Meatloaf Your Kids *May* Eat

I don’t know about you, but in my house finding a meal that contains vegetables and protein both my kids will eat is a challenge. I’ve tried the healthy “Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf” recipe from the It All Begins With Food cookbook (by the founder of Love Child Organics) but it’s just too healthy for my kids and doesn’t get eaten.

So after a few tries, I’ve redone the recipe so it gets totally gobbled up by both my 1.5 and 3 year old. Seriously, they ate it for dinner then ate the leftovers for lunch the next two days. Woohoo!

My first piece of advice for cooking for kids… the food processor. Kids will be way more likely to not eat something if they can pick out things.  I do not agree with hiding food or not telling your kids the ingredients, however blending them up makes them way more likely to be consumed. So that’s why all of the bigger ingredients go into the food processor.

The original recipe also called for tomato paste in the meatloaf and as a glaze… but honestly ketchup is easier and makes it all sweeter and more likely to be eaten. Yes, I know, it’s not healthy… but whatever. I’d rather a semi-healthy recipe that will actually get eaten.

You could also make extras and then freeze them after they’ve been baked and cooled. They’d be a super handy thing to be able to pull out of the freezer and reheat.

Tag me on instagram @TurnerTalks when you give the recipe a try!!

Written by Alex Turner