Check Out My Meat… Loaf That Is!

This week’s special on the holiday edition of the Dude Food Cafe menu is…

Mini Turkey Meatloaf Muffins with Ketchup “Frosting”!

Mini Meatloaf Muffins with Ketchup Frosting

Dudes around the world drool when they hear “mama’s meatloaf,” which is why Whitney and I want to warm stomachs with a cleaned up version of yo Mama’s specialty!

GiGi and Whitney making healthy meatloaf

These mini muffins are the perfect appetizer at a holiday party, great for an “on the go” snack (yep, I don’t know about you but I like to whip meat out of my purse), or a great way to please your honey’s palate (well, unless of course she is a vegan or a vegetarian – then you’re in trouble).

GiGi with a fork in her mouth

Ladies, you too can bake up this recipe, in some festive attire as well (your dude will love it), and please your man’s desire for his longtime “warm belly” favorite food staple! This recipe will definitely have him reminiscing… And then some!

Stop loafing around and get cooking! Here’s what you need!

  • 1 Pound Lean Ground Turkey Meat (if you are vegetarian/vegan, you can use meat-free [preferably without soy] meat)
  • 1 Egg (you can use flax “egg”)
  • 1/2 Cup Onions
  • 1/2 Cup Mushrooms
  • 1/2 Cup Green Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Shredded Carrot
  • 1 Tsp Thyme
  • 1 Tsp Rosemary
  • 1 Tsp Mustard
  • 9-12 Tsp Low Sugar Ketchup (to spread on each “muffin”)

These muffins won’t leave you with the “inevitable” holiday muffin top so many people complain about!

For step-by-step instructions on how to make these MEATTERIFIC muffins, CLICK HERE!

Whitney and GiGi meatloaf

Oh and ladies, if you don’t have a dude in your life… You can still feast on these bad GOOD boys… And you can do so in something… A little more comfortable…

GiGi and Whitney wear ugly holiday sweaters


  • Are you known for whipping out your meat?!
  • What was/is your favorite dish that your mom makes/used to make?
  • What do you typically eat on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (or if you’re Jewish, on Hanukkah)?
  • Do you eat gracefully even when no one’s watching?!
  • Bulky Holiday Sweaters or Tight Sexy Little Numbers?
  • If you have a HEALTHY meatloaf recipe, SHARE IT!
  • Do you think Santa and Mrs. Claus still have an active sex life?

Announcement: Start compiling your healthy (and/or allergen-free) cookie (or dessert) recipes! Next Tuesday I will be hosting a HEALTHY COOKIE LINK-UP as I will be CLOSING OUT Eating 4 Balance‘s 12 Days of Allergy-Free Christmas Recipes!!! I will also be honoring one very special blogger who went out of her way to concoct a GiGi-Approved COOKIE RECIPE!!!!!

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  1. Gigi, love this festive holiday post! I am actually known for whipping my “meat” out of my purse and backpack! I am constantly pulling chicken breast, coldcuts, or even quite a few times, ground turkey out of my bag, hey a girl’s gotta get her protein right?

    I ALSO, have a meatloaf “cupcake” recipe, with sweet potato frosting!

    • I AM KNOWN for whipping meat out of my purse too! People always look at me like I am the owner of an Italian deli or something, LOL!!!! A girl CERTAINLY needs her protein, so I am gunna KEEP ON DOING IT!

      And I am off to check out your delicious muffin… Okay, now THAT sounded wrong! LOL!

      • People just look at me, like, “Where did you get that from” or “Are you serious?” I’ve also been known to whip out gourmet lunches from tupperware containers, NO SHAME, HATERS ARE JUST JEALOUS :)

        Wonderful, thanks for checking it out πŸ˜€

        • HATERS BE SO JEALOUS! I just tell them that my purse doubles as an oven! LOL!!! We should co-create a purse line of Pursovens!! πŸ˜‰

  2. Looks easy enough! Is there a good substitute for ketchup? One of my fave meals my mom used to make is corn beef and cabbage and roast beef. I never attempt either. At Christmas I tend to like the exact same food as thanksgiving. I’ll probably go to Whole Foods and get a meal for myself and watch movies on Christmas day. Sad. :) lol!

