Aug 15, 2011

Skinny Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting



What can be cuter than mini turkey meatloaves topped with skinny mashed potato "frosting". A family friendly meal everyone will love (and no one will guess there are vegetables hiding in the meatloaf)!


I'm not sure where the original concept for meatloaf cupcakes was born, but I saw this idea on Home Cooking Rocks and I knew I wanted to make my own skinny version. Since my turkey burgers with zucchini are such a smashing success, I decided to make them with shredded zucchini. The mashed potato frosting is basically my skinny garlic mashed potatoes made with fresh thyme which really compliments the meatloaf.

I highly recommend using double metal liners, they hold up well with the meat, and if you want to re-heat leftovers, you can simply take the metal part off and pop them in the microwave. Another thing I should mention, I made these in the afternoon because I wanted good light for the shot. For dinner I threw them back into the oven to heat up and the potatoes had beautiful golden edges that actually looked intentional, so this would be a great meal to make ahead and re-heat later for those of you who are pressed for time.

If you plan on making them and eating them right away, have the mashed potatoes ready so when the meatloaf is cooked, you can top and eat! I piped them with a pastry bag, but cutting the corner off of a ziplock bag would work, or even using an ice cream scoop.

Skinny Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes 

Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 2 cupcakes • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 240.7 • Fat: 8.5 g • Protein: 18.1 g • Carb: 24.5 g • Fiber: 2.5 g • Sugar: 4.2 g Sodium: 560.1 mg 
(without salt)

Ingredients:

For the Meatloaf Cupcakes:

  • 1.3 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup grated zucchini, all moisture squeezed dry with paper towel
  • 2 tbsp onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

For the Skinny Mashed Potato "Frosting":

  • 1 lb (about 2 medium) Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 2 tbsp fat free sour cream
  • 2 tbsp fat free chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp skim milk
  • 1/2 tbsp light butter
  • kosher salt to taste
  • dash of fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme

Directions:

Put the potatoes and garlic in a large pot with salt and enough water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat; simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain and return potatoes and garlic to pan. Add sour cream and remaining ingredients. Using a masher or blender, mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°. Line a muffin tin with foil liners.

In a large bowl, mix the turkey, zucchini, onion, breadcrumbs, ketchup, egg, and salt. Place meatloaf mixture into muffin tins filling them to the top, making sure they are flat at the top.



Bake uncovered for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from tins and place onto a baking dish.


Pipe the "frosting" onto the meatloaf cupcakes and serve.

Makes 12.

175 comments :

  1. I cant wait to make these!!!

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  2. I love these!! Can't wait to try them... :)

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  3. Looks amazing...can't wait to put these on my menu for next week. We love the turkey burgers these are based off of so I am sure that this will be a hit. This also looks like something that would be great to make for a party!

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  4. I love these! I make meatloaf cupcakes frequently but never thought to frost them with mashed potatoes - great idea!

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  5. Yes, they reheat well! Love how the potatoes get golden after you reheat them!

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    1. Gina,
      We are only two people. Can the rest be frozen?
      Can't wait to try these!

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  6. So creative, Gina! I can't wait to make these!

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  7. Those look great, genius idea, Gina!

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  8. These look so great! I'm in the process of trying new low cal recipes and I will be adding this to the list. Already tried your sesame chicken tenders. They were great! :)

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  9. These look amazing! Such a great idea. Love the low points values and that they would reheat so well!

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  10. I love these, and have made them a similiar way for awhile now! I don't use the liners, though, I just spray the tins with olive oil spray. I've never "frosted" them, either - but I think I will next time. I do like to fill them about 1/2 way, then add a bit of low fat cheddar cheese and/or mozzarella so that they're "cheese stuffed".

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  11. They look adorable! And I'm sure even picky eaters would give them a try :D

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  12. HOORAY! A skinny version of something I've been dying to try from Chicago's Meatloaf Bakery. I'm sure their's are delicious, but not as healthy as your recipe. This is on my menu plan for next week!! Will let you know how they turn out.

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  13. Yummy!! I have to make these soon!

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  14. Gina: My wife and I are new to your website but it is fantastic! We made this Buffalo Chicken Dip and it is absolutely outstanding. I may do a "half and half" mixture of hot and mild wing sauce but it is great. Gave a sample to co-workers today, they raved. We're going to bring it to a farewell luncheon for a co-worker this Friday.

