Try My Mini Meatloaf Muffins!

These tasty mini turkey meatloaves offer a strategic way to get picky kids (and adults!) eating more veggies. The finely chopped red peppers, carrots, mushrooms and celery blend right in, so there's less likely to be a fuss at the dinner table. Plus, you'll love the petite size of these meatloaf "muffins," which are baked in a standard muffin pan and come out of the oven perfectly portion-controlled (great for freezing too). For an extra dose of produce, top your meatloaf muffins with mashed sweet potato "frosting!"

Mini Turkey Meat Loaves
Makes 8 mini meat loaves

1 yellow onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1 pound lean ground turkey or chicken
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1/2 teaspoon rubbed (ground) sage
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup ketchup
8 bay leaves (optional)

Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a standard 12-cup muffin tray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Coat a large sauté pan with nonstick cooking spray and sauté the onions for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Add the pepper, celery, and carrots, and sauté for an additional 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, add ground meat, egg whites, cooled vegetables, thyme, sage, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Using your hands, mix the ingredients until they are fully incorporated.

Divide the seasoned meat mixture among 8 muffin cups, smoothing the top of each mini meat loaf to make it level. Coat each mini meat loaf with ketchup and apply a bay leaf, if desired. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Serves 4
Serving Size: 2 mini loaves

Cooked mini meat loaves may be frozen for up to 2 months.

NUTRITION for 2 Mini Loaves
Calories: 233
Total fat: 8 g
Saturated fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 80 mg
Sodium: 646 mg
Carbohydrate: 13 g
Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 26 g