What’s on the toddler menu this week? Meatloaf! I decided to go with a comfort food since it’s been cold and rainy here in North Carolina the past few days. My son likes hamburger and tomato bases, so I thought meatloaf might float his boat. I also disguised some veggies in these bite sized, little meatloaves and they turned out quite yummy!
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Ingredients: 1 lb ground chuck, 1 c. bread crumbs, 1 green pepper, 1 onion, 1 egg, 1 c. tomato sauce, 1 c. shredded cheese, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp mustard, 2 tbsp vinegar, salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Finely chop onion and pepper.
2. Mix raw ground beef, bread crumbs, peppers, onions, cheese, egg, 1/2 c. tomato sauce and salt and pepper until well combined.
3. Scoop mixture into an oven safe baby food container. You can also bake this in an 8×8 greased casserole dish. This recipe made 17 food pods. I doubled it to make a loaf for mama and daddy to enjoy as well.
4. Bake for 20 mins. While baking, mix up the baste. Combine brown sugar, mustard, vinegar and 1/2 c. tomato sauce, mix well. After cooking meat loaves for 2o mins., top with baste then cook another hour.
5. Let cool, serve, refrigerate, or freeze.
6. Bon Appe’tit baby!
Verdict: Toddler approved! My son enjoyed it while getting protein and veggies in his belly. My son is learning to use toddler utensils. His is more like a spork. I’ve found a fork makes it easier for him to actually get food to his mouth. These mini-meatloaves were a good consistency to train utensil use. My son is currently doing a utensil-fingers eating combination. Whatever works! I served this dish with green beans, tomatoes and blueberries. If you give this recipe a try, please let me know how it goes! I hope your little will enjoy it as much as mine did. Check out more finger food recipes here.
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