Sneaky Muffins and a Mexican Meatloaf

Do you guys have a food that you know isn’t very good for you so you cannot let yourself even try it, because you know if you do it will be so delicious you won’t ever be able to resist it?

Well I do, and here it is in all its glory.

Danger Danger

Muffins. Banana walnut muffins from Druxy’s in particular.

Whenever we have a meeting in the morning, we usually have refreshments, including coffee and a big ol’ platter from Druxy’s with cookies (I never should have tried cookies either), pastries and muffins. I’ll go for the cookies and the pastries, but I always stay far, far away from the muffins.

Here is my reasoning. Pastries are not dangerous to me, because I associate them as a treat food and I know I won’t eat them on a daily basis. Same with cookies. (Usually.) They are both desserts (in my mind).

But muffins are sneaky. Muffins seem like they would be healthy, but we all know they are not (unless you make them yourself, and then I guess you can healthify them up). When you buy muffins from Starbucks, Tim Hortons, etc. they are not good for you. I don’t know for sure about Druxy’s muffins, because I can’t find their muffin nutrition facts on their website, but I just know they are bad news and probably full of calories, fat, sugar, and sodium.

So I never tried them, because I knew as soon as I had one taste of those muffins, I would be all up in Druxy’s grill every day at mid-morning snack time purchasing a muffin (because there’s a Druxy’s in my building, remember).

I don’t know why this rule doesn’t apply to pastries and cookies (unless a platter of cookies is brought straight to my desk of course), but it doesn’t. It only applies to muffins. My tummy thinks they are a quick and delicious, healthy snack, and my brain cannot convince it otherwise.

So guess what. At our last meeting, I caved and I tried a dang muffin. And now?

Uh Oh

I am forgoing my beautiful Greek yogurt snack in the morning, and I am all up in Druxy’s grill grabbing a banana walnut muffin (they are SO GOOD).

I swear they call to me from Druxy’s downstairs. This is what they are saying to me:

(Well, those are mini muffins, but you get the idea.)

It’s not every morning, but the muffins must stop. My current strategy is to trick my tummy into forgetting how delicious they are. I was able to stay away today, but I don’t know if I will have the willpower tomorrow…

Anyway, moving on…

Mexican Meatloaf

Immediately after work today I changed into my running garb and hit the pavement. I completed a 5k loop in about 31 minutes, and I wasn’t really feeling it in the beginning (I felt great after though!), so to get my mind to forget about what my body was doing, I started to fantasize about dinner.

I had ground chicken chilling in my fridge, so my original idea was to make tacos, but then I remembered that we are out of cheese. I am sorry, but I believe that you can NOT have tacos without cheese. It should be illegal.

I did feel like something a little Mexican-y though, and I wanted to use that chicken, so I started going through every possible Mexican dish I could make with that chicken that I hadn’t made before. I just wanted something meaty (this coming after my meatless Monday).

The answer?

Mexican meatloaf!

Meaty Loaf

This actually turned out really well, and I was seriously impressed with the flavour (note: meatloaf is unattractive, sorry, but that’s just the way it is.)

I got the base recipe from here, but I ended up doing my own thang.

Mexican Meatloaf

Serves 4-6 (or two with leftovers)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken (you could also use beef or turkey)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 package low-sodium taco seasoning mix (or regular)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (optional – I had to omit this, but I know it would have been great with it!)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together everrrrrything except for the cheese. Pack into the loaf pan.
  3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven. Top with cheese, and serve with sour cream and extra salsa (both optional, I did not).

I thought this was delicious, and one thing I am always impressed by when I make meatloaf is how easy it is! Very minimal prep. Perfect for a weeknight.

I served mine with cauliflower that I steamed in the microwave with one of those Ziplock steamer bags. Also super easy!

Meaty Dinna

We have about half the loaf leftover, so I know what’s for lunch tomorrow!

And while you’re here, this is what was for lunch today!

Chicken Sammers

Chicken sandwich with light veggie cream cheese on one side of the bread, spinach, tomato and mustard. And some baby carrots on the side that went unpictured.

And I’m outta here. Catcha lata!

Any foods you purposely do not even try because you know you will just like it too much and eat it all the time?

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17 responses to “Sneaky Muffins and a Mexican Meatloaf

  1. Mmmm….I have a really good recipe for Mexican meatloaf in the slow cooker and now I am madly craving it! And meatloaf is so good leftover! I’m also a muffin avoider for the most part, and cookies/candy…because I find for me, with smaller things, it’s just too easy to keep eating (and eating and eating). If you want a good muffin recipe, try these: http://realfoodkatiesway.ca/wordpress/?p=4976 I made them this week, and although not too sweet, they’re very moist and pretty tasty, and would also work with your latest pumpkin craze. 🙂

  2. ooh i need to pass that meatloaf recipe on to my mom! my fam would adore it! =) and now the muffins can call to both of us. sneaky bastards!

  3. I won’t buy muffins anywhere, and yet, I’ll buy cupcakes. But that’s exactly right — a muffin is pretty much parading around looking healthy, while the cupcake is just delicious and doesn’t give a shit.
    I’ve never tried meatloaf :/ but I think I need to try it just to know what it’s like. Something about meat + loaf sounds weird, but it looks interesting! I think the ground chicken would be awesome in it. Great recipe =)

  4. Those muffins! Look glorious! I just went back and read your first Druxy’s post… I’m gonna write them a letter to get them to come to Nashville.

  5. Oh wow I bet that meatloaf tastes amazing!! I always love the meat part of tacos :). I actually don’t know if there are any foods I haven’t purposefully tried for fear of liking it and eating it too often. I do have foods that I know I can’t control myself around so I just try not to buy them haha

  6. YOU RAN OUT OF CHEESE. Unbelievable

  7. I adore that mini muffins video. so appropriate for my marathon-training hunger monster.

  8. I find that it helps if you cut a muffin in half or – even better – quarters. Then you can just take another small piece every time you walk by the plate, and you can almost convince yourself that you didn’t eat the whole thing. Or two whole things.

  9. Totally the same with muffins. Love them and feel like they are a healthy snack but know they are just as bad as cookies. I feel the same about granola bars. Though granola bars are more of a tummy filler.
    You can definitely not make tacos without cheese. It is against the law, I looked it up. The meatloaf looks yummy though. I’ll maybe have to try it.
    Can’t wait for our run next weekend.
    What app do you have for distance for your running?

    • Yep, agree about granola bars food twin.
      I use RunKeeper! It is awesome. My fave app for running fo’ sho’. It tracks everything for you, and you can set it up so there are little audio cues that come on and tell you how you’re doing. I’m pretty sure it’s free!
      I know, I’m pumped for our run!

  10. That meatloaf looks really good. But I’m a meatloaf fan. Especially my mom’s. I should send her that recipe and tell her I want her to make it for me because she always makes things better.
    Graham crackers are my evil nemesis. If I start eating them, then I want to eat them all AND all the other sweets in the house. I LOVE grahams with frosting on them. I want to lock myself in a room with graham crackers and frosting. One of us isn’t coming out of that room.

  11. Muffins are nasty pieces of work …. tasty, sweet, moist goodness … mean mean mean

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