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  15. Gina, if I be wanted to make this as a whole meatloaf instead of individual cupcakes how much longer do you think it would take to cook? Thanks.

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  16. These are awesome!! What a creative idea =) I have always wanted to make a savory cupcake!

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  17. So, I really don't like meatloaf. The texture just puts me off. "Meat shouldn't be mushy!" is what my brain screams at me every time I try it. But these are so stinking cute I am tempted to make them regardless.

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  18. Ridiculously cute, what a great idea. Really makes you stick to the perfect portion too! Yum!

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  19. WOO HOO!!!!!!!!! Two of these are 6 points!! Can't wait to make them!

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  20. loveloveLOVE this! Even without the adorable presentation you cant go wrong with a bit of meatloaf n mash :) these would go down a storm here and im dying to try them out. You have a simply fabulous site Gina!

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  21. When I saw the yummy photo, I wished for two per serving! Oh, yeah! Got my wish!

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  22. I haven't made this as a larger loaf, the zucchini has a lot of moisture so I might split it into two smaller loafs but somewhere about an hour for one large one.

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  23. You never cease to amaze me!!! I love your ideas, Gina!!!!
    You are truly talented!!!

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  24. These look delicious. Can't wait to try them. Thanks Gina all your recipes are very tasty.

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  25. Gina, I just found your website and am in love! My lucky day. A quick question, how long to you need to reheat the meatloaf cupcakes if you make them ahead of time and at what temperature?

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  26. I don't like meatloaf but these sure do sound interesting!

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  27. I am always looking for things to make ahead so I am not tempted to get take out on busy days. I bet these would freeze well. Thanks for the idea!

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  28. Adorable and delish! My two favorite adjectives!

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  29. Delicious and a lot of fun to make. Made it for my toddler to eat for lunch today. Nom nom!!

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  30. I have NO doubt in my mind that my man would melt for these muffins!

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  31. Made these tonight - didn't tell anyone there was zucchini in it until they were done eating. Everyone loved them! I didn't have metal liners, so I tried my luck just spraying the tin with Pam. They popped right out and held their shape just fine! Definitely one I'll be making again!

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  32. Stacy, glad they popped right out! And that no one noticed the veggies :)

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  33. making them tonight, can't wait to try them!

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  34. I made these last night and they were a hit!! The only thing is I didn't have I larger 8 muffin tin so I'm not so sure about the points...it was soooooo yummy!!

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  35. I also made these last night and my two boys, ages 4 and 6 loved them. The 4 year old ate one for breakfast this morning!

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  36. Have you ever tried making meatloaf with oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs? I love doing that. I must try that out with this recipe. Thank you!!!!

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  37. These were delish! DBF made them last night and they were soooo yummy!

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  38. Memoria, yes! I do that sometimes!

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  39. Gina, this recipe was very delicious and very easy. I love all the recipes you have and I really like that you use ingredients you have In your refrigerator. Thanks.

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  40. My kids (6 & 5) always ask, "what's for dinner?" When I answered we're having cupcakes, they were so excited! But, a little disappointed when they figured out that it wasn't REALLY frosting! Ha! Anyway, they were delicious and so fun to eat! I will be adding zucchini to my meatloaf from now on! Thanks for the tip!!!

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  41. I made these for my husband and they were great! We replaced the potatoes with cauliflower instead to make it low-carb and baked it all in the oven. Thank you!!

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  42. Monica, I bet they were disappointed! Yeah zucchini is great in meatloaf!

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  43. Vicki great idea for a low carb option!

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  44. I like the looks of this recipe, but I think I want to try it as a loaf. How long do you think it should bake?

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  45. I've been making your mini meatloaves in our cupcake pan for the past few months, they're so cute my family loves them and I love the portion control! I love the idea of the mashed potato "frosting"! My husband is a big fan of yours and always asks if any of my recipes for the week are from "the skinny taste lady!!"

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  46. Gina, these were a hit in my house!! My 8 year old son (who normally eats like a bird) inhaled three "cupcakes" and my husband went back for seconds. I love your website and all your great recipes...keep them coming.

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  47. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe! I recently started cooking for dad to help him change his diet and lifestyle and this is perfect for him, traditional but healthy.

    But every time I make them they come out very wet with lots of liquid in the muffin cups....any ideas why??

