Sunday, January 22, 2012

Turkey Veggie Meatloaf Cups (C3)

Source: Modified from recipe at:

2 cups coarsely chopped zucchini   (this is what makes this recipe C3 and not C1)
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped onions
1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 pound extra lean ground turkey
2 Tbsp flaxseed meal or your favorite cycle-compliant filler
1 egg
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup barbecue sauce, or as needed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray 20 muffin cups with cooking spray.

Place zucchini, onions, and red bell pepper into a food processor, and pulse several times until finely chopped but not liquefied.

Place the vegetables into a bowl, and mix in ground turkey, flaxseed meal, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard until thoroughly combined. Fill each prepared muffin cup about 3/4 full. Top each cup with about 1 teaspoon of barbecue sauce.

Bake in the preheated oven until juices run clear, about 25 minutes. Internal temperature of a muffin measured by an instant-read meat thermometer should be at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Simmie's Notes:
I would imagine if you chopped the zucchini/onions/bell peppers really small, or just grated them, you could eliminate the need for a food processor to accomplish this.


  1. I read in the back of the book- the cultural adaptations that zuccini was OK for Cycle 1. Am I wrong?

  2. No, you're not wrong, but if you want to maximize your weight loss, then it is best to stick with the food lists in the chapters on cycles 1, 2, and 3 and hold off on the zucchini until cycle 3.

    It's really your choice where you want to bend the rules a bit. The Cultural Exceptions area really is for people who, if they couldn't eat some of the things that they are used to eating (covered in those chapters) and would otherwise give up on the diet....THEN eat some of them. But for most of us, sticking to the basic food lists will provide the best results.

    My feeling is that if he felt it was ok for everyone to eat what's in the Cultural Exceptions diet -- they would have been included in the cycle 1, 2, and 3 chapters food lists.