Meatloaf

Meatloaf with hidden vegetables. 

Meatloaf

An easy meatloaf with the added benefit of vegetables right inside. Make two and freeze one to have as a ready to go meal.

This is one of my favourite freezer friendly meals. I always make two loaves and freeze one (uncooked). It will keep in the freezer for weeks, and when you’re ready to use it just take it out to thaw in the fridge for the day. Cook as normal once thawed. I’ve even cooked it partially frozen, it just takes a bit longer.
I really like the added vegetables in the loaf. They add to the texture and taste of the loaf. Serve with mashed or baked potatoes and vegetables and dip of a complete meal.

Meatloaf

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well using hands.

Meatloaf

Place meat mixture into a standard loaf pan. If you want to freeze the loaf, cover with plastic wrap and freeze. Another way to prepare the loaf is to shape the meat mixture into a loaf shape and then cook it on the rack of a broiler pan. This allows the fatty juices to cook out of the meat and drip away.

Meatloaf

Preheat oven to 350F and bake for 50 minutes to an hour, or until meat is fully cooked. I always cut the meatloaf in half and check to make sure it is no longer pink inside. Remove meatloaf from loaf pan. Cut into slices and serve. 

Meatloaf

 

 

Meatloaf
Serves 6
Meatloaf with hidden vegetables.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lbs extra lean ground beef
  2. 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  3. 1/4 cup barbecue sauce or ketchup
  4. 1 small onion, diced
  5. 1 small carrot, shredded
  6. 1 small zucchini, shredded
  7. 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  8. 1 egg
  9. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  10. 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  11. 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well using hands.
  2. Place meat mixture into a standard loaf pan. If you want to freeze the loaf, cover with plastic wrap and freeze. Otherwise, preheat oven to 350F and bake for 50 minutes to an hour, or until meat is fully cooked.
  3. Remove meatloaf from loaf pan. Cut into slices and serve.
  4. Another way to cook the loaf is to shape the meat mixture into a loaf shape and then cook it on the rack of a broiler pan. This allows the fatty juices to cook out of the meat and drip away.
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