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Single Serve Meat Loaves

Single Serve Meat Loaves really changed my mind about meat loaf. I love that they are individual portions and packed full of flavor.

Single Serve Meat Loaves seem like a meal from the 70’s but it is delicious and I serve it to guests with great reviews. I love the texture that the quick oats add to this recipe. I think it is much better than bread crumbs. 

This recipe is great with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes for the ultimate comfort dinner. I first found this recipe in my Taste of Home Healthy Cooking 2012 Annual Recipes Cookbook.

Cost Per Serving $3.00 as of August 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $23.96.

If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $17.84.

  • Cost per serving is reduced to $2.23.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.


Recipe serves: 8

Serving size: 1 loaf

Equipment needed: Baking sheet with racks

Total time: 1 hour


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. There will be a savings of about $6.12 for a stocked pantry. 

Pantry & Spices

Total: $6.12 as of August 2022

  • garlic powder $1.00
  • dried parsley $1.00
  • poultry seasoning $1.94
  • ketchup $1.18
  • worcestershire sauce $1.00


Total: $17.84 as of August 2022

  • 1 onion $0.45
  • 2 pounds ground beef $11.76
  • quick cooking oats $2.48
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 oz $0.76
  • 1 yogurt cup $0.64
  • 1/2 dozen eggs $1.75

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete the prep from the prep tab above.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  3. Bake the loaves uncovered for 30 minutes
  4. Spoon 1 tablespoon evenly over each loaf.
  5. Bake for additional 15 minutes until the temperature reaches 165° F.

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 4 under $100 – Menu 4

Side Options

Starches such as potatoes, rice, pasta, etc.

Roasted Vegetables

Vegetables such as green beans, corn, peas, carrots, etc. 

Side Salad

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