Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mini Meat Loaves with Ketchup Glazes

These individual-size loaves are a great instant meal for busy families. Keep several in the freezer to reheat for dinner, or slice up for lunch-box sandwiches.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 40 minutes
Yield: 8 meat lovers

1. Meat Loaves:
  • 2 lbs. lean ground round beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 packets (98 oz. each) instant oatmeal, regular flavor
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
2. Glaze:
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar
How to make:
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. In large bowl, mix together meat, onion, instant oatmeal, eggs, ketchup, milk Worcestershire sauce, and salt until well-combined. Divided meat mixture into 8 servings and shape into individual loaves. Place meat loaves in a 9" x 13" baking pan.
  2. Prepare glaze: In a small bowl, blend together ketchup and brown sugar. Brush tops and sides of meat loaves; bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 160 degree F when inserted into center of loaves. Let cool 10 minutes.
  3. Serve 4 meat loaves with mashed potatoes, if desired. Cool remaining meat loaves for 25 minutes. Wrap individually in plastic wrap or waxed paper and freeze.
Nutrition per serving: 379 calories, 25 g protein, 21 g fat, 21 g carbohydrate, 71 mg calcium, 1 g fiber.

To reheat: Place meat loaves in a pan, and thaw in refrigerator overnight. Unwrap and bake 15 minutes in 350 degree F oven, or microwave loaves just until heated through.

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