Italian Mini MeatLoaf Muffins capture all the flavor of your favorite comfort food for less calories and fat. Make them ahead and freeze for a quick, kid-friendly weeknight dinner.

My girls LOVE spaghetti with meat sauce but balk at hamburgers so I’ve found an another way to rework lean gound beef into a fun, proportioned, kid (and adult)-friendly meal: mini meatloaf muffins.

Kids love the yummy flavor of these simple Italian Mini Meatloaf Muffins via @holleygraingerClick To Tweet

This recipe is inspired by Diner Style Meat Loaf Muffins by Cooking Light that uses cracker crumbs and ketchup. I’ve jazzed it up with panko breadcrumbs, tomato sauce, fresh basil, and parmesan to give it more of an Italian flare.

These meatloaf muffins are similar to giant meatballs and are packed with finely chopped carrots and onions for extra veggies. Let your little ones help mix the meat mixture (but make sure to watch their hands after).

To make the recipe ahead, let the muffins cool then wrap each individually and freeze. Pull them out when you need a healthy and speedy meal that pleases everyone.

Make Italian Mini Meatloaf Muffins ahead and freeze for a #kidfriendly meal via @holleygraingerClick To Tweet


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