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  48. Now this is something to make for a dinner party :) Clever!

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  49. I love it when you make my husband drool! Will try these next weekend!

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  50. Very creative. Love the automatic portion control.

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  51. I made these tonight for tomorrow's dinner, and my hubby said "those look professional" Can't wait to eat them tomorrow!

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  52. Loved these! I usually don't like ground turkey but these were very tasty. My 1 yo, husband and I loved them. The 3-year old turned her nose up at them for some reason. I bet she was disappointed that they weren't really cupcakes :)

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  53. Hi Gina,

    Could you make these and freeze them? Would you bake them or freeze them uncooked?

    Love all your recipes, amazed at how many you come up with .

    Thanks again,

    Barb

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  54. Made these tonight for my dinner swap and all THREE families loved them!

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  55. I guess you could freeze the meat portion cooked, not so sure about the mashed potatoes.

    Phat girl, that sounds like fun!!

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  56. I freeze twice baked potatoes, so I would imagine you could freeze them with the "frosting" on and then just allow to thaw before baking. They might crust/brown a little ontop but that's not bad!

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  57. What is the point value WITHOUT the mashed potatoes?

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  58. Liz- the zucchini has a lot of moisture, so you want to make sure you squeeze as much liquid from it before mixing it with the meat.

    Erin- great idea! Not sure what the points are without the potatoes, you may want to run this though recipe builder.

    So glad you all liked this!!

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  59. Superb idea to really get the attention of the guest at the buffet.
    I can imagine that they would also be popular with kids (of all ages).

    Will try them soon.

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  60. This is just like the cutest darn thing ever! What a creative idea...I feel like these would be great for a dinner party or just me haha. So glad I stumbled across this!

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  61. Stunningly clever! Added this to my "to be made soon" file!

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  62. Now these are cupcakes I wouldn't feel guilty about eating =)

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  63. This is SUCH a great idea!!! I would have never even thought of something like this. So cute too..and I love meatloaf and mashed potatoes. i will definitely have to try this very soon. Thanks for sharing!!

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  64. So fancy, I love it! I can't wait to try it out.

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  65. I've made meatloaf and mashed potato cupcakes before too and I think they're such a kid-friendly and easy meal! Check out my website, www.katescuisine.com for other recipes that you might want to try - I've already found so many great ones on yours. I'll let you know how they turn out!

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  66. These are adorable! I can't wait to try them!

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  67. Hey Gina, these look ADORABLE! Just a quick question that I think someone else asked, but I didn't see a response. How long and what temp would you use to reheat them if you make them earlier in the day?

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  68. At 350° they would probably take 10 minutes.

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  69. I made these with kids and we "decorated" them with peas and sliced baby carrots!

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  70. My kid FINALLY ate something and didn't complain once! THANK YOU!!

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  71. These didn't turn out for me at all! So disappointed :(

    I have no idea what I did wrong, or how this is even possible, but it's been in the oven for about an hour and 95% of it is overcooked but the very outsides (yes, outsides) are completely raw. Maybe I need a new muffin pan....? I don't know.

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  72. I'm not sure, were they frozen? The shouldn't take long to cook at all.

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  73. No, not frozen. I even let the ground turkey sit out for an hour or two so it wouldn't be too cold to work with. The mashed potatoes were delicious though :)

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  74. This is a recipe I'm excited to try! It looks sooo adorable.. my kids will love it! Thank you!

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  75. I just made these and they were a HUGE hit! My 5 year old and 2 year old devoured them and my husband was blown away by how delicious these were! Thanks so much for this creative recipe!

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  76. I made these tonight for dinner and my husband and I LOVED them! They were so moist and tasty! I had to make them with lean beef though because the store was out of turkey, but either way, delicious!

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  77. I just made these....and they are AMAZING! Thank you so much for all of your wonderful recipes :)

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  78. How many more calories and points would it be to make these with lean ground beef? Also i am trying to replace meat with ground turkey without my family knowing (rolling eyes) could i do half turkey half beef?? The cupcakes look awesome! I found your website last week and have made your Mac and cheese, taco chili, chicken nuggets and pumpkin cupcakes. All have turned out amazing! Thank you!!

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  79. Eating this tonight, took a quick taste of the mash potatoes yummy! I can't wait for the meatloaf. These are perfect sized for our toddler.

