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Stuffed Mini Meatloaf Delight

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Parsley infused mini meatloaf

I’m in need of healthy comfort food! I’m sooooo tired. My 4.5 year old had her 1st sleepover last night and I’m so tired today. When I’m tired, I’m always craving comfort food. I did go to the gym today for my hour long step class!! (45 day challenge)

This meatloaf recipe is a must…trust me. This recipe is sort of family recipe with an added twist. Therefore, I need to credit my mom and dad for the recipe. They made numerous meatloafs each month for church. This recipe is perfection but I made a twist and decided to make mini versions. This recipe is so easy. It doesn’t involve drying out any bread crumbs. We use oatmeal to create a nice, fluffy, juicy meatloaf.

Mini meatloaf allows you to stuff your meatloaf to each individual interests of you family. I stuffed mine with spinach and string cheese. My husband’s version was stuffed with basic plain stick cheese. Other meatloaf stuffing ideas: any type of cheese with asparagus, turkey pepperoni, mac & cheese, turkey bacon and peppers.

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Prep is easy and fun!

I don’t have fancy meatloaf pans. I just shape by hand and weigh out each portion at about 9 to 10 ounces.

My husband (Dan) never liked meatloaf until he tried this recipe. That says a lot! Speaking of, I’m going to start to include his opinion from time to time at end of his favorite food blogs to give you the guy’s perspective.

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Top with Ketchup before baking!

Mix all the meatloaf ingredients. The key is to fold the ingredients together in order to avoid over mixing. Over mixing really affects the taste. Simply shape into small meatloaf sizes and bake 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees. Using a meat thermometer, you want the inside to be 160-170 degrees. Never overcook meatloafs. A dry meatloaf is the worst kind!

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Potatoes, lemon juice, garlic and parmesan cheese

As a side you can make mashed potatoes or parsley fingerlike potatoes as I did tonight. Always serve with some sort of vegetable to salad. This meal was Grade A!

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Mini version allows you to alter the inside stuffing

Husband (Dan) Dishes Out: In a buzzed state the other night, I suggested that from time to time a man’s perspective is needed on this website. I never knew that I would be held to it.  Every now and then, I will put my two cents worth towards Cook Delight meals. My criteria will always be that the meals I will weigh in on will incorporate the following: pork products and what I call the three B’s (beer/booze, beef,and bacon) and sometimes chicken. Mark my words…I will never comment on humus, feta, or spinach infused dishes. I am honored that Diana will let me guest blog from time to time.

Ladies….This is the meal that you want to feed to your man.  It has pork products mixed with beef. You never can go wrong with ketchup. I feel like I can drink the stuff as a bloody mary mix. Mark my words…the mini ones will be great for a party/appetizer and the full size one for an entree. 

Stuffed Mini Meatloaf Delight

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (90/10)
  • 1/2 lb Italian pizza sausage
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, sage, ground mustard & oregano
  • 5 low fat string cheese sticks
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 Tbsp Ketchup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Fold the meat, sausage, egg, milk, seasoning & parsley together. Divide into 9-10 ounce balls. On wax paper, flatten out each ball into a flat square. Stuff each square with cheese, mold into a mini loaf and place into a sprayed pan. Leave about 1/2 each between each loaf. Top each loaf with about 1 tablespoon of ketchup.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes until load reaching 165-170 degrees. Slice and serve. Enjoy!

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