Adorable Muffin Tin Meatloaf makes a fun and nutritious family dinner! “Baby” meatloaves offer the classic flavor and protein-rich nutrition of the full-sized version, but they cook WAY quicker. So you can put meatloaf on the menu on a busy weeknight. (Tuck leftovers into lunchboxes, too!)
Thanks to Heinz Ketchup for sponsoring this post, and for their cool new style of ketchup with a Blend of Veggies. This ketchup has carrots and butternut squash mixed right in. So kids can gain experience with these veggies in a rich, yummy ketchup they already like. Neat!
Kids WILL eat the homemade meals you cook for them. Sometimes it just takes a little creativity, and a special ingredient with loads of kid-appeal!
These sweet little meatloaves offer just that. Made in a muffin tin and topped with Heinz’ new Blend of Veggies ketchup, this beefy main course comes in a size and flavor that kids love.
First, get a giant bowl, and get your mixing hands ready! Reserve half the ketchup, then mix everything else together. (Gotta love the simplicity of meatloaf!)
Next, grease a muffin pan (or use liners, or a silicone muffin pan.) Use a spoon to scoop the meatloaf mixture evenly into the muffin tin. To get pretty rounded tops, you can also roll the mixture into balls, as if you were making big meatballs. Then just drop the balls into the muffin tin.
Lastly, spoon the remaining ketchup over the top of the baby meatloaves, and slide that beautiful dinner into the oven.
Since the meatloaf is separated into smaller portions, the cook time is reduced by half or more, compared to a traditional large-sized meatloaf.
So if you’re all sad because you think you don’t have time for meatloaf, guess what? You have time for meatloaf.
Filling and protein-rich meatloaf is just begging for a light, colorful side of in-season fruits and veggies. Try it with steamed green beans, frozen peas, green salad, or baked sweet potato fries (which are totally dippable in Heinz Blend of Veggies Ketchup, btw.)
If you’d like to add a grain to your meatloaf meal, whole wheat dinner rolls or brown rice pair well.
Heck yes. Par-freeze them on a baking sheet, then dump them into a zip-top bag for longer-term storage. Defrost them in the fridge for a day before you plan to re-heat.
We’re choosy about the ingredients we serve our kids, and we like knowing that Heinz is choosy about their ketchup ingredients, too. This ketchup has…
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, chopped carrot, dried oregano, and minced garlic; sauté 2 minutes.
Combine onion mixture, 1/2 cup ketchup, and the remaining ingredients except cooking spray in a large bowl.
Spoon the meat mixture into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Top each with 2 teaspoons ketchup. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F. Let stand for 5 minutes.