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  80. Old recipe (by internet standards) but I thought I'd add a note. If you're making this for kids to eat, peel the zucchini. It won't show up at all, so they won't notice they're eating their veggies. (this works on picky adults too)

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  81. I'm going to try making these dairy free tonight, for my highly allergic boyfriend :)

    What a fun twist on meatloaf and potatoes!

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  82. My DAIRY FREE version. I'm sure there are better ways of doing it, but I worked with what I had.

    * 1.3 lb 93% lean ground turkey
    * 1 cup grated zucchini, all moisture squeezed dry with paper towel
    * 2 tbsp onion, minced
    * 2 tbsp RED BELL PEPPER
    * 1/2 cup OATMEAL
    * 1 tsp GARLIC SALT
    * 1/4 cup ketchup
    * 1 egg
    * 1 tsp kosher salt


    For the Skinny Mashed Potato "Frosting":

    * 1 lb (about 2 medium) Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
    * 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
    * 2 tbsp DAIRY FREE VEGGIE CREAM CHEESE
    * 2 tbsp fat free chicken broth
    * 2 tbsp ALMOND MILK
    * 1/2 tbsp NON-DAIRY BUTTER
    * kosher salt to taste
    * dash of fresh ground pepper
    * 2 tbsp fresh thyme

    I served it with peas and carrots. Added some ketchup. SO GOOD! The actual meatloaf was super moist. My grandmother would LOVE this.

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  83. Just made this last night.. It was awesome. Easy to make and tasty. I could do with out the thyme, but I will surly make it again. We out some shredded cheddar on the top like sprinkles and made corn on the cob for a veggie side. Awesome meal, thanks Gina!

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  84. I made this recipe last night and my husband LOVED it. My daughter, who hates meatloaf, asked for seconds. I followed the recipe exactly and it was the best tasting meatloaf I've ever made! Thanks!

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  85. LOVE this recipe!! The entire family raved over it, so we had it again! A really unique way to sneak in veggies and they had no idea! Keep the amazing recipes coming!!

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  86. Great recipe! It looks simply delicious! I have a similar meatloaf cupcake recipe that I think you'll enjoy. I added some beats to my mashed potato frosting for a touch of color. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/meatloafcupcake

    Thanks!

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  87. Trader Joe's sells something very similar, but with a layer of spinach between the potatoes and the turkey meatloaf. They also have Parmesan cheese in the potatoes. Delicious and low calorie!

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  88. Great idea and taste great too.

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  89. the meatloaf was DELICIOUS. not sure about the mashed potato topping. i surely did something wrong - would it make a difference if you blend it up too much in the blender? it was pasty and WAYYYY garlicky! so sad. but we gobbled up the meatloaf just with some ketchup on the side. ;)

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  90. I've had this bookmarked forever, and finally just made them - amazing! Thanks so much!

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  91. So good! I thought my kindergartener would love these since she loves cupcakes so much. Nope! She wouldn't even touch them once she realized they were not "real" cupcakes. I will try again.

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  92. My husband actually got teary eyed when he saw "Meatloaf Cupcakes" for dinner. He said it was the sweetest meal ever ! :)

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  93. This is the first recipe I've made from this site. Everything came out exactly as you said it would. And, it tasted so good, it completely satisfied my craving for meatloaf minus the red meat! Love.

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  94. Just make this dish for my sons birthday EVERYBODY. LOVE IT!!! Thank you so much.

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  95. These were very tasty. I used 1 lb of turkey and didn't reduce any of the other ingredients.

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  96. I made this recipe as a 'traditional' meatloaf with the mashed potatoes on the side (no cupcake liners). I added diced red and green peppers to the mix long with some leftover mushrooms run through the food processor. Amazingly moist and flavorful! And a great way to use up leftover veggies. Also added a layer of ketchup to the top and put it under the broiler for a few minutes to get that yummy carmelization. Mmmm!

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  97. I made this last night and it was great! I didn't use turkey, I used lean ground beef and russet potatoes instead of Yukon. Even my very picky mini ate it. I served them with broccoli.

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  98. Made this tonight and it was super yummy!!! Even the kids loved it

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  99. want to make these, they look delish! can i use ener-g egg replacer in place of the egg? or do you have another recommendation for substitutions?

