MOMables Easy Sneaky Veggies Meatloaf

Kids' lunchbox meatloaf recipe.

ashley haugen


1cup carrots, finely chopped
1/2 zucchini, chopped
1 handful spinach, finely chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2cloves garlic, chopped
1cup breadcrumbs
1tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/2teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2pounds ground turkey or beef
2 eggs
1 8-ozcans tomato sauce
3tablespoons barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor or mini chopper, chop carrots, zucchini, spinach, onion and garlic until they are finely chopped. Pour in a large bowl.
  3. To veggies, add breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, pepper, ground beef or turkey and eggs.
  4. Using your hands, combine ingredients until they are all well mixed.
  5. Pack meat loaf ingredients in a 10-inch loaf pan.
  6. Combine tomato sauce and barbecue sauce an pour over meat mixture.
  7. Bake 1 hour – 1-hour 15 minutes. Oven times and temperatures will vary so check after 50minutes.

To assemble the lunch:

  1. Take one or two thick slices of leftover meatloaf and cut them into cubes (bite-sized pieces).
  2. Poke the meatloaf bites through food picks, alternating with cheddar cheese cubes.
  3. Serve with 1/4 cup marinara sauce in a small-lidded container.
  4. Pack in your favorite lunch box along with additional veggies and a serving of fresh fruit.


Recipe courtesy of Laura Fuentes, a mother of three and the founder of MOMables, a website that shows busy parents how to make fresh school lunches in 10 minutes or less.