Baked “Weed Rat” Meatloaf Recipe

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Although made with turkey and beef, this recipe creates cute little “weed rats” that your kids will love to gobble up.

How To Make Baked “Weed Rat” Meatloaf

This "weed rat" meatloaf recipe is a mixture of ground beef and turkey among other classic meatloaf staples. It is the perfect way to be creative with food and introduce the kids to the kitchen with these cute little morsels.

Weed-rat bodies

  • 1/2 cup Heinz Green EZ Squirt Ketchup
  • 2 egg whites (beaten)
  • 6 oz. ground turkey
  • 6 oz. ground beef
  • 1 onion (chopped fine)
  • 2/3 cup oatmeal (uncooked )
  • salt
  • pepper (to taste)

Garnish:

  • 2 carrots
  • 8 raisins
  • 1 pack spaghetti noodles (uncooked)
  • 1 can spaghetti sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the ingredients for the bodies and shape into 4 little rat-shaped loaves on a baking sheet.
  3. Shape them to a point (the nose) in the front and rounded in the back.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes in preheated oven or until desired doneness.
  5. While meatloaf is baking, cut 8 coins (circles for rat ears) from the carrots.
  6. Use the remaining carrots to make 4 long, thin strips for tails.
  7. Steam the circles and strips until they are crisp and tender.
  8. Do not overcook!
  9. Cut little slits in each loaf for ears near the pointed end, and place carrot coins in them for ears.
  10. Make a tiny slit in the rounded wide end for the tail and place a carrot strip in it for the tail.
  11. Use the raisins for the eyes.
  12. Break the uncooked spaghetti noodles into pieces and place around the “nose” (pointed end) for whiskers.
  13. Heat the spaghetti sauce and place a large spoonful of sauce on a plate.
  14. Place a meatloaf rat on top of the spaghetti sauce and serve.

How To Make Baked "Weed Rat" Meatloaf

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This "weed rat" meatloaf recipe is a mixture of ground beef and turkey among other classic meatloaf staples. It is the perfect way to be creative with food and introduce the kids to the kitchen with these cute little morsels.

Preparation Time: 25 mins
Cooking Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

Weed-rat bodies

  • 1/2 cup Heinz Green EZ Squirt Ketchup
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 6 oz. ground turkey
  • 6 oz. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 2/3 cup oatmeal, uncooked
  • salt
  • pepper , to taste

Garnish:

  • 2 carrots
  • 8 raisins
  • 1 pack spaghetti noodles, uncooked
  • 1 can spaghetti sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the ingredients for the bodies and shape into 4 little rat-shaped loaves on a baking sheet.
  3. Shape them to a point (the nose) in the front and rounded in the back.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes in preheated oven or until desired doneness.
  5. While meatloaf is baking, cut 8 coins (circles for rat ears) from the carrots.
  6. Use the remaining carrots to make 4 long, thin strips for tails.
  7. Steam the circles and strips until they are crisp and tender.
  8. Do not overcook!
  9. Cut little slits in each loaf for ears near the pointed end, and place carrot coins in them for ears.
  10. Make a tiny slit in the rounded wide end for the tail and place a carrot strip in it for the tail.
  11. Use the raisins for the eyes.
  12. Break the uncooked spaghetti noodles into pieces and place around the "nose" (pointed end) for whiskers.
  13. Heat the spaghetti sauce and place a large spoonful of sauce on a plate.
  14. Place a meatloaf rat on top of the spaghetti sauce and serve.
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Nutrition

  • Calcium: 78mg
  • Calories: 709kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 112g
  • Cholesterol: 54mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Potassium: 1338mg
  • Protein: 38g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 1269mg
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Vitamin A: 5985IU
  • Vitamin C: 17mg
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