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Paleo Meatloaf Muffins-Kid tested & approved!

Posted Mar 19 2013 7:59am

I am pretty picky when it comes to mid-week dinners. They need to taste good, be healthy, & not be too labor intensive. And by taste good, I mean that my kids actually need to eat them. What good is a recipe if your kids won’t eat it & you are faced with the decision of making another meal on the fly, or making your kids go hungry until breakfast?  I never see my kids in the morning before school. Because of where we live and how early I need to be in school every day, I leave before they wake up to avoid traffic & get to work on time. That means that the only time I get to spend with my kids is the few hours from after school until they go to bed. I don’t want to waste all this time in the kitchen making dinner. I am willing to give up around 30 minutes, but that’s it.  What I love most about this recipe is how simple it is, and because the meatloaf is in the shape of a muffin, the kids think it’s fun! All you need to do is throw the ingredients in a bowl, mix it with your hands, put in a muffin pan, and bake.  Serve it in all its cute muffin-shape glory with a side of veggies & fruit and you have a perfect paleo kid meal.

 

Paleo Kid Meatloaf Muffin Cups

1 lb. ground beef or bison

meatloaf muffins

meatloaf muffins

2 eggs

½ cup almond meal

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried Italian seasoning

½ tsp garlic powder

2-3 cloves minced garlic

½  tsp salt

¼  tsp pepper

These muffins are freezer friendly too.  I usually whip up a double or triple batch to have some to put in the freezer for those nights when either meal planning didn’t happen or I tried a new recipe that turned into an epic fail.  (My most recent double batch made a dozen muffins.) I will also take 2 of these to school to have for a quick breakfast. I love seeing the looks that my student’s give me when they see my breakfast :-) Having a stocked freezer for emergencies is key, however I don’t let my kids have the freezer foods ( chicken tenders , meatballs , sausages , nitrite-free hot dogs) until they take a few tasting bites of the new food first. What are some family rules that you use at the dinner table?

I hope you and your family like these as much as mine do! Let me know what you think if you try them.

Enjoy!


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