Classic Mini Meatloaf Muffins {grain-free; dairy-free}

I can’t even begin to count how many times I have stood in front of the open fridge, staring at the meat drawer, thinking “What am I going to make for dinner?”. It’s not like the contents of the drawer will magically change, I could just close the fridge and figure it out, but I think “If I stare hard enough, dinner will magically just appear, right?”.

This is even more magnified when I’m staring at ground beef. Even after 3+ years of paleo, I still think of ground beef primarily for spaghetti or cheesy casseroles. Which is kind of crazy, since I’ve used it for so much more than that in the last 3 years and can’t even remember the last time I made spaghetti.

Classic Mini Meatloaf Muffins {grain-free; dairy-free} by Our Paleo Life

The other night, I just caved and said “Fine! Meatloaf it is!”. We’re not really big fans of a huge loaf of meat, so I don’t make it often. But I was tired of thinking. I grew up with ketchup smothered meatloaf and I really like it, so I decided to go that route. And since the clock was speeding towards 6 o-clock and I knew the dreaded “mooooommmmm, when are we eating?” was coming, I decided on muffins instead of an entire loaf.

Classic Mini Meatloaf Muffins {grain-free; dairy-free} by Our Paleo Life

I quickly made some Paleo Balsamic Ketchup, threw some ingredients in a bowl (cassava flour is necessary to keep this grain-free), and 20 minutes later, dinner was on the table. I’m pretty sure that by making meat-muffins instead of a whole loaf had 2 effects:

  1. It didn’t dry out, since the muffin cups kept most of the juices in the meat and not drained in the bottom of a large loaf pan.
  2. The kids really liked them and wanted more (tiny food tastes better, it’s a scientific fact).
Classic Mini Meatloaf Muffins {grain-free; dairy-free} by Our Paleo Life

Also, if you pipe mashed potatoes from an open-star frosting tip, even the potato-haters (ie: my 5-year-old) will gobble them up. Just so you know.

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3 Comments on “Classic Mini Meatloaf Muffins {grain-free; dairy-free}

  1. Victoria C.

    I am not familiar with cassava flour and would have to order online in order to get it. Could you use some other whole 30 compliant flour like almond meal or coconut flour?

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    1. Kendra Benson

      I have not tried this with any other flour, so I can’t say for sure how they would turn out with anything else. If you try coconut flour, only use 1/4 to 1/3 of what is called for in the recipe, since it absorbs much more liquid. Almond flour may be a similar quantity, but have more on hand just in case you need it to hold everything together.

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