This recipe is taken from the 2010 Milk Calendar. The good nutrition of Milk and vegetables is baked right into these fun-size, quick-to-make meat loaves. Serve with your family’s favourite vegetable and mashed or baked potatoes.
- Prep: 10 min - 15 min
- Cooking: 20 min
- 3/4 cup (180 mL) quick-cooking rolled oats
- 1 tsp (5 mL) dried basil or dried oregano
- 3/4 tsp (3 mL) salt
- 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
- 1 cup (250 mL) Milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 carrot shredded
- 1 small zucchini shredded
- 1 1/2 lbs (675 g) lean ground beef or chicken or turkey or pork or veal
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) ketchup or barbecue sauce
Preheat oven to 400 °F (200 °C).
In large bowl, combine rolled oats, basil, salt, pepper, milk and eggs; let stand for 5 min. Meanwhile, peel carrot. Shred carrot and zucchini on the coarse side of a cheese or box grater and measure 1/2 cup (125 mL) of each. Add to milk mixture in bowl.
Add ground meat and blend well with a fork. Scoop mixture evenly into 12-cup muffin pan. Pack lightly and flatten tops. Spread with ketchup or barbecue sauce.
Place muffin pan on a rimmed baking sheet to catch drips. Bake for 20 min or until thermometer inserted in centre of one registers at least 165 °F (75 °C). Remove from pan with two spoons, draining off excess liquid.
For easier clean up, cut twelve 5-inch (12.5 cm) squares of parchment paper and line each cup of the muffin pan with a square, letting edges of paper stick up above edge of cup. Pack the meat mixture into lined cups. You’ll need to increase the baking time by about 5 min.Make a double batch of tiny meat loaves, let extras cool and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Place in a freezer bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost and reheat on pie plate in 350 °F (180 °C) oven for about 15 min or microwave, uncovered, on plate on Medium (50%) power for 2 to 3 min each.
For the Adventurous: Add 2 cloves roasted garlic, mashed, with the vegetables and replace ketchup with spicy fruit chutney or cranberry sauce.
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Nutritional informationPer serving
Top 5 Nutrients
|Calcium:||9 % / 97 mg|
|Vitamin B12:||155 %|
|Vitamin B6:||31 %|