    • You can use tomato paste if you would like, and if you want to make it a little sweeter, add a pinch of stevia! Then you can slather the paste right on top. I actually wanted to use it instead, however, we figured “dudes” would like ketchup or BBQ sauce more! πŸ˜‰

      And if I could, I WOULD eat the same thing from Thanksgiving too – TOO BAD my family doesn’t really like turkey! :(

  3. This actually looks tasty – I’ve never been a fan of meatloaf but this one looks good!!!
    Cute ending on the video today!!!
    We usually do Raclette on Christmas Eve – we have a contest to see who makes the best chicken, shrimp and steak!!

    • It’s funny, a lot of people say they aren’t a fan of meatloaf – it’s just like a burger, except baked! lol. You must TRY MY MEAT COMBO – lmfao!

      Oooo I love that tradition, maybe my fam will try it this year :) My mom will make liver, my dad will make rack of lamb, I will make salmon, my sister can make chicken and my brother… not a clue, LOL!

  4. Haha! I love your posts! I make Jamie Eason turkey meatloaf which is something similar to this, and they are so good. I have to try the ketchup frosting for a festive touch!

    • Jamie is one of my favorites!!! :) I haven’t seen her meatloaf recipe before though, but I can imagine it being pretttyyyy tasty!

      And I am THRILLED you saw the festive touch with the ketchup! That’s what we were going for!

  5. Wow!! These look so yummy!! I definitely like to eat meat with my meals because I find that it fills me up so much more than just plant based foods! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Mom made a great deep fried chicken! Had a few fires in the kitchen, but hey, the fireman were probably bored at the station or eating meat loaf, lol!

    I eat like your average middle easterner when no one is watching. Pita bread and fingers.

    Never been a fan of big sweaters or bulky clothes. I like it lean and light. Goes for more than clothes…

    I love ketchup! Best I ever had was low salt, so sweet!

    Where do you think all those little elves came from, lol!

    • Ah ha ha ha aha h! My mom caught the kitchen on fire before too, but I really cannot recall what she was making!

      Oh and I too eat with my hands, ALWAYS πŸ˜‰

      I had no clue that the elves were Santa/Mrs. Claus’ offspring!!!!! They birthed a sweatshop!

  7. You girls crack me up!! “But you won’t get fat” — someone give these girls a book deal. You must have so much fun farting around in the kitchen. Those mini meatloafs are definitely going on my “to-make” list. My dude would be all over that food.

    Being Middle Eastern, we have all the traditional stuff on Christmas. Like rolled grape leaves. What? Is that weird? Ok, maybe not so traditional, but damn good!

    • OMG we have TOO MUCH FUN that we set the fire alarm off at one point, LMFAO.

      And uhhh, when are we going to get some SHAWARMA MISS!

  8. haha, I love your new version of the Meatloaf song. Much, much better.
    I do think Mr. and Mrs. Claus still have an active sex life. I think it probably suffers during the winter, like so many people’s sex lives suffer during times of tons of work and time bending and list-checking and coal-stuffing. Or something.
    My mom’s mac and cheese is always and forever my favorite. I like when she adds spicy pepper cheese and broccoli!

    • Bah ha ha ha! I feel like Mr and Mrs Claus would be randiest in the winter because they need to keep calm around all the young children they have to deal with!

      And your mom’s mac and cheese sounds AMAZING :)

  9. LOVE the xmas sweaters!! And love the sound of this meatloaf! Admittedly, not a huge turkey fan. So not super thrilled about 3 large turkey dinner we have over the holidays, and then all the leftovers… But maybe I can jazz it up with recipes like this! WEEEEE!!

    • You can ALWAYS make this with beef or chicken or ground fish?? LMFAO – hmmm that one sounds slightly OFF PUTTING, no?! πŸ˜‰
      Won’t lie to you, I am ENVIOUS of your 3 TURKEY DINNERS!!!!! My family isn’t too fond of turkey either, so I won’t be seeing that clucker on my holiday tables! πŸ˜‰ xoxoxoxoxo!

  10. hahaha, I love your posts, Gigi. And I absolutely love ground turkey so these are perfect.
    I don’t whip meat out of my purse but I usually have fruit in there, most often a banana. Eating Ungracefully in a big old sweater in front of the tv by myself is a real treat, lol.
    Unless Santa loses that belly, I’m guessing Ms Claus doesn’t get too aroused anymore!
    Happy Holidays, funny girl

    • LOL!!!!!! You never know, Mrs. Claus may like his big “bowl full of jelly”! πŸ˜‰

      And xox – Thank YOU :) Happy Holidays – next week, oh my, that video… There are no words ha ha ha!

