BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

Alright. One of these days I’ll make a post on our adventures in solid foods with Miss Lo.  I’ve had a few friends ask for recipes on foods we’ve tried with her, so I figured I’d add them here so I can reference them later, too.  On the old blog I had (that I failed at keeping up), I tried to post recipes a lot when I made my own version. It helps me to remember how I made it last time, because I have a terrible memory with things like that. But I want this blog to really focus on the baby and our learning to do this whole parenting thing. That being said, I really do plan on having a post about our approach to foods, because I know it’s an exciting, albeit concerning, decision for all parents!

A quick summary is that we do a combination of both homemade purees (i.e. ‘normal’ mushy baby food) and baby-led weaning (i.e. give the baby real finger food and let them have control of their eating.)  I fully intend of explaining our take on this in depth later, but a short Google search will direct you to lots of information on it. Onto the first recipe!

Lo has tried a variety of foods at this point. We started slow with basic single foods, but we’ve started giving her tastes of whatever we’re eating for dinner at night.  This has been a big motivation for us to eat more healthily, too. One of the main ‘warnings’ with BLW is to watch salt intake.  Lucky, Jeremy and I have been watching how much salt we add to foods anyway, so this hasn’t been much of an adjustment.  I will say that this recipe has salsa in it, so that can have a bit of salt. But all in all, it’s not much considering the portions, so I wasn’t too concerned. We just made sure to offer her water often during dinner.

She was trying to eat so quickly that her hand is blurry!

She was trying to eat so quickly that her hand is blurry!

BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

(adapted from this RR recipe)

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces ground turkey (you can use beef too!)
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 C oatmeal (whatever you have- I used old fashioned oats)
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 C salsa
  • 2/3 C BBQ sauce

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425*.  Lightly spray a muffin tin with cooking oil. (Skip if using beef.)

2. In a large bowl add turkey, egg, pepper, onion, oatmeal, and ground pepper. In a separate bowl, combine salsa and BBQ sauce.  Add about half the mixture to the turkey bowl, and set aside the rest.  Combine the turkey and ingredients well (I use my bare hands and mix it all up.)

3. Add even amounts to each muffin spot. Mixture should make 12 total muffins, each about 2/3 full.  Top each with a little BBQ mixture. (I left it off two muffins that I was going to feed Lo.)

4. Bake about 25-30 minutes. I err on the side of caution and over-bake if anything; these are pretty hard to burn or dry out, so you’re safe leaving them in extra time. Cut one open and check for doneness before serving. Enjoy!

We make these pretty regularly and usually serve with sweet potato friends and some other veggie. I bet they would be good if you add in some chopped spinach, too, but I always forget to try that. Lo ate about a half a muffin I bet. She LOVED it and gobbled it up so fast, using both hands.  I just broke a half muffin into a few smaller, more manageable pieces. I think she liked playing with it too as it squished through her fingers.

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