Cooking meatloaf in a muffin pan cuts the cooking time in half. Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans - retro yes, but it’s comfort food with a bit of a kick.  If you have leftovers, chop and place in a tortilla with lettuce, cheese and a spoonful of salsa for a quick lunch. If desired, heat briefly in the microwave.

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Servings: 12

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Ingredients

  • 1 small Ontario Onion, chopped 
  • Half Ontario Sweet Yellow Pepper, chopped
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) vegetable oil 
  • 1-1/2 lb (750 g) extra-lean ground Ontario Beef  
  • 1 Ontario Egg, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) salsa (mild or medium) 
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) puréed canned chipotle pepper with adobo sauce*
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 
  • Pinch pepper
     

Instructions

In microwaveable bowl, combine onion, yellow pepper and oil. Cover and microwave on High for 1 minute to slightly soften. 

In large bowl, combine meat, onion mixture, egg, 3/4 cup (175 mL) of the salsa, cornmeal, puréed chipotle, salt and pepper.  

Divide meat mixture among 12 muffin cups, pressing down lightly. Spoon 2 tsp (10 mL) of the remaining salsa on each muffin. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in centre of each reaches 160°F (71°C). Let stand 5 minutes before removing from pan. 

*Purée entire can of chipotles with adobo sauce until smooth. Transfer remainder to an airtight container and freeze to use later in chili, soup, barbecue sauce or with mayo for a spicy vegetable dip or sandwich spread.  
 

Nutritional information

Serving (1 Muffin):

  • PROTEIN: 13 grams
  • FAT: 6 grams
  • CARBOHYDRATE: 7 grams
  • CALORIES: 138
  • FIBRE: 0.5 grams
  • SODIUM: 390 mg