Looking for a fun, healthy way to trick your kids on April Fool’s Day? Look no further than these “cupcakes” you can serve for dinner! Fool your kids not only by serving “dessert” for dinner, but hide veggies inside this delicious meat loaf for a trick that’s a real treat!
I’m typically not a fan of hiding veggies in my kids food because I want them to grow to love the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables, but I make an excpetion with meatloaf. Meatloaf is the perfect dish to enhance the nutrition, taste and moistness by adding pureed carrots, grated zucchini and wheat germ.
This is the best meatloaf you’ve ever sink your teeth into. The grated zucchini adds moisture without added fat and the wheat germ is a perfectsubstitute for breadcrumbs, which typically contain enriched wheat flour and salt.
April Fool’s Day Meatloaf Cupcakes
- 1 lb. Extra Lean Beef
- 1 small zucchini, grated
- 1/2 cup carrots, cooked and pureed
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup whole wheat panko
- 1/2 cup sugar-free ketchup (available at Earth Fare)
- 2 Tbsp Worchestire Sauce
- salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350
Put ground beef in a big bowl. Add grated zucchini, pureed carrots, ketchup, worchestire, garlic and egg in the bowl and mix with your hands. Add wheat germ, whole-wheat panko, garlic, salt and pepper, mix until combined being careful not to overmix. Use an ice cream scoop to help you fill the meat into a muffin tin. Each cupcake tin should hold 1/2 cup of meat mixture. Top each meatloaf with a spoonful of ketchup on top. Bake 20 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the mashed potatoes:
2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
salt and pepper
Boil potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash by hand with milk using a potato masher (don’t use a food processor or they get too gluey.) Add Greek yogurt and stir gently. Add the all-natural food decorating color. India Tree makes a great all natural food decorating set that doesn’t contain any harmful dyes. Check out this great article on the safety of food coloring for children for more information on all-natural food coloring.
Dollop the mashed potatoes onto of the meatloaf cupcake and swirl to make it look like a cupcake. I even added an edible “My Love” heart, which I got from Williams-Sonoma.
My daughter took a big bite of the faux cupcake and then got a big smile on her face when she saw it was ac
tually meatloaf. She loved it and had no idea it was actually filled with veggies. Double April Fools!