These Skinny Mama Meals Greek Meatloaf Muffins with Homemade Tzatziki dip are savory, zesty and can help you get and stay slim.
I made these with turkey, but you can use lean ground beef or lamb, a combo of those two, or my new favorite- organic ground chicken.
The Tzatziki sauce is easy to make and I added store bought creamy hummus on the side- yum!
1.) Ground turkey, beef, lamb, or chicken- I used 1.40 pounds of 99% fat free ground white meat turkey. About 700 calories.
You can make this with one pound, they’ll just be a little smaller.
Psst: You can always bulk out any of my meatloaves with one small to medium shredded zucchini, grated with a cheese grater. It disappears when they’re cooked.
2.) One and a half cups fresh baby spinach leaves, I used organic baby spinach, about half a pre-washed bag, chopped by hand, 30 calories.
(I went with spinach and feta, but if you love fresh mint, parsley and/or oregano, feel free to add a bit of those, as well.)
3.) An entire container of crumbled fat free feta cheese. 210 calories (at 35 calories per serving, 6 servings per container.)
You can use regular feta, I think the fat free tastes almost just as good.
4.) One fourth cup dry bread crumbs, I used whole wheat Panko style bread crumbs, Ian’s brand. 70 calories.
5.) One third cup finely chopped or diced raw onion, yellow or white, 22 calories.
6.) Five or six fresh garlic cloves, peeled and finely diced or minced. 24 calories.
You can use less, I love garlic.
7.) One large egg, lightly beaten. I buy organic free range eggs, 70 calories.
8.) Olive oil spray, 60 calories.
9.) One half teaspoon garlic salt (optional), salt and pepper to taste.
For Tzatziki Dip:
1.) Fat Free Greek Yogurt, one half cup, I like Fage brand. 65 calories.
2.) One small cucumber, washed and diced, I used an organic Persian seedless cucumber. 16 calories.
3.) Lemon squeeze, garlic salt and/or salt and pepper. 5 calories.
4.) Optional: Fresh chopped parsley and or/mint leaves.
Just stir dip ingredients together, sprinkle some of the diced cucumber on top for garnish- about 90 calories for the whole shebang.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
You don’t have to pre-cook anything, the spinach, garlic and onions all cook with the meat.
In a large bowl, put the meat, the bread crumbs, the egg, the chopped spinach leaves, the finely chopped onion and garlic, the feta cheese and the garlic salt and mix all of it together.
I just use a large spoon first and then my clean hands to really distribute everything.
Add a dash of the optional mint, parsley and/or oregano, if ya like.
Spray a regular sized nonstick muffin tin pan generously with the olive oil spray. The kind that makes 12 regular sized cupcakes, not minis.
Scoop the mixture into the muffin tins with a spoon, about one third cup each or less, don’t overfill. You can form the tops into mounds or flat with a spoon or your fingers.
I spray the tops of the muffins again with the olive oil spray one more time before cooking.
Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes on a wire rack or until the meatloaves are lightly browned on the edges and cooked through.
After they cool, you can even store the “muffins” in a big Ziplock bag in the fridge.
Calories: Approximately 1,200 calories (or less) for the whole batch of 12, so only about 100 calories per muffin.
The Tzatziki adds less than 10 calories per tablespoon, hummus is about 35 calories per tablespoon.
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