i've never been a huge fan- i liked meatloaf okay on the evenings my mother prepared it: fresh, hot, a tiny bit crispy on the edges, but soft & juicy on the inside.
however, she (ever the loving mother who packed my lunches for me for 17 years!) tended to pack a cold piece of meatloaf between 2 pieces of bread the next day for my lunch.
not my favorite.
so i have avoided meatloaf in my married life/motherhood cooking adventures for the most part.
then last night i had 1 lb of nice ground beef staring at me- needing to be used. i dug into my recipe file for something that my kids might eat.
Berry Mini Meatloaf. Perfect!
cute little muffin size meat loaves with yummy berries poured over the top- easy, yummy, fun!
i highly recommend it- make a batch of your favorite (preferably NOT spicy) meatloaf recipe, then divide it into a muffin tin. cook at 350 for 30 minutes.
while those are cooking, put 1 cup of frozen berries (i used some fabulous local blackberries that i froze last summer) and 1 cup of orange juice on the stove to simmer.
when you're ready to serve, just pour 1-2 tbsp of berry sauce over each mini meatloaf! seriously- how easy & tasty is that?
did my kids eat it?
julia picked at it & ate some of the beans & rice i served with it.
caroline stood on her chair & sat in time out for most of dinner.
(by the way, the beans & rice were supposed to be dinner the evening before, but i didn't get the beans soaked early enough & they were still crunchy at dinner time. BUT- they tasted fabulous with this meal!
red beans cooked in lightly salted water, drained, then seasoned with a bit of rosemary & reheated in hot olive oil. the long grain white rice was cooked with roasted garlic & olive oil. simple & yummy!)