Diner Meat Loaf Muffins

As a child, I always dreaded meat loaf night, so it’s something I never made for my family.  That’s right, 24 years of marriage, and no meat loaf!  Well, I recently came across this Cooking Light recipe and decided to give meat loaf another try.  Turns out it was a huge hit with my family, and shockingly, me too!

Diner Meat Loaf Muffins

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup ketchup, divided
1 1/2 pounds ground beef, extra lean (raw)
1 cup finely crushed fat-free saltine crackers (about 20)
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
Cooking spray

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add chopped onion, chopped carrot, dried oregano, and minced garlic; saute 2 minutes.  Cool.

3.  Combine onion mixture, 1/2 cup ketchup, and remaining ingredients (except for cooking spray) in large bowl.

4.  Spoon meat mixture into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray.  Top each with 2 teaspoons ketchup.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160 degrees.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Yield: 6 servings (serving size:  2 muffins).

Calories 276, Fat 8.6g, Protein 28.7g, Carb 21.7g, Fiber 1.8g.