So I’ve never made meatloaf before last night. It all started because a package of ground pork, beef, and veal meatloaf mix was on sale in the supermarket so I figured I’d give it a shot.
I had a general idea of what ingredients you’re supposed to use for meatloaf (kind of) and just winged it from there. I knew that meatloaf consisted of the following basic ingredients: ground meat, breadcrumbs, eggs, and either tomatoes or ketchup. Being that I do not eat bread on a regular basis anymore, I decided that if I just simply omitted the breadcrumbs, my meal would probably turn out like a giant hamburger instead of a meatloaf. Therefore, I decided to swap breadcrumbs with cauliflower. Hey, if I can substitute cauliflower for rice, why not for bread in a meatloaf??
Although I used this specific meatloaf mix of a variety of ground meat, I would probably just use ground turkey next time I make this recipe. We buy ground turkey on the reg and it’s nice to have a new recipe to include in the rotation!
First I mixed together the ground meat, cauliflower, seasonings, and diced tomatoes in a large bowl. I used my hands to make sure everything was evenly mixed. There was a lot of stuff in there! My hand got tired using a spoon. Next, I lightly whisked an egg and folded it into the mixture and continued mixing until it seemed to all be evenly distributed.
For this recipe, I used mini muffin trays (because that’s the only kind I had). Regular muffin trays would work as well, just make sure you cook them for a longer amount of time.
I sprayed the tray with non-stick cooking spray, filled it all the way up with the meatloaf mixture, and baked them at 375° F for about 20-25 minutes. Cooking time may vary, make sure you cook them until they are no longer pink in the center. I only cooked one tray at a time, but if you cook with multiple trays, they will need more cooking time as well.
They don’t look super attractive when you first take them out of the oven, but once I put them on the plate they looked much better!
I know my plate only shows three meatloaf muffins, but I definitely ate seconds (or thirds!).
Be careful! While they are baking, they formed a pool of grease on top of the muffin tray. I would recommend putting a baking sheet under the muffin tray so that just in case the grease drips, it doesn’t start a fire.
- 1 package (1.5 lb) ground meat (turkey, beef, etc.)
- 1 package (10 oz) frozen cauliflower, steamed and riced
- 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 egg, lightly whisked
- 1. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.
- 2. Cook cauliflower according to directions on the package. Then use a food processor to "rice" the cauliflower.
- 3. Mix ground meat, riced cauliflower, diced tomatoes, and seasonings together in a large bowl until they are evenly distributed.
- 4. Add the egg to the other ingredients and continue to mix thoroughly.
- 5. Spray a mini muffin tray with non-stick cooking spray and fill the muffin trays up with the meatloaf.
- 6. Cook at 375°F for 20-25 minutes or until the center of the meatloaf muffins are no longer pink.
- WARNING: Be careful! While they are baking, they formed a pool of grease on top of the muffin tray. I would recommend putting a baking sheet under the muffin tray so that just in case the grease drips, it doesn’t start a fire.