Quick and Easy Meatloaf


I had an aha moment the other morning when I was scratching my head trying to figure out what to make for dinner.

I wanted to make something meat-based since we over-indulged on pasta every night on our family vacation.  However, I knew I’d have no time to get to the market for any fresh meat. So, whatever was in the freezer would have to suffice!

Lucky for me, I had 1 1/2 pounds of lean ground meat needing a good recipe suddenly I had a craving for meatloaf.   I realized my kids have never eaten meatloaf.  They’ve had their fair share of beef burgers and Mom’s Cheeseburger Pie and beef tacos and chilli  but, never meatloaf.

I went on a hunt through Mom’s archives and found a half complete meatloaf recipe. I then merged it with a recipe I recently read from the blog Skinny Kitchen.

Since meatloaf is the all-American classic comfort food, most meat loaf recipes are variations of the same theme : ground beef with veggies and ketchup. Skinny Kitchen’s version and Mom’s both use Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and some brown sugar for a very sweet and tasty topping.

Skinny Kitchen subs Mom’s panko bread crumbs for homemade whole wheat bread crumbs and uses egg whites in place of Mom’s whole eggs.

Whether you decide to use turkey or beef combined with a variety of vegetables for the fillers, meatloaf is still a very inexpensive dinner option.  And, it’s quite filling too.

Wanna know best part about it?  Your kids will LOVE helping out.

alexcookingPainting ketchup over top Meatloaf




  1. Shari, you did a great job putting together my skinny meatloaf recipe and your moms! I’m so glad you Yours looks super yummy!
    With my best wishes,

  2. Hi Shari!

    It’s Jen’s friend, Joanna (from Pikesville). I love your blog and have been pinning a bunch of your recipes. I can’t wait to try them!

    A quick silly question . . . what do you find is the best way to freeze (and subsequently thaw) your ground meat? I never know and want to do more of it so that I can solve those last minute ‘what to make for dinner’ panics.


    • Joanna » i usually take it