WIAW: Mini Mexican Meatloaves {Recipe}

Last night I was dreaming about sunshine, warm weather, and swear that I could smell the salty beach.  But the salt that I smelled most likely was from the snow trucks outside my window because I woke up this morning to ice and a 2-hour delay.  Oye, VA.

Thank you all so much for your messages since Monday’s post.  The unknown definitely can be stressful and although there are no quick fixes, I truly believe that an optimistic attitude can help…  Or a trip to the nail salon.  And a supportive husband (significant other/family/friend).

Another thing that always seems to help is what Ryan calls “good mood food” 😉  Some of my favorite good mood foods include fluffy cappuccinos, pancakes, chocolate, salty + sweet snacks, comfort food (no surprise)…  Which is exactly what I ate on Sunday.

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

IMG_5782 fluffy vanilla cappuccino {this recipe without molasses, plus a touch of vanilla extract}

IMG_5799 Cinnamon Pancakes {without flax seeds} topped with Greek yogurt + peanut butter + strawberry jam + bananas


IMG_5819 the toughest long run yet, I wanted to quit every.single.mile – 8 {treadmill} miles


IMG_5824 an orange, carrots, Honey Mustard Tuna Fish Salad with Avocado wrapped up, & pretzels

IMG_5838 a banana & Brown Bag Popcorn with almonds + Joe’s O’s


IMG_5774 Mini Mexican Meatloaves

Inspired by Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves by Iowa Girl Eats

Ingredients (serves 2 – 4):

  • 1/2 small sweet onion, diced
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • Approx. 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 tbsp. Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Spice Rub
  • 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Crisp Rice Cereal {or any rice cereal}


Place a medium skillet over medium heat and coat with cooking spray.  Cut onion in half and dice.  Add onion to pan and sprinkle with salt.  Cook until onions are caramelized and a golden brown color.  Turn heat off and set aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 350*.  In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, salsa, cheese, spice rub, rice cereal, and onions.  Mix until combined and form into four miniature meatloaves.  Place meatloaves on a greased baking sheet.  Bake uncovered for 25 – 30 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center.

Mini Mexican Meatloaves Ryan & I each ate two mini loaves for dinner – they’re delicious!


  • Black beans, olives, and/or corn would be great additions
  • Serve with with beans, quinoa, or rice, for a complete Mexican-inspired meal
  • Meatloaf is one of the few foods that I think tastes better the next day – slice up a loaf, add your favorite taco toppings, and wrap it up in a tortilla

IMG_5653 chewy & soft Brown Sugar Peanut Butter Cookies

Question:  What are your favorite good mood foods?

Question:  What foods do you think taste better the next day?

— Allison


Whatcha Think?

  1. Can I come over for dinner? I actually have white bean + salsa meatloaves on our meal plan for the week. Yours sound and look divine. I feel like there should be a fruity margarita in the photo :)

  2. They sound really good…off to pin your recipe!

  3. Just added the ingredients for the meatloaves to my online grocery order – they look amazing!! <3

  4. Those mini meatloaves sound SO good!!!

  5. Pizza and chinese food! All the flavors have time to develop and mix further which ends up tasting so good :) These mini meat loaves look awesome! My go to comfort food is pancakes or mac and cheese. Can’t go wrong with carbs, syrup or cheese 😉

    • I haven’t had Chinese food in so, so long… I always end up feeling worse after eating it than I did before. But leftover {cold} pizza used to be one of my favorite “special” breakfasts when I was a kid 😛

  6. Hooray! I have all the ingredients for these delicious-looking mini meatloaves! I’ll definitely try them out :) I might just switch out the BBQ spice rub for fajita seasoning.
    Those pancakes also look fantastic— you always dress them up so nicely!

  7. Yum! I can’t wait to try this! I’ll probably use almond meal instead of the rice cereal. You think that would work ok?

  8. The hubby would love those mini loaves! I think chili or any soup/stew is better the next day. Allows the flavors to meld together!

    • That’s one of my favorite reasons to use the Crock-Pot – it makes so much, we’re guaranteed leftovers that typically taste better the next day!

  9. Those look wonderful! Pinning for sure! I cant wait to give them a try, they would be perfect for post run on a cold winters day (so every day right now haha). I totally agree that treadmill runs are mentally exhausting! I am so done with it….but have 9 miles this afternoon to tackle….boo!

    Love your pancakes too….yummmmm!

  10. thumbs up for your treadmill miles! like a boss!!


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