  11. First off I have to say I remember the “crazy ketchup girl” so low sugar it is. I think Santa leases the elves out to May Kate and Ashley to make cloth’s and eye watering perfume in the off season. The meat muffins is a unique twist an beats the old stand by loaf shape. I actually had your spinach dish again tonight with turkey breast, next time meat muffins, I like typing that for some reason :/

    • Ah ha ha ! I COMPLETELY forgot about my crazy ketchup girl video, oh my, so funny! I should just go back and watch what I’ve made, since clearly there is so much out there.

      I am liking your theory about the elves! Are you sure MK & A aren’t elves themselves though? I believe they might be Santa’s biggest competition!

      THE SPINACH MIXED INTO the meat muffins would be AMAZING! Try that and let me know! :)

  12. OMG – those look and sound super yummy! You have the BEST posts!!

  13. That’s exactly the kind of food I dig, bite-size meatloaf. Easy to make, super good and (kinda) healthy!

    • I am digging the bite size too! Feels like you’re eating a ton, when really, it was just a pound and a quarter of meat. Oh wait, that’s a lot of meat for one sitting, right? LOL! (Well, for any normal person – I happen to have the appetite of 5 people so that’s a pretty standard meal for me!)

  14. I like the idea of making it in a muffin tray, never seen that before!

    • OMG I just bought this muffin tin like 3 weeks ago and it’s CHANGED MY LIFE!!! I am now baking everything in muffin form, LOL!

  15. favorite dish that your mom makes –> spinach quiche
    eat gracefully even when no one’s watching?? –> NO πŸ˜‰

    • Right there with you – I definitely love to smear food all over my face when no one is looking (wait, when people are looking too – I DON’T CARE!), LOL!

  16. Yes!!! I have been waiting for this recipe, and it didn’t disappoint! So cute! I love that you made them in muffin tins, and ketchup frosting is amazing. Pretty sure I have loved the dude foods that you’ve presented so far. Not sure what that says about me….

    Other than that I have GREAT taste!!

  17. You could have made that for me…BUT…NOOOOO! You had to go see your “family”.

    • BAH HA HA! I CAN HEAR YOUuuuuuuu saying that! Got a spare bedroom in Toronto that I could stay in when visiting, since you FAKED ME OUT by saying you were moving here but then wound up NOT!?!

  18. I have a healthy meatloaf that I make ALL the time – I am lazy! I have posted it quite a few times on IG & my blog – I have made it in muffins too but I like just a loaf pan to clean… I am such a lazy cook & cleaner! πŸ˜‰

    Sounds amazing!!!!!!

    We are a mixed family so we celebrate it all!

    • OOOO I must look up your meatloaf – Feel free to leave a link because now that I am obsessed with baking meat muffins, I will definitely be all over your recipe :)

      And trust me Jody, I am such a LAZY COOK – Tara and Whitney INSPIRE ME to actually make something, otherwise I eat the same thing EVERY DAY!

  19. Can you believe that I have yet to actually whip up a savoury muffin recipe? Don’t give me that look — it’s on the to-do list. And girl, I’m ALL about the bulky sweaters and stretchy pants — how else am I supposed to hide the food baby?? πŸ˜‰

    • You need to cross this off your to-do list, STAT πŸ˜‰

      I am the QUEEN at hiding the food baby by the way, because you better believe that my lack of an intestine makes my BABY POP every day! ha ha ha! Bring on the BULKY HOLIDAY SWEATERS! πŸ˜€

  20. My husband probably thinks I’m crazy since I was literally laughing for your entire video. You girls crack me up!!!!

    p.s. what a sexyyyyy sweater you got there. Between your attire & the meatloaf, watch yourself bc soon enough you’ll be having men flocking to both sides of you!

    • Ba h haha ha ha ah!!!! I just cracked up at your comment! Well, perhaps you should whip up some of these loaves, he won’t think you’re crazy anymore!!

      AND I HOPE YOU’RE RIGHT about the men flocking to my sides! LMFAO

  21. No bulky sweaters! Santa and the Mrs? Curious minds want to know :)

    My kids love mini meatloaf. I’ll let you know what they think of your recipe.

