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5.) Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

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6.) Take muffins out of muffin pan.  Top with tomato sauce if desired and serve.

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Enjoy! 🙂