Cookie Monster's Mini Meatloaves

Jack is out little chef. So, I'm always looking for recipes that he can sink his hands into. Creations he'll actually eat. And, meals with real nutritional value. 

My Mom gave me Sesame Street's C is for Cooking, Recipes from the Street book when Jack was first starting solids. Now 2 1/2 years into his life, I actually tried it out. 

Justin was very hesitant when I mentioned I was cooking the meat loaves. First, he's the house head cook. Second, meat loaf is not the first recipe I should attempt. And third, something about a kid's recipe book just didn't sound tasteful.

To our surprise, Cookie Monster knows more than cookies. He's got a mean meat loaf. 

Cookie Monster's me-love-mini-meat-loaves

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Makes 4 - 6 servings (8 mini-meat loaves)

- 1 egg
- 1 lb. ground meat
- 1 cup uncooked old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 onion, grated
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Additional ketchup for topping (optional)
- Cooking spray/Vegetable oil

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat eight muffin cups with vegetable oil or nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2
Crack the egg into a small bowl. Remove any small egg shell pieces. In a large bowl, combine meat, oatmeal, onion, carrot, egg, ketchup, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. With clean hands or a wooden spoon, mix until well blended.

Step 3
Divide the mixture up into eight equal-sized balls.

Step 4 - Here's where the kids come in!
Place a ball of meat into each muffin cup and press down lightly. If you like, brush the top of each mini loaf with ketchup. Or make smiley faces.

Step 5
Bake until meat loaves are no longer pink in the center (about 20-25 minutes).

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