When I think of meatloaf I think of a classic American dinner. Growing up it was a meal we typically had once a week.
Since I was such a picky eater as a child, meatloaf was another thing I didn’t enjoy. I’ll be honest, it’s still not one of my favorites. But I’ll at least it eat now.
My Dad makes a meatloaf that the whole family goes crazy over…except for me. He’s a great cook, it’s just me being picky. If he told me he was making his Mexican lasagna I’d be bouncing off the walls with excitement.
Today I figured I would suck it up and make meatloaf for my family. Of course I made it Weight Watchers friendly.
I used lean ground beef to save on points. I didn’t want to use ground turkey for this. I don’t think my family would have been on board with that.
My meatloaf mixture consisted of the beef, Italian bread crumbs, fresh minced garlic, minced onion, Worcestershire sauce, skim milk, an egg, salt and pepper. I mixed it all together in a bowl.
Instead of cooking this like a typical meatloaf I used a muffin tin. That way it was all portioned out for me. Each loaf is 2 Freestyle points.
I divided the mixture into four sections, then made three loafs out of each section. This is when a food scale comes in handy! I have tried to eyeball it in the past and I end up being way off.
I sprayed my muffin tin with no-stick cooking spray then pressed each loaf into the muffin tin.
At this point you can either bake them, or you can freeze them for a later date. If I’m freezing mine I put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes, take them out and individually wrap them.
They take 25-30 minutes to bake. You can eat them as is with some veggies, or you can jazz them up a little.
I added some tomato sauce on top of mine. I did tomato sauce instead of ketchup since it is 0 points. I also added a little dollop of mashed potatoes. My mini meatloaf ended up being 3 points each.
I typically eat two of them (6 points) with a low point salad. It’s a very filling meal!
If you’re looking for some zero point recipes, check out my post 20 Zero Point Recipes or my post 20 (More) Zero Point Recipes. Both are filled with delicious recipes that won’t cost you a single point! They’re perfect for days when you’re running low on points, or trying to save up points for a night out.
If you’re looking for more dessert recipes you can visit 50 Weight Watchers Freestyle Desserts. It’s filled with delicious desserts perfect for Weight Watchers!
Yield: 12 mini meatloaves (2 points each for blue, green and purple)
- 1 lb. 95% lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 onion, minced
- 1 tablespoon skim milk
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl add the beef, Italian bread crumbs, egg, garlic, onion, skim milk, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Mix together.
Spray a muffin tin with no-stick cooking spray. Evenly divided the beef into 12 servings, then add to the muffin tin.
Bake 25-30 minutes.