Monday, May 21, 2012

Mini Meatloaves

Meatloaf.  It's whats for dinner!

At least it was a few weeks ago, when I decided to take another Peas and Thank You recipe for a spin.
Another gold star for Mama Pea!  Every recipe I've tried from her has been amazing, and I just might have to check out her cookbook!

Anyway, back to the meatloaf, I made this the same night I first saw the blog post because it combined two of my favorite things: mini food, and beans! 

Mini Meatloaf
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce, divided in half
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • Two cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 of a large onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbls Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbls nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 can of sliced olives (or a can of whole olives, sliced)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine half the marinara sauce and the ground flax seed together in a bowl and set aside.

In another bowl, mash the pinto beans until they're nice and chunky.
Add the oats, onion, garlic, nutritional yeast, and the spices.
Stir to combine everything and then add the marinara/flax mixture.
Stuff it into a 12 slot cupcake pan- by the way, this batch made exactly enough for 12 mini meatloaves, isn't that crazy? (and here's my number- so call me maybe!).  
Bake the loaves for 15-17 minutes.
Top with the remaining tomato sauce and sliced olives.
Bake for another 10-12 min...
Flipping delicious!!!  Oh my word!
I paired them with a side salad and some yummy mashed potatoes
...and if you're dying to know how I make my mashed potatoes, well, I boil a couple cut up russet potatoes until tender, then I take my hand blender and whip them up with some vegan butter, almond milk, sometimes olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and if I'm going to be totally crazy I throw in fresh spinach, basil, and/or frozen peas! 
The great part about this recipe is that it actually makes enough for a whole dinner and lunch for Tim and I- not many recipes are able to do that with us two human compactors!

For more plant based meals, hop on over to my recipes page!

2 comments:

  1. I actually took Mama Pea off of my reader because I got annoyed with her bad jokes, and avid use of sugar and processed food. This recipe actually looks really good though! I might have to give it a shot.

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  2. Wow, those look really good! I'm going to have to try them. I've never heard of Mama Pea until now but I'll have to check her out!

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