How to Make an Easy and Economical Meatloaf
We love meatloaf a lot, especially the next day leftovers. I try to incorporate lots of healthy veggies to create one of those super power healthy dinners.
A huge bonus for making this yummy meatloaf is that we enjoy it for two nights. In fact, I think that it tastes better on the second day. This recipe is very forgiving in that you can add almost any veggies you have in your fridge.
Today, with so many different types of diets that people follow, it is wise to be flexible with some recipes. This recipe is also forgiving with the amounts of spices you add.
I try to incorporate turmeric and oregano to our food as much as possible for their special therapeutic health values. Turmeric is good for the brain, joints and heart, and oregano acts as an antibiotic in our system.
I personally cook with a glass baking dish as I am working at using healthier type of cooking pans such as stainless steel, ceramic and glass.
Special Meatloaf Deluxe
1.5 pounds of ground beef, grass-fed if possible
1/2 cup of quinoa
1 cup of chopped spinach
2 tablespoons of olive oil or avocado oil
2 tablespoons each of oregano, basil, tarragon, garlic powder and turmeric
6 green onions chopped in about 3”-size pieces
3 Roma tomatoes (one sliced for the top of the meatloaf)
1 cup of sliced red cabbage (this is optional as I had a cup or so of this cabbage left in the fridge)
Salt and pepper to your taste.
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Add ground beef to a large bowl along with egg and quinoa.
- Blend these ingredients together until well mixed.
- Add one cup of chopped spinach and blend well.
- Add all the spices and the oil to the meat mixture.
- Form an oblong loaf with the meat and set in the glass baking pan.
- Add the sliced green onions around the outside of the meatloaf.
- Add the carrots and 2 chopped tomatoes, encircling the meatloaf.
- Fit the sliced red cabbage around the outside of the meatloaf.
- Add extra oregano, basil and garlic powder to cover the veggies.
- Add the sliced tomato over the top of the meatloaf.
- Drizzle some olive oil over the veggies along with salt and pepper.
- Cook the meatloaf uncovered.
- Bake for about 1.5 hours until the meat is fully cooked.
*You can substitute ground chicken, pork or turkey or mix any of them together.
*This is a great low calorie dinner with lots of nutritious veggies and spices. You can serve this meatloaf with sliced cucumbers or tossed green salad.
*The photos were taken before placing in the oven.
Do you have a favorite meat loaf recipe? Are there any secret ingredients that you would like to share? Please do so in the comments section!
Carol Stanley has many interests in life including writing, painting, reading, cooking and biking. She also admits a secret love of poker. Carol has been involved in writing about her passion for staying healthy and has her very own website. Her book, Feel Better Every Day, is available for purchase.