Vegetarians look away. If meat loaf grosses you out, look away. If you aren’t head over heels in love with meat loaf, look away.
I’m hoping I have some of you still looking. I get why people don’t like meat loaf. I mean, pretty much anything with the word LOAF in it that isn’t related to bread is a bit freaky. But in our attempts to get Elle to eat, we’ve triiiiied so many dishes. She actually really likes meat loaf. Like most toddlers, she runs from vegetables and like all overprotective parents, we try to find ways to incorporate vegetables in dishes that she already likes. I’m learning that the key with these crazy kids is to just psyche them out. With everything! Very deceiving, I know, but honestly…I never once said I know what I’m doing in this child raising thing.
I’m pretty much getting by with the hairs on my chinny chin chin.
And so our version of veggie meatloaf was born. Take your recipe and add the following…
[yumprint-recipe id=’2′]Wouldn’t you know? This girl can’t get enough of it. “Ma-moor!” she shouts as she gobbles her third helping. This is a big deal in Toddler Land because these kids can be so incredibly picky. Even towards things they’ve liked in the past. I stopped trying to make sense of it all and just go with the flow.
You should also know that this meat load is incredibly moist. Thanks to the vegetables, you won’t get that I’m eating a brick feeling as you munch on it.
Also, please note that the plate that you see was shared between Esposo and myself. Although, he ate the carrots because I can really only deal with carrots if they’re roasted or tossed in a pan with buttah and brown sugar. Just sayin’…
I love this version of meat loaf so much that I’m trying to think of other vegetables that I can put in it. Eggplant? My beloved kale? Collard greens? Okay, that’s doing the most but you can’t blame me for trying. This girl will love veggies!
Do you like meat loaf? Got any special ingredients that you like to toss in yours?