  22. I’m not a fan of the loaf. The name just grosses me out. But these do look kind of good…just as long as I don’t have to whip my meat out. Hahaha!

    • This ain’t a loaf, this is cupcakes! LOL!!!

      Hm, well, you do – SORT OF – have to whip out your meat, out of the oven that is! πŸ˜‰


  24. I do love loaves! Mini turkey loaves are one my bf’s fave!

  25. ooh we are BIG FANS of the loaf o’meat here, too!!!

  26. oh my gosh, i want them! and the icing–> I’ll lick it clean. I love ketchup and meat . HA!

  27. This recipe looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

  28. I am obsessed with your blog!

    Not sure I like the word “Ketchup Frosting” though lmao!

  29. This video was so much fun to make! I especially love the screen grab of you stuffing your face with the meatloaf! I definitely do that when I’m alone in the kitchen – it’s not pretty!

    And yes, I think Santa and Mrs. Claus have a VERY active sex life. It explains why he’s so red-faced and jolly all the time!

  30. Yessssss meat. Love meat. I mean, you know πŸ˜‰ KIDDING, sort of. Anyway, the questions at the end of your posts KILL ME. Santa and Mrs. Claus? Hmmm who knows. I’ve always wondered…

    • Ha Ha Ha Ha! I am glad I am not the ONLY ONE who has wondered!!!! I wonder if a few elves have walked in on them on “accident” – LOL!

  31. I will have to try this soon! I’m just now getting myself to eat ground turkey. I usually make a lentil loaf! My hubby will LOVE this!

    • Yay! Honestly, any lean meat will do, but turkey just happens to be one of my faves! :)

      Let me know how you like it when you try it!

  32. Santa oozes sex. I can say this because I don’t associate him with Christmas thanks to the fact I don’t celebrate it. He’s purely a sex symbol for me and I know for a fact Mrs. Claus is a ho ho ho!

  33. I heart mini meatloafs- haven’t made them in forever though and I don’t know why! They are so great for freezing as well to “whip out” for a quick meal. love the addition of the veggies. :)

  34. love individual meatloaf and that frosting – yum!

  35. Good video! I won’t tell you my favorite Christmas dish. I’m in the South & it will gross you out.

    I eat the same no matter who is watching.

  36. Hmmm, I should totally be using my muffin tin WAY more!

  37. OK so I don’t like meatloaf, but I love that you included a vegan alternative. I will pretend you were thinking of me when you did that. I also freaking DIED that you included, “MA, THE MEATLOAF.” F-r-e-aking died! YES.

    • Uhhhhhhhh you don’t have to pretend, because I WAS thinking about you!!!! πŸ˜‰ I am ALWAYS thinking about you, DUH! Now give me my MEATLOAF – FACKKK!

  38. Love meatloaf and these look great!! I am known to make turkey muffins and eat them as a snack while I teach my 8th graders….they think I’m weird but oh well!

    • HA HA HA! I LOVE THIS!! I am known for the same thing, except I don’t teach 8th graders, so I just get weird looks from people at the airport, when I am shopping, etc! ha! But seriously, they are all just JEALOUS of our delicious planning in advance! πŸ˜‰

  39. Love all the veggies thrown in there! I can’t get into meatloaf muffins (I don’t know…I’m weird), but I would definitely make it as a loaf (I don’t know why that seems ANY better). I especially love the mushrooms–I never think to add them in, and they are so great for adding moisture without fat!

    • That’s so funny, you cannot do muffins but you can do a whole loaf… Interesting – but hey, at least you can do the yummy loaf! Definitely try the mushrooms, they certainly gave a lot of moisture to the muffins, I really really did want to eat the WHOLE PAN! πŸ˜‰

  40. Hahaha I just gave me friend a “cupcake” book for Christmas yesterday, but it had all of these savory cupcakes, sort of like this!