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    1. My son is allergic to eggs, whenever I make meatloaf I use a sweet potato patty in place of egg. You can find them in the frozen section of the grocery store. They come in a pack of eight patties. This works great to help bind the meat and no one will know the difference!

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  100. Made these a few nights ago and they were wonderful! Moist and flavourful. The paper liners were a bust, very hard to peel them out of the hot turkey but will try with just regular metal liners next time.

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  101. I made these last night, they were delicious and so pretty on the eyes. I love all your recipes that I've tried so far. Tonight I am making your cilantro lime rice with quesadilla's. Cooking with your detailed instructions and pictures has made me a more confident cook. Thank you for all that you do.
    Roseanne

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  102. Hey! I tried this with mashed cauliflower, and it tastes just as good but shaves off a few points!

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  103. Is there anything I can substitute for the zuchini. I don't have any in the house and I was hoping to make it tonight? Maybe spinach?

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  104. I just made these and I omitted the zucchini because I didn't have any. I added red, orange and yellow peppers and they came out fabulous! Served them with frozen Green Giant corn in butter sauce for a delicious 8 point meal! My husband LOVED them too!

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  105. I made these "cupcakes" and they were fantastic! I served them to my 9 year old granddaughter who loved them and wants me to make them again. So glad I found this website! Also made the sweet potato casserole and that was great, too.

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  106. I just devoured two of these delicious creations and boy were they good. I cooked them a little bit longer because the loaf is SO MOIST I was worried they weren't done! But they were. This is hands-down the best meatloaf I have ever made and I will be making this again and again and again! Thank you!

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  107. kathryn malec2/18/12, 10:50 PM

    Made this with my 4 year old neice tonight.. we topped it wiht pea sprinkles... she gobbled it all up.. at the end i said, you know there was zucchini in there.. she said I love zucchinis!!!

    I did make a few changes to make it toddler friendly.. i skinned the zucchini,yes losing most of the nutrients,, but my neiece would of said they were peppers... i also swapper bbq sauce for the ketchup, and put the thyrm in the meatloaf with a grated clove of garlic.. i added 1/3 cup of 50% reduced fat cheddar to the potatoes.. everyone loved it! Mine took like 30 minutes though

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  108. Just found your site a couple of days ago from pinterest. This was the first recipe of yours we tried. My husband, kids and I all devoured these tonight for dinner! Grest, easy-to-follow recipe that will be repeated for years to come! Thanks so much!!
    Amy

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  109. I made these today and love love love the taste of the meatloaf mix. I didnt have the potatoes yet and couldnt wait. So yummy
    South Jer-z Joy

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  110. Just finished eating these with roasted broccoli on the side. They were really yummy. I had to cook mine for 30 minutes and I didn't use liners or spray (I forgot) and they popped right out. Of course, mine didn't end up looking as beautiful as yours but they were so very delicious. This was my first recipe from your site but I have now picked 5 out for the week! Thanks!

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  111. I made these for dinner tonight - another winner! Your collection of recipes are now part of my weekly menu planning. Have made many dishes and not a bad one in the bunch! Thank you for making it easy for me to cook outside the box!

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  112. These were our dinner for tonight and were fabulous! The entire recipe works and my hubby and I loved them. Even my neighbor (who is not a veggie lover) had two of them and was surprised when I told her what was in the meatloaf. Super recipe that will be in my rotation. Thanks, Gina.

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  113. Hi Gina, do you know how much meatloaf you put in the cupcake tins and how much mashed potatoes do you put on the top...

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  114. can I reshare your website with my friends on facebook. I love this site and thank you for it. Many of us struggle with weight issues and I really love your ideas. I am doing weight watchers right now. Although I found your site through pinterest I do not repin due to the privacy issues and respect for people such as you. So, is this website ok to share? Terry

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  115. Just made this, it was excellent, kids loved it!

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  116. Any thoughts on how to top these with a sweet potato mixture or if that would even taste right together?

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  117. These are delicious! We all loved them, especially my kids! For the person who asked how much meatloaf mixture goes in the cup, for me it was just a bit more than 1/4 cup, I used my measure cup to scoop it into the muffin tin and it worked great, just had a bit left over and I put a little bit more in every cup. For the potatoes I put about a 1/3 to 1/4 cup on top of each.

