Baby turkey lentil muffins

I’m always excited to try out new recipes for Liv, especially when they’re protein-dense. She loves beans, chicken, fish and egg yolks, but I love looking for new ways to serve them, since most of the time, she’ll just have them plain with maybe some olive or coconut oil and herbs. A major thing we’re trying to avoid is salt -it’s recommended that you don’t add it to babies’ food- and I’m choosing to avoid most of the highly allergenic foods until after she’s one (tomatoes, strawberries and egg whites are the major ones we’re avoiding), even though our pediatrician said it didn’t matter. I’m mostly waiting on the strawberries since I was allergic to them as a kid.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to create meals for dinner with tiny modifications for Liv along the way. For example, we had BBQ salmon this past weekend and I left Liv’s plain, and we’ll grill her plain chicken breast or leave beans and grains without added salt (she seems to love when I flavor them with broth and herbs). She’ll always have pinch-up food (fruit, potatoes, veggies with coconut oil, puffs) and/or some kind of puree with her meals, too.

I had an idea to make a turkey lentil loaf, and figured it would be a fun way to switch up Liv’s usual beans or meat for protein kinda thing.

I preheated the oven to 350Β and in a large bowl, combined:

-1 C chopped carrots

-1 C chopped sweet onion, shallots and garlic Β (about 1/2 small onion, 1 shallot and 2 cloves of garlic)

(pulsed all of these in food processor to chop)

-1 packaged steamed lentils from Trader Joe’s (17.6 oz)- half pureed in the food processor, the other half left whole

-16 oz ground organic turkey

-1 t thyme

I mixed all of this to combine,

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(not the most gorgeous-looking mixture, but sometimes the foods that photograph the worst taste the best)

and then using a melon baller, scooped into a muffin pan (sprayed with the misto) making 8 baby turkey lentil muffins


-To the rest of the mixture, I added a decent amount of salt, splash of worcestershire sauce, mixed and pressed into a loaf pan (for Tom and myself)

-Baked the loaf and the muffins for 25 minutes, then removed the muffins to cool (muffins were done, loaf needed some more time)

-Covered the loaf with an equal mix of BBQ sauce and ketchup, baked for an additional 20 minutes

Usually when I try to make any kind of loaf, they crumble and fall apart. Then, I make one on the fly and it actually sticks together.

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Who knew?

The verdict: Liv LOVED her turkey lentil muffins- the perfect size as a dinner/lunch component with greens, potato and/or fruit.

Tom and I also enjoyed our lentil loaf with salads, baked potatoes and farmer’s market goat cheese.

A quick, easy, family meal with leftovers.. my favorite part πŸ˜‰

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Hope you enjoy! <3


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  1. Elizabeth M. on November 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    This sounds so yummy! Trader Joes opens here on FRIDAY, and I can’t wait to get their lentils again. This will be a fun way to use them πŸ™‚

  2. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on November 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I always make a turkey loaf with finely chopped pepper, onions are carrots that I saute ahead of time. The lentils sound like a great addition!

  3. Michele C on November 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm


  4. Emily @ Have Your Cake And on November 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    The trick to making meatloaf stay together is eggs! I usually use two egg whites, or one whole egg πŸ™‚

  5. Kels on November 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    That is so weird that egg whites are a common allergy and yokes aren’t. Anyway….yummy lookin reciepe πŸ™‚

  6. Purelymichelle on November 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    oh man this sounds wonderful! even for a non babies πŸ˜‰

  7. Tegan @ Happy Healthy Whole on November 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Yum – this just reminded me how good meatloaf is!
    Must remember to make it soon πŸ™‚

  8. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 28, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I love turkey meatloaf and I love lentil loaves, but I’ve never tried combining the two together. This looks delicious!

  9. Shaina Anderson on January 9, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    So as I’m getting Tripp ready for bed, I heard Patrick come in from work. Literally 30 seconds later, he walks into Tripp’s room licking his fingers and saying “oh man those turkey balls are good!” I said “why are you eating the baby’s food? Yours is the loaf right next to it. Now I have an odd number and he ate 2 tonight with his squash.” His response: “want me to eat another?”

    Haha. Men. Needless to say this was a hit tonight!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      haha i’m glad he liked them too! πŸ™‚

  10. Km on February 21, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Just a heads up – I bought the precooked lentils from TJs for my babies, too. Then I noticed that they had salt in them. Now I just make a big batch and freeze them!

  11. Alana on June 16, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I’ve had these pinned for awhile and finally made them tonight- SO GOOD! Especially with sriracha mixed in and baked on top (I’m just a bit obsessed). I also had to make my lentils first (oops) and eyeballed the amount to mix in but they turned out perfect!! Will be great for grab and go protein snacks this week πŸ™‚ thanks Gina!

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2013 at 12:32 am

      so glad they came out well πŸ™‚

  12. Margaret @ Have a Good Run on August 27, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Made these last night – came out great!!!

  13. Megan (The Lyons' Share) on October 31, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Hey Gina! Wanted to let you know that this has become one of my absolute go-to recipes! I posted about it today because I’ve made your muffins so many times! Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on October 31, 2013 at 10:42 am

      i’m so happy you like them πŸ™‚

  14. Greg on February 2, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Have you treied this recipe with beef? It’s what I have on hand. I assume it will work just as well.

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