Monday, January 21, 2013

Mini Meeeeat loaves

Sorry about the Mini Meeeeat loaf title but it reminded me of the Austin Powers shows with Dr. Evil and Mini me. As you know I'm trying to eat healthier and help my husband eat healthier too, I try to come up with healthier but tastier recipes for meat and veggies since that is what my husband likes to eat in the evening. So I thought I would make mini meat loaves. For some reason my hubby seems to get heartburn with my usual meatloaf recipe, so one evening I just threw this and that into some ground beef and this is what I came up with. He LOVED them and didn't get heartburn! Sorry they aren't picture pretty, but they taste delicious! I served them with steamed broccoli, how heart healthy is that? Enjoy!

Mini Meat Loaves
1 to 2 pounds lean ground beef
1 Poblano pepper, seeded and diced
3 or 4 green onions, diced (I use the whole thing, both white and green parts)
1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic
2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
1/2 cup Panko crumbs (found in the Chinese food section)
1 egg
1/3 cup salsa (any kind you like, I used a homemade chipotle for the spice)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon Chipotle pepper powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (have I told you I LOVE parchment paper? It sure helps with clean up! ) If you don't have parchment paper, spray with a non-stick cooking spray.
In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat about 1 tablespoon Olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the poblano pepper and saute until slightly tender (about 3 minutes) Then add the diced green onions and garlic; saute for another 2 or 3 minutes. Remove this from heat and let cool slightly.
In a large bowl add the ground beef, poblano mixture, flax seed, Panko crumbs, egg, salsa, salt, black pepper, and chipotle pepper. Toss with a fork (or use your fingers) until the ingredients are combined. Then divide your beef mixture into 5ths or 6ths (or however mini meat loaves you want) I think I had about a pound and a half and made 5 mini loaves.
Take each piece of your burger mixture and form into a loaf shape and place on your prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes (depends on the size of your mini loaves, I baked mine for about 25 minutes), or until the juices run clear. Serve with a steamed veggie and enjoy!


  1. Di, just to let you know that your link to Food on Friday: Slow Cooker was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series today. Have a nice week.

  2. Thanks Carole for sharing a link to my recipes! I had to check out your blog! Loved it!