Quick, Healthy, Delicious…Meatloaf Muffins and a Giveaway

meatloaf muffinsUpdate: September 19: We have a winner!!  Congratulations to Ginger who left the following comment: I am now a follower on Facebook thanks to the link with Meal Makeover Moms. What terrific prizes for a giveaway.Thanks so much to everyone who entered, and stay tuned for more fun giveaways!

I’m really excited about my giveaway, and this quick, healthy, and delicious recipe for meatloaf muffins, but first I have to ask you all a question…

Just how much multi-tasking can you accomplish in 3 hours when you put your mind to it???

Here’s what I can do…

  • Pick my kids up from school
  • Drive 20 minutes North in Friday afternoon traffic to Sports Authority for SiSi to pick out shorts for soccer practice {Never mind that she had 3 perfectly fine pairs of shorts the day before that magically disappeared. Hmm…}
  • Run over to nearby Party City to get helium balloons, plates, and napkins for SiSi’s birthday party dinner the next day. Wait in line for 15 minutes so the woman who sneaked in just in front of me can get 22 of her own helium balloons filled.  Doesn’t she know I have a soccer practice to get to???
  • Drive 25 minutes South in Friday afternoon traffic to drop SiSi off at her soccer practice.
  • Drive another 12 minutes home {yes, I timed it}, to drop off SiSi’s friend so she could make it in time for her own soccer practice.
  • Take some photos of Tall Papa’s gluten-free bread crumbs for this blog.
  • Mix together same bread crumbs with other delicious ingredients for meatloaf muffins, and plop the mixture in the fridge.
  • Drive another 12 minutes to pick up SiSi from soccer practice before returning home to put the mini meat loaf muffins in the oven and crack open a bottle of wine to share with my friend V. who stopped by to chat.

How about you?  Are you a multi-tasker? Can you blame me for the wine???

Here’s the recipe inspired by a recipe from No Whine With Dinner by The Meal Makeover Moms

Meatloaf Muffins {Gluten-Free or Regular}

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Meatloaf Muffins {Gluten-Free Option}
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon salt {use ¼ teaspoon if using bread crumbs with added salt}
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup bread crumbs or quick cooking oats {I use Tall Papa's Italian gluten-free bread crumbs}
  • 1 large or 2 medium carrots, grated, ~1 cup
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1¼ pounds lean ground beef {I use grass-fed ground sirloin, 90 % lean}
  • Optional, marinara, ketchup, or hot sauce to top off with before serving.
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups or 12 silicon baking cups with vegetable oil/cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Whisk the eggs, then mix in tomato paste, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder in a large bowl until combined. Stir in the bread crumbs {or oats}, carrots, and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Mix in the ground meat, using your hands to combine well, then divide the meat mixture evenly among the muffin tins/silicon cups.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees F.
  5. Cool before serving with optional marina, ketchup, or hot sauce.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 meatloaf muffins per person

meatloaf muffins in silicon moldsSmoosh the meatloaf mixture in to the silicon molds.  You can pre-grease them, but I also experimented without, and there was no sticking whatsoever. Like magic!

eating a meatloaf muffinIf you’re really hungry, eat them straight from the muffin molds! P.S. What do you think of the manicure??

meatloaf muffinOr, you can be more civilized, remove them from the molds, and eat them off a plate.  Which would you prefer???

Nutrition/Product Notes:

  • I made my version with gluten-free breadcrumbs from Tall Papa. The original recipe in No Whine With Dinner uses quick cooking oats for a fiber boost which is a great idea too. Note:  For those of you on a gluten-free diet, make sure you use certified gluten-free oats.
  • The tomato paste and shredded carrots give these muffins a extra dose of healthy antioxidants from lycopene and beta carotene.  Bonus: Kids AND Adults love the taste too!
  • These are great for dinner, but also can be made ahead of time, then frozen and defrosted for a easy lunch for yourself or the kids.

On to the giveaway…

I’m excited to be giving away three fabulous prizes to one lucky reader…

  • A three pack of Tall Papa’s delicious gluten-free bread crumbs {Italian, Cajun Spice , and Citrus Lime}. I have to say, I really love these bread crumbs, which are made with simple ingredients, and no artificial colorings, flavors, or preservatives.  If you don’t win the giveaway, you can buy them on line through the Tall Papa website.  Added bonus:  Tall Papa seems like a really nice guy  too, and it’s always fun supporting nice people who make healthy, wholesome products!
  • One copy of one of my favorite quick and healthy family cookbooks, No Whine With Dinner, by the fabulous Meal Makeover Moms.  My kids and I have been cooking together from this book for awhile now, and everything we have made so far has been delicious. SiSi and Big Tex have even tried {and liked!} veggies they might not have otherwise tried, just because they made the recipes themselves.  No kids?  Mr. Spicy and I love the recipes too!
  • A 12 pack of silicon muffin molds.  I just discovered these magical {no stick!} muffin molds the other day at Sur la Table.  Of course they work great for meatloaf muffins, but you can also use them for cupcakes, and other treats as well.

Tall Papa BreadcrumbsNo Whine With Dinner Cookbook and Silicon Muffin Molds

To enter the giveaway…

Giveaway Details:

  1. The contest runs from Wednesday September 12, until Wednesday September 19 at 9 pm Pacific Time. Giveaway is for US resident’s only please.
  2. You can enter  up to 5 times {see entry options below}. Please leave a separate comment for each entry action.
  3. Option 1: Visit Tall Papa’s website, and let me know which flavor of bread crumbs you would most like to try, along with a recipe idea for what you might make with the bread crumbs.
  4. Option 2: Tweet about this giveaway, and leave a comment letting me know you tweeted.
  5. Option 3:  Follow Tall Papa on Twitter, and leave a comment letting me know you followed.
  6. Options 3, 4, & 5: Follow me on PinterestTwitter, and/or Facebook and leave a separate comment for each action.  If you already follow me, just leave a comment letting me know that too.
  7. I will choose one name via random.org to win the bread crumbs, cookbook, and muffin molds. The winner must respond to my e-mail with a mailing address within 48 hours, or another winner will be chosen.

