Tonight I will prepare the first school lunch of the year. Not sure if I am ready to re-enter the world of daily lunch packing, but ready or not, here school comes!
Here's another great school lunchbox idea, mini-meatloaves. Make up a batch in your muffin tins, and then freeze the extra for fast lunchbox packing or a really quick dinner. These meatloaves use ground chicken (you can certainly use ground turkey or beef too), so they're healthier than the standard meatloaf.
1 pound ground chicken
2 eggs, beaten well
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup barbecue sauce, divided use
1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (or just use plain)
1 cup quick oats oatmeal
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix the chicken and eggs. Add the dry mustard, dill, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce. Mix well until fully incorporated.
Add the breadcrumbs and oatmeal and mix well until all is fully incorporated.
Place approximately 2 tablespoons of the mixture in each muffin tin space.
Spread remaining 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce on top of the mini-meatloaves, if desired.
Bake for 20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.
Makes 12 mini-meatloaves.
Life is sweet,