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Turkey Quinoa Muffins Cups


turkey quinoa muffins cups on a plate

Not sure I am ready for Monday this week.  We had a busy weekend getting stuff done around the house, as well as a trip to Costco.  We are having a Super Bowl party next weekend, so we had to stock up on a few things, as well as get a few repairs done at home.  Saturday afternoon turned into an impromptu faucet replacement in a bathroom.  No damage was done, so that is good, but still not exactly what I had in mind for the weekend.

turkey quinoa muffins cups on a plate

So Monday, it is here no matter what.  That means grocery shopping and meal planning for me.  Do you do a meal plan for the week?  I try to plan 5 meals for the week, which leaves 1 night for leftovers, and 1 night to go out.  It works well for us, and I think it saves a ton of money on groceries in the long run.  These little muffins cups should get put into your meal plan, sooner rather than later.  They are filled with good for your ingredients, are quick to throw together, are a big crowd pleaser, and the leftovers are good too!

turkey quinoa muffins cups on a plate

These are kind of like meatloaf or meatballs made in muffin tins, only way better.  They have ground turkey, oats, and quinoa in them.  I top them with marinara sauce and cheese, so they have an Italian twist.  They are great with a salad or roasted veggies for a healthy dinner.  My 7 year old likes to have extra marinara sauce on his plate to dip them in, and maybe an extra sprinkle of Parmesan cheese as well.

Yield: 6

Turkey Quinoa Muffins Cups

turkey quinoa muffins cups on a plate

Mini turkey meatloaves filled with oats, and quinoa. Topped with marinara sauce and cheese!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


Turkey Muffins

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa, (I used red quinoa)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 green onion, , chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tbls fresh parsley, , chopped


  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin with non stick spray, or liners.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the meat mixture into each muffin cup.
  4. Using your fingers or the back of a spoon put a small indentation into the top of each muffin cup.
  5. Put 1 Tbls of marinara sauce into each indentation.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Top each muffin cup with 1 Tbls of cheese.
  8. Return to the oven, and bake until the cheese is melted.
  9. Serve warm.
  10. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Adapted from Running to the Kitchen

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 289Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 121mgSodium 510mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 27g

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Tuesday 11th of June 2013

do you know how many calories are in these? They look delicious!!

Erin S

Tuesday 11th of June 2013

I calculated about 120 calories per muffin (using 93% lean ground turkey). Hope you enjoy!

Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa

Friday 8th of February 2013

Very happy to have found your site. This recipe looks absolutely delicious! A creative twist on meatballs, I love it! They would make a great party appetizer if baked in mini muffin tins. Yum!

I would love for you to come enter this fabulous recipe into Thank Goodness It’s Quinoa, a bi-weekly link party celebrating all things quinoa. I know our readers would adore this recipe!

Happy Friday!!


Sunday 3rd of February 2013

Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole's Chatter is all about meatloaf. I do hope you link this nice one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links. Have a great week.

Baking Serendipity

Tuesday 29th of January 2013

I love that these are baked in muffin tins! I try to plan meals for the week too, but with a few more days of leftovers. (It's the benefit of it just being me and my husband, I guess.) Adding these to next week's line-up!

The Kitchen Edition

Tuesday 29th of January 2013

Wow - I'm wondering how these would freeze. They'd be great to have on hand for lunches.


Tuesday 29th of January 2013

I think they would freeze beautifully. I often freeze meatballs, and these are very similar, so I can't see why it wouldn't work.

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