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  118. Hi Gina. I'm making this today and I would like to know if I can make the frosting with sweet potatoes instead.... I hope I can get a reply before I get to that part :)

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  119. Alright Gina, I am madly in love with your site!! We are doing a potluck for Easter this weekend, and was curious if cauliflower "mock" mashed potatoes of some type could be altered into this instead of your lovely carb loaded (but oh so droolworthy)potatoes? Thanks in advanced!!

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  120. One of my family's favorites from ST. Love love love! We garnish with a small amount of cracked sea salt for "sprinkles".

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  121. I accidently made only 6 cupcakes, how long do you think it will take to cook?

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  122. I made these for dinner last night and they were delicious! My husband said to me "I don't want to eat you weight watchers stuff", but after dinner he told me "I would really like to have that again, are there leftover for my lunch tomorrow"! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

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  123. These are great!! Used greek yogurt instead of sour cream,used a little extra milk instead of opening a whole can of chicken broth. Put oven on broiler for a few mins at end of cooking time. Will def.make again.

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  124. Making these tonight and can't wait!! We can't get over the texture of meatloaf or meatballs made with breadcrumbs (goes back to the days when my son was anaphylactic to dairy), so I'll be trying them with OATMEAL! Oh - does changing ketchup to condensed tomato soup change anything pointwise?

    And of course, we are using beef since that's all we have ...

    Liz

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  125. what is the best way to reheat them?

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  126. LOVE this recipe... the meat is so yummy and I know I can fool the men into thinking it's beef!
    FIVE STARS

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  127. I made these for my whole family tonight, and everyone loved them! The recipe is so similar to my mom's old fashioned beef meatloaf that we grew up with, and the little cupcakes are just so cute! Served them with a side of french green beans and barely escaped with leftovers for tomorrow. Thanks, Gina!

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  128. Another amazing recipe! I am a stay at home mom to a 9 week old and a 2 year old. I do not enjoy cooking but eating healthy is a priority for us and I was getting tired of eating the same meals over and over. Your website has changed that since I first came on last month! My husband is an amazing cook but works long hours so I do all of the cooking. I have tried about six of your recipes so far and he has loved all of them and is always asking what I am going to try next! Can't say thank you enough!

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  129. Made these today for lunch! They were really easy to make. Love that they are already portioned out! I'm not a big fan of meatloaf but these are pretty good!

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  130. LOVED it! I didn't have zucchini on hand but had some spinach so I made a quick substitution still delicious! :)

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  131. I didn't have any zucchini on hand. I skipped it and it still turned out GREAT. thanks for recipe :)

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  132. this was absolutely awesome! i sub'd a can of low sodium kidney beans (mashed) instead of zucchini, added dash of oregano'n'parsley/1 clove garlic minced/a few shakes of worcestershire sauce, used half a chopped onion & i baked for 22 minutes...highly recommended! oh & i got away with using only one layer of muffin liner (this lady on a diet is also a lady on a budget) though i did cheat with instant mashed potatoes (but hey it was for a potluck so they're lucky i was watching out for the meat part for them!)

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  133. Roughly how many zucchinis do I need for a cup of shredded? Thanks! On the meal plan for this week... do you think these would freeze well?

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    1. I used about 2/3 of one zucchini.

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  134. I made these tonight, they were great!!! I thought I may not have pressed the zucchini enough since they were liquidy when I took them out of the oven. but after sitting for 10 minutes it absorbed back in and they were perfect! Thanks for another great recipe : )

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  135. Delish!! Loved these! And so did my husband and kids. Although, not sure if I followed the recipe correctly, or my cupcake liners were a larger size than normal, but I ran out of mixture by the 8th one and had barely enough "frosting"? Next time I will make more... Looking so much forward to the next time! ;) So good! Love all your recipes!!

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    1. Oh, and cooking time... they had to go in for about 45 minutes... I must have taken a wrong turn somewhere. But they were good! Once they were done, I added the frosting and tossed them back in for a few minutes under the broiler to let them crisp...great idea!

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  136. We really enjoyed these! Had to bake a touch longer, about 25 minutes or so. But they came out great! And I didn't even have fresh thyme on hand. I used both dried thyme and dried onion and they were still very good. They will absolutely be making it into the regular rotation. Thanks!

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  137. Claudia Garcia9/18/12, 1:35 PM

    Thank you for posting this recipe. So easy and kid friendly. My kids loved the fact they were having "cupcakes" for dinner. My son tends to be picky about veggies, but he didn't even notice the zucchini in the recipe. The best part was it was a low calorie 30 min meal. Win-Win!! Definitely a repeat recipe.

