I remember the first time we gave Kenya a big slab of meatloaf and he just stared at it totally daunted.

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Can you imagine what it must be like for a kid to see an enormous portion of food on their plate? It helped me to realize that size really does matter, especially when it comes to kids willing and wanting to try certain foods.

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You can absolutely make this zesty meatloaf in an 8 x 4 inch pan, but baked into individual bites, just two or three are a perfectly portioned meal for a toddler or kid. These mini meatloaf bites with just a dot of ketchup on top will satisfy everyone!

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Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Bites

You can absolutely make this zesty meatloaf in an 8 x 4 inch pan, but baked into individual bites, just two or three are a perfectly portioned meal for a toddler or kid.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients to thoroughly combine.
  • Pack greased mini muffin cups with the mixture. Fill to the top as they will shrink a bit during cooking.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.
  • Note: For a full size meatloaf, press mixture into a 9×5 loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes.



Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 590mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Re: the nutritional info — is that the amount of fat/protein etc for just one bite/mini muffin? Thanks!

  2. I added some cumin and pepper …yummy! I got more than 24 mini mufins. I froze the remaining batter to bake for later. Is that ok?

  3. My family LOVES this recipe! Even my picky husband! We were thinking this would make delicious meatballs to have on top of pasta. Any suggestions how long I would need to cook them?

  4. My family loves these, especially my 13 month old! I have made them with lean ground turkey, and with lean organic ground beef. I used bread crumbs with the beef but only had corn flake crumbs for the turkey, both ways were great and stayed together nicely. My 4 year old has requested I make these for her lunch when she starts school:)

  5. These are one of the best things we have made so far since introducing finger food. So much flavor – the whole family loved them! Absolutely delicious!

  6. Very tasty, i cooked them in a regular muffin pan, cooked a liittle too long, my fault though! I used ground turkey and onion powder since that’s what I had, worked well. Thanks for another great recipe!

  7. Interesting! I was wondering if you could pvidore a few tips on what some of those small ways to make meals more nutritious might be, or a link to the article you mention? Also, do you know of any research about how what people eat at conferences affects their ability to absorb information?Thanks!

  8. Delicious. I made these last night, and ate two of them with dinner. As they were cooling, I went to bed, and my husband forgot to put them in the fridge over night. I guess they are no longer good? Boo Hoo. I plan to make them again tonight! I know my one year old will love these.

  9. Made these for my 19 month old and family, we all loved them!!! So glad my sister told me about weelicious!

  10. I made these today for my 7 month old and my 8 year old. They both loved it! I used ground turkey because that’s what I had in the freezer. It was absolutely delicious. I think I ate half the batch myself. Oops!

  11. My 5-year-old son wanted to cook something.
    I pulled up this website and this is the recipe he chose. Improvisations made due to available ingredients
    : we chopped chix breast, then put in blender with sauce (used jar spaghetti sauce), used italian-seasoned bread crumbs+1/4 tsp Emeril’s chicken rub spice blend, and made them regular muffin size.
    We tried topping with ketchup and sour cream. Sour cream won.
    He LOVED these!

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