  41. Hell yeah! Who doesn’t want a juicy meat muffin in their mouth this holiday?!

  42. Are you known for whipping out your meat?! – Can I plead the 5th on this one?
    What do you typically eat on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (or if you’re Jewish, on Hanukkah)? Turkey, Ham pretty similar to Thanksgiving
    Do you eat gracefully even when no one’s watching?! I don’t eat gracefully when people ARE watching.
    Bulky Holiday Sweaters or Tight Sexy Little Numbers? What do I prefer to see or wear – those are two different answers.
    Do you think Santa and Mrs. Claus still have an active sex life? – Of course where why else would there be so many elfs

  43. You guys are too cute!! Love the video. Great recipe, too. :)

  44. Great Post GIGI! my hubby will love this recipe…gonna ask him to make it…he loves meatloaf!

  45. GO GIRLS! I love it. And a great recipe! HAPPY HOLIDAYS. xx

  46. You know I don’t eat meat loaf, but I love watching your videos, even when you’re making meat loaf! Thanks for the vegan option :-). Always appreciated.

  47. So basically ketchup frosting = genius.

  48. Lol to ketchup frosting πŸ˜‰

  49. I’m the salad gal, no one trusts me in the kitchen. For good reason.

    But worry not, I toss a mean salad.

    • Bah ha ha! I am not sure anyone should REALLY trust me alone in the kitchen either – that’s why I always have people WITH ME when I make cooking videos!

  50. It’s so true…my BF LOVES meatloaf. I totally don’t get it. Maybe I’ll let him win and I’ll make this for him. Thanks ladies!

    • Oh I know why he loves meat loaf – because it’s legit delicious, ha ha ha! πŸ˜‰ You must make this! You could even use a combo of meats – like turkey and chicken if you’d like! Go nuts baby. lol

  51. Now I want to muffin all the meats! Except I’m pescatarian and I am not sure how I feel about fish loaf.
    Who know… maybe it would be strangebutgood!

    • BAH HA HA! No fish loaf for you? I could see a fish loaf made of salmon, capers, onions, olives and minced spinach being really good! πŸ˜‰

  52. I adore meatloaf but of course…my husband does NOT. Stupid head. So, I just make it for myself and eat the leftovers for lunches!

  53. Hmmm those look shady I don’t know if I should trust you GiGI O_o I like your argument.. I may try it sometime before the year closes. May. And I can’t help you with that cookie contest because I’m a FATTIE and I eat snickerdoodle cookies!!!!!! >.< Don't hate me! Have a great one :) -Iva

    • BAH HA HA! Don’t knock these muffins til you’ve tried them! I have a feeling you’ll be eating the whole pan, just like I did.

      And don’t worry, I won’t hate you – You just eat all those snickerdoodles for me, never had one before in my life!!

  54. How cool! What a great idea! I made taco cups once, and they were so cute, and tasted so good, these look even better! Thanks for sharing!

  55. I used to make meatloaf when the older kid was little, and I think it’s one of the dishes that brings back memories for him. :) I haven’t made any kind of meatloaf in years, but this sounds great!

    • Well now it’s time to GET BACK in the kitchen and make some mini loaves! πŸ˜€ Is the “older kid” home for the holidays?! This would be perfect :)

  56. These look great.
    Christmas Eve is our big meal.
    Shrimp cocktail with cheese and crackers.
    Then steak, potatoes, and salad for dinner.
    Plus TONS of cookies for dessert!

  57. We switched all of our meatloaf and meatball recipes from beef to turkey recently, and have found that they taste even better most of the time! Happy holidays to you!!

    • I feel like turkey and chicken take on more of the other flavors you throw into the mix! Don’t get me wrong though, I still love me some good ol’ beef :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  58. This recipe looks fabulous and I’m lovin’ all the vegetables mixed in. YUM! I also loved your video….too funny!

  59. Hahahaha! I just love you guys! And I love your meat! (loaf, that is!!) I make something similar using oats, but it doesn’t have veggies like yours. I’m definitely making these sometime soon!

  60. LOVE the Christmas sweaters! I have used gluten free TVP for our “meatless” loaf :) Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great!

    Cindy from

  61. These look GREAT! I heart veggies in my meatloaf and this is packed with them! I made something like this with a whipped mashed potato frosting. YUM!

  62. I love meatloaf, and find it very versatile, I am known to use taco seasoning on mine. Real Food Fridays, is still going love for you to drop by tonight and share this.

    • Taco seasoning huh? I need to go buy some! :)

      And I will gladly share this recipe over at Real Food Fridays! Thanks for cluing me in on that!!! xoxo!


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