These turkey quinoa muffins are like little meatloaf bites that are high in protein and only about 100 calories each.

Turkey quinoa muffins
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Let me apologize up front.

There’s only so much prettying up you can do to muffins made primarily out of ground turkey, quinoa and eggs. You know the saying “lipstick on a pig,” well, here it’s parsley on a turkey muffin.

It helped…a little.

Luckily the saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” has some weight to it though because these are a prime example of just that. Not the sexiest guy on the block, but don’t worry ladies, he makes up for it on the inside.

Ok, that’s like three idioms in four sentences…let’s move on.

Turkey quinoa bites

Ulysses made fun of these when I told him what they were. His response was something along the lines of “ohhh, you’re all into protein, protein, protein now. You’re gonna get like super huge muscles eating all this protein….” (said jokingly).

He’s partially right, I am a bit more “into” protein recently since starting the Livefit trainer program but I’m not just downing buckets of cottage cheese or anything.

I’d like to actually enjoy that extra protein and eat something besides egg whites which is pretty much what I’d be doing if following the meal plan exactly.

Also, this is coming from someone who as I’m typing this, is in the room above me telling some stranger on the internet that the enemy is coming up behind him. I think he might actually converse more with his Battlefield friends than me in a given day.

Needless to say, his criticism is taken with a grain of salt.

Muffins with turkey and quinoa

Back to the turkey muffins…

So let’s call a spade a spade, (let’s see how many idioms I can squeeze into one post) these are basically meatloaf muffins.

They’re made with oats and quinoa and a bunch of non traditional meatloaf spices, but that’s basically what they are, perfectly portioned (just about 100 cals, 10g protein, 7 carbs, 3.5g fat for those that care) tastier than average, meatloaf muffins.

Turkey quinoa meatloaf muffins

So go get your ducks in a row, get your feet wet and dig in.

See what I did there? Bam…8 in one post.

If cooking ground white meat freaks you out, be sure to check out this guide on how long to cook ground turkey. It should help boost your confidence for the most tender, juicy, perfectly cooked meat.

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Turkey Quinoa Muffins

Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Turkey quinoa meatloaf muffins
These turkey quinoa muffins are like little meatloaf bites that are high in protein and only about 100 calories each.


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 3/4 cooked red quinoa
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a muffin pan or line with muffin cups.
  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl together.
  • Roll into balls (about 3 tablespoons of the mixture per ball) and place in muffin tin.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until fully cooked.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes, use a knife to loosen the edges (the egg whites will sort of ooze out a bit and make them stick slightly) and cool on a rack.
  • Store in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 129kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 11gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 141mgFiber: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American

Adapted from Jamie Eason

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  1. I really appreciate the high protein healthy recipes!! I get tired of egg white, chicken, etc. and can’t wait to include these. YUM. PS- Your photography is so great!

  2. I just have to tell you, I am very picky about “favoriting” food blogs. But, I clicked the link from your comment on How Sweet Eats and the moment I saw that you had a recipe for quinoa I clicked that little star! I have been battling with how to make quinoa edible for my family for MONTHS. No one will eat it and I want to cry. I am SO SO SO thrilled to try this recipe! Thank you!

      1. Do you think, just to cancel out all healthy benefits, that I should use the other 2 egg yolks to make hollandaise for topping them with? ;)

        1. obviously ;) You could probably just use 2 regular eggs instead of any whites if you don’t even want to be tempted ;)

  3. parsley on a turkey muffin…Lol

    You did an amazing job on the photos of these. Until one would personally have to shoot little balls of meat that are brown in color, they would have no idea how tricky this could be…you nailed it!

  4. These look awesome and I bet are great to have in the fridge for the week to pop when a protein pick me up is needed. You have such great recipe ideas!!

  5. I never would’ve guessed that there was quinoa in these muffins/meatloaf balls. I love this, you’d be a great mom sneaking in good food for your kids ;) hahaha sorry, I went there, hope that doesn’t offend or scare you. These would be a great snack to tie over hunger between the hours of 2pm and 5pm for me lol

    1. haha, not offended but I think it might be the only thing I’d be a “good mom” at. The whole zero patience thing kinda makes me an unfit candidate.

  6. I love the look of these, they would be a perfect breakfast to go too. Wondering if I could make them without the grain, but not sure they would be dry enough.

    1. they were pretty “wet” as is so I think you’d need something to replace the grain…

  7. What a great recipe!!! Love it and only about 100 calories each! Perfect!!!