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    1. Claudia Garcia9/18/12, 1:41 PM

      By the way I didn't use liners. I used a little cooking spray. Since there were no liners I think the portions were slightly bigger therefore I ended up with 11 cupcakes instead of 12. All turned out great.

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  138. I've made these a few times now and my family loves them! I'm not doing ww so I know this would change things for those who are, but I top my meatloaves with a little bbq sauce the last 10 minutes of baking (we do our potatoes on the side to save me the embarrassment of my cupcakes not looking as cute as yours!!). The bbq sauce gets warm and sticky and DELICIOUS!

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  139. This is going to sound odd, but we are making these for my daughter's 1st birthday. We wanted to celebrate with cupcakes but she HATES cake (not sure she is my daughter...) but LOVES meat. Since she won't eat regular cupcakes, we are going to make these for her to enjoy. Can't wait to see how the pictures turn out with her meatloaf cupcake. haha.

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  140. I made these for a party last weekend and they were wonderful. This receipe is a keeper!

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  141. Oh my goodness, I love these. Today was my first time making these, I did use a pork, veal, beef mixture with a tad more seasoning. They were so moist and amazing. Thanks for this great idea, perfect for portion control!

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  142. Is the calorie count for the meatloaf cupcake alone or does it include the mashed potato frosting?

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  143. Thanks for nice post, i like your post and i wan't to share with my friends

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  144. Does anyone know what the point value would be just for one of the cupcakes, without the frosting?

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    1. I just subtracted the point value from her mashed potato recipe.

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  145. Made these last night, they were delicious! My piping didn't turn out as pretty as the picture, but they were delicious!

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  146. Instead of the zucchini I used chopped broccoli slaw. My grandson is 11 yrs old and loves them. It is his favorite recipe to make for us when he stays over.

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  147. I know this is an older post, but if anyone is egg free and using this recipe I would try applesauce. I was out of eggs one day when I made it and just use a scoop of applesauce. I didn't measure though. It was so tasty that way.

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  148. About how much potato goes on top of each cupcake?

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  149. Such a great recipe! I sprayed my cupcake pan with olive oil instead of using liners since they were being served at family dinner and not at a party. I also used a potato and cauliflower puree instead of the mashed potato frosting recipe to make them even healthier. Was very happy with the end result!

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  150. Could you use regular cupcake wrappers in stead of foil one cause I don't have any foil ones plus could you make them in muffin cups with out the muffin pan

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  151. Could you use regular cupcake wrappers in stead of foil one cause I don't have any foil ones plus could you make them in muffin cups with out the muffin pan

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  152. These are sooo good! Topped mine with the cauliflower garlic puree for a low carb dinner, and it was a hit at my house! Thank you Gina for all the great recipes! P.S. when, and where might I be able to get your cookbook?

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  153. Thank you so much for these Gina! I just made them for the first time tonight! Not to mention how cute they are :)

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  154. I just made these as an april fool's day treat, and they were a huge hit! I've also never had zucchini before, but I didn't even notice it in there! Between this and your chicken rollotini with spinach, I've had more new veggies in the past two days than I have in the past 2 years! I am completely in love with your food, thank you for sharing!

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  155. Nice. Thanks for shearing this delicious pancake.

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  156. This was a huge hit with the family! My kids cleaned their plates & asked for more. I forgot to peel the potatoes which of course made for some interesting looking "frosting". ;) But it still tasted yummy! Definite comfort food!

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  157. I just made these for my boyfriend and I tonight, and they were Sooo good! I forgot to get zucchini, so I used grated carrot instead; still jut as amazing!

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  158. hi !!! It looks delicious !!! can´t wait to bake it, I just have a question, the oven must be at 350°, this are F° or C° I'm from mexico that's why I ask :)

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  159. Can you think of anything I could substitute the ketchup for as I'm allergic to tomatoes? Maybe some kind of proportion of milk and/or a thickener... I'd be curious if you have any ideas.

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    1. I have used condensed cream-of-mushroom soup instead of ketchup in my meatloaf's for 20 years. I don't care for ketchup & I like the little difference in texture the mushroom soup makes. I am not sure how this changes the "points".

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