Mini meatloaves cook are on the table in just 30 minutes – the perfect weeknight dinner! A childhood comfort food, upgraded with a little extra zing, and cooked on one sheet pan for easy cleanup or make ahead meal prep.
I’ve been singing the praises of sheet pan dinners far and wide lately, and you guys are on board! I keep getting more emails and questions about them, and about weeknight dinners in general.
If you’re struggling with getting dinner at the table on a reasonable hour, I get you. I get you so much. I often don’t get home from dinner until 7pm or later, and I have a 3 year old. We try to eat dinner together every evening. You see the struggle here.
Sheet pan dinners are key in making this work. You can prep everything ahead of time and leave them on the sheet pan in the refrigerator. When you get home from work (or the playground, or wherever), just pop the whole sheet pan in the oven. Done.
I can’t even begin to process how chaotic things will be when I go back to work in a few weeks now that we have a second child. In preparation, I’m trying to perfect as many sheet pan dinners as possible to make weeknights go as smoothly as possible.
These sheet pan mini meatloaves have become a favorite around here. Why mini meatloaves? They cook so much faster than one large meatloaf. Plus, what 3 year old doesn’t love to get his own individual food item on his plate, rather than having to cut and (gasp!) share?!
The mini meatloaves come together really quickly, if you don’t have your act together enough to prep ahead of time. Because they’re hand-formed, rather than cooked in a loaf pan, you don’t have to worry about anything sticking to the loaf. It’s easy to tell if they’re done by cutting one open, if you can’t find your meat thermometer. Basically: foolproof.
I like to use a 50/50 mix of ground beef and ground pork in these, because ground beef is always just a little too dry for my own personal preferences. Don’t eat pork? No problem! These work just as well with all beef, or even ground chicken.
Most meatloaf recipes call for bread crumbs; I use almond flour (or sometimes even ground oats – toss some whole oats in the food processor first!) instead. I love that the almond flour/almond meal adds a little extra protein, cuts down on the refined carbohydrates, and makes this an easy gluten free options (don’t forget to check the labels on your condiments, though!).
We always make ours with baked sweet potato “fries.” The sweet potatoes bake for the same amount of time as the mini meatloaves, which makes everything really easy.
Pop your sheet pan in the oven and walk away. Come back, and dinner is ready! While the meatloaves rest for a few minutes, throw together a big green salad. Hands off, weeknight dinner at its finest.
So tell me: are you as into sheet pan dinners as we are? What are your favorites? I’m always looking for new recipes to try, especially before I head back to work!
Mini meatloaves cook are on the table in just 30 minutes – the perfect weeknight dinner!