Monday, August 16, 2010

Mini Italian Meat Loaves

These mini meat loaves are so full of flavor you'll never want to go back to traditional meat loaf again.  I got this recipe from the Pampered Chef a few years ago and tweaked it a bit to make it a little more skinny friendly.  My girls LOVE these and so does my husband.  I usually try to serve them with some steamed veggies on the side and a side salad for a nutritious flavorful dinner. 

Servings:  4
Calories:  265
Total Fat:  14g
Cholesterol:  85mg
Carb:  11g
Protein:  28g
Sodium:  750mg
Fiber:  1g

Mini Italian Meat Loaves

1/4 cup chopped onion
16oz. 90% lean ground beef
1/4 cup unseasoned dry bread crumbs
2 small garlic cloves, pressed
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup refrigerated marinara sauce, divided
1/2 cup (2 ounces) 2% shredded Italian cheese blend

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Chop onion and combine in a mixing bowl with ground beef, bread crumbs, pressed garlic, seasoning, salt and black pepper.  Add 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce; mix lightly but thoroughly. 

2.  Shape meat mixture into four small loaves and place on baking dish; top with remaining marinara sauce.  Bake 25-30 minutes or until meat is no longer pink in centers. 

3.  Sprinkle loaves with cheese; bake 1 minute or just until cheese begins to melt.  Remove from oven to serving plates.

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