Giveaway & Review Disclosure:  Tall Papa gave me a three pack of bread crumbs to taste myself. My reviews of the product, however, are 100 % my own.  Tall Papa will be giving away the bread crumbs, and I am giving away the book and muffin molds that I purchased with my own money.

I’m thinking Tall Papa’s Breadcrumbs would be fabulous is my Amazingly Addictive Artichoke Squares too! What are your favorite ways to use breadcrumbs?

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  1. I would most like to try the citrus-lime breadcrumbs because that is a really unique breadcrumb variety! I have been making a cilantro-lime salmon lately and it might work really well to use these breadcrumbs on that!

  2. I follow you on Twitter!

  3. I like you on Facebook.

  4. I would like to try the Italian flavor breadcrumbs. I would use them when making hamburgers, just to add a little extra flavor to the burgers.

  5. All the driving is crazy isn’t it! I used to spend 4-5 hours in the car (yes I timed it too!). Fortunately, the twins now have their license and will be driving themselves a lot more finally this year! I love the idea of meatloaf muffins – so fun. I haven’t heard of Tall Papa’s gluten-free breadcrumbs, but would love to try them.

  6. I’d like to try the Italian Cajun Spice breadcrumbs – we’re a spicy family! I might try making chicken fingers with these for the kids or your meatloaf muffins.

  7. Just tweeted your post/giveaway.

  8. Following Tall Pappa on twitter.

  9. I follow you on Twitter

  10. I follow you on twitter.

  11. And facebook.

  12. I’ve been using a lot of cajun spice lately so at this moment in time, I’d most like to try the cajun bread crumbs.

  13. I’m also a pinterest follower.

  14. I would like to try the citrus lime bread crumbs!

  15. I tweeted about this giveaway!

  16. i follow Tall Papa on twitter

  17. I follow you on twitter and facebook

  18. i follow you on pinterest

  19. i follow you, like you on facebook

  20. I’d love to try the Cajun Spice Crumbs! I bet they’d be fantastic on a homemade mac & cheese!

  21. I would love to try the Gluten Free Italian Seasoned Multi Grain Bread Crumbs to make Italian encrusted chicken breasts! Sounds so yummy! Thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway! 🙂

  22. I am a happy follower on Facebook!! Thank you! 🙂

  23. I just signed up on Facebook!

  24. I follow you on Pinterest and Facebook.

  25. I’d like to try the Italian breadcrumbs for my turkey burgers: 1lb. ground turkey, 1 shredded zucchini, 1 egg, 1/3 cup breadcrumbs, salt & pepper to taste. I like the sound of the cilantro lime ones for a salmon dish too. Thanks.

  26. I would like to try the citrus lime breadcrumbs. I would use them to coat tilapia and bake them. Yummy!

  27. I love mini meatloaf muffins- yours look great! I now follow TP on twitter

  28. I follow you on twitter of course 😉

  29. Tweeting about this now!

  30. Love the nail polish!!! Super cool!! I like eating right out of the silicone…plenty civilized for me! 🙂
    What a VERY generous give away Spicy!!! This is what I did to enter:
    -Liked Tall Papa on twitter
    -I follow you on all your avenues…Pinterest, FB,Twit
    -I tweeted your gvway on twitter
    Thanks a lot busy lady!!!

  31. I am now a follower on Facebook thanks to the link with Meal Makeover Moms. What terrific prizes for a giveaway.

  32. My husband is a huge fan of all sorts of meatball. These look delish and irresistible.

  33. Wow! You accomplished a LOT in 3 hours!!!

    The meatloaf muffins sound & look very good!

    All the breadcrumb flavors sound great (and perfect for different dishes). I would choose the Italian flavor and make my baked eggplant with them.

  34. The cajun spice sounds excellent! And yes, I am quite the multitaskier. I always plan my errands like you do so I can maximize my time. 🙂

  35. I follow you on twitter! 🙂

  36. Definitely the cajun spice!

  37. I follow you on twitter @grainfreefab

  38. I follow Tall Papa, @grainfreefab

  39. I follow you on pinterest

  40. just visited Tall Papa’s site. Would love to try the GF italian seasoning crumbs! That website is so cute & authentic-Italian-looking. 🙂

  41. I foolow you on pinterest.

  42. Sorry, my iPad keeps spontaneously shutting down, so I’m trying to keep my comments short. I follow you on facebook as well.
    Forgot to mention which recipe I would use breadcrumbs for… This one, of coursea, 🙂

  43. I’d love the Gluten-Free Cajun Spice Seasoned Bread Crumb — I think I would try making some type of pork chops which I coated with this seasoning!
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  44. I follow Tall Papa on Twitter as MsCarolsueA
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  45. I follow you on Pinterest as cezovski9
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  46. I follow you on Twitter as MsCarolsueA
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  47. I like you on Facebook (Carolsue Anderson)
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  48. I’d love to try the cajun bread crumbs.

    I love this recipe, I always put sauce on my meatloaf, too. It’s the only way!

  49. I followed Tall Papa on twitter

  50. I already follow you on every site 🙂

  51. I tweeted…

  52. You know, my first thought was, can I travel with this delicious treat! They are a fun idea, and slatgered with tomato sauce is EVEN better:-) Sorry I haven’t stopped by in awhile, hope you are well! Sendinv hugs, Terra

  53. they look delish


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