I love meatloaf. It reminds me of a TV dinner, or an old fashioned meal from way back when. These mini meatloaf muffins are healthy, easy, and packed with protein.
I like mini meatloaf muffins better than a big meatloaf since they cook faster, and the part of a meatloaf I like the best is the crunchy edges. The middle tends to get crumbly for me, and there’s a lot less middle with these.
Two pounds of meat makes 12 muffins, so a servings size would be two to three muffins. Since these cook for less time than a traditional meatloaf, I used my Nutribullet to chop the veggies small enough to make sure they cooked through. I also added in some extra veggies to get some extra nutrition. They are chopped so finely they aren’t even noticeable, in case you have some picky eaters. I switched out the traditional bread crumbs for rolled oats to boost the nutritional value again. They got a little help from the Nutribullet as well. Just a few pulses and they were ground finely like bread crumbs.
Mini Meatloaf Muffins
2 pounds lean ground sirloin
1/2 cup rolled or old fashioned oats
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 small onion
1/2 cup baby spinach
4-5 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
fresh ground pepper
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with olive oil spray.
Place the beef into a large bowl.
Pulse the raw oats in a Nutribullet or food processor until ground.
Add the ground oats to the beef.
Chop the carrots and onion in the Nutribullet. Add to beef and oats.
Chop the spinach and garlic in the Nutribullet. Add to beef mixture.
Stir in one egg, vinegar, ketchup, and salt and pepper.
By the way, you may need to get your hands dirty to mix well.
Then, divide into 12 little balls and put into your muffin tin.
Finally, bake for approximately 30 minutes.
Serve with some healthy sides, like baked mashed sweet potatoes and green beans, or if you want to go really old school make some peas and carrots.
If you like, add a little extra ketchup to the top like the mailman does. Ketchup is fairly low in calories but does have some sugar, so not too much. Better yet, try some mustard.
Let me know what you think! Enjoy!