These are a staple in my diet. They are super easy. Freeze amazingly. Reheat more amazingly. And are tasty enough that even your kids or spouse… who may not be on the same healthy eating train as you are will still enjoy em!
Ingredients: (makes 24 meatloaf muffins)
3 pounds ground turkey
1 medium onion, cut into small chunks
3 ribs celery from the heart of the stalk, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 green bell pepper, cut into small pieces
1 large egg plus a splash of low fat milk (or plain almond milk), beaten
1.5 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 tablespoons Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick
1 cup smoky barbecue sauce (the lower the sugar on your bbq, the healthier it will be!)
1/2 cup tomato salsa
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Put ground turkey into a big bowl. Chop onion, celery and green pepper and add to the bowl. Add egg, beaten with milk, bread crumbs and grill seasoning to the bowl.
Next, mix together the smoky barbecue sauce, the salsa and the Worcestershire sauce. Pour half the sauce mixture into the bowl with the meatloaf mix. Mix the meatloaf together with your hands. Wash up.
Spray your muffin pans with cooking spray. Use an ice cream scoop to help you fill meat into a each tin. Top each meat loaf with a spoonful of extra sauce. Bake about 20 minutes. Cut open 1 muffin to test that the middle is cooked through.
I’ve learned that ultimately, all the savory and spicy foods that I eat are only vehicles for sauce.
So when spring comes around and I need to hit it hard to lean up for “ab city” one of the first things to go are my variety of sauces. Barbeque sauce especially is filled with sugar, carbs, and calories, all things that you DEFINITELY want to avoid when trying to shed the extra pounds.
Did I mention barbeque sauce is by far my most favorite of all sauces? The king of all sauces perhaps? The king of sauces!
So I guess that means the barbeque sauce is gone right? Plain chicken. Sweet potato with no sauce. Pulled pork with zero delicious barbeque?
With this recipe you are going to cook up your own barbeque sauce and it is going to be healthy and taste amazing, so let’s get to it.
1 cup apple juice (get the all-natural no preservative organic stuff!)
1 6oz can of tomato paste
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. liquid smoke
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (I suggest starting at ¼ tsp if you don’t like it hot)
Toss all of your ingredients into a saucepan, bring up to a boil, then lower the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
Pour it into a little Tupperware container or jar and place in the fridge.
Your newly made BBQ sauce will keep in the fridge for about a week.