Lean, Mean & Manly Meatloaf Muffins

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The words muffins and manly aren’t usually used in the same sentence.

But when you’re talking about protein-packed balls of meat, that’s a different story. In this case, muffins are more than manly… they’re dudely.

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In the latest episode of my series DUDE FOOD with the hilarious Gigi Dubois of Gigi Eats Celebrities, we are serving up perfectly portioned Lean Turkey Meatloaf Muffins (with a side of silliness and festive sweaters).

Check it out!


1 lb. 99% Lean Ground Turkey

1 Egg

1 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2. Onions, chopped

1/2 C. Mushrooms, chopped

1/2 C. Green Bell Pepper, chopped

1/4 C. Carrot, shredded

1 tsp. Garlic Powder

1 tsp. Thyme

1 tsp. Rosemary

1 tsp. Mustard



1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Saute onions and garlic powder with the EVOO for about a minute. Add the rest of the veggies and continue to cook for about 2 minutes.

3. Mix together the veggies and the rest of the ingredients (except ketchup) in a large bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly combine.

4. Scoop mixture into a muffin tin sprayed with olive oil and bake for about 15 minutes.

5. Remove muffins from oven and top with about a tsp. of ketchup each.

6. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes.

7. Enjoy!

Total Calories: about 75 each (makes 12)

These are the perfect for a cozy night in with your honey or to serve holiday parties, especially if you make them in mini muffin tins for extra portions.

Don’t have a muffin tin? This can be made in a traditional loaf pan too, but up the baking time to about 35-40 minutes total. Or try my Pumpkin Chili Turkey Meatloaf (it doesn’t taste too pumpkin-y, I promise):


Happy Holidays!

*This post is linked to What I Ate Wednesday, Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, and Real Food Wednesday.

Weigh In: Does your honey love meatloaf? If you’re a dude – would you make man muffins? The singer Meatloaf would do anything for love – what would you do anything for?


  1. YOU AND GIGI ALL IN ONE. Amazing. Confession, I’ve never made meatloaf and my man eats what I make him so yeah…but the man eats tempeh so I’m sure he’d love this!
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    • Whitney English says:

      We’re a double dose of food fun :)

      You should definitely try meatloaf. It’s so easy to make and works great as leftovers. Dudes love it.

  2. We should send meatloaf some of our muffins!!!!! ;)
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  3. I saw this at GiGi’s & love. I have a very very easy staple turkey meatloaf I make with the 99% lean & hubby will not eat it even if I doctor up… Oh well….
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    • Whitney English says:

      Yeah, dudes can be pretty stubborn about their food!

      My dad once refused to try using olive oil in his salad dressing instead of canola, so I did a blind taste test with both kinds. He not only didn’t know the difference, he liked the olive oil better. He still won’t admit it, but I know the truth.

  4. You guys are just adorable! My hubby loves anything “meat” lol, but I don’t make meatloaf, we do either meatballs or hamburgers…I don’t know why!! :)
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  5. You two need your own show on TV- seriously the two of you are a witty pair!

    I love meatloaf muffins- chuck anything in them and you have a dish to fit the bill.
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  6. Such an adorable picture of the two of you!

  7. You and Gigi are freakin’ hilarious. I’m so glad you girls found me so I could stalk your blogs and get my daily laughs in. I would do anything for… chocolate and wine?
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  8. I love making meatloaf and have always wanted to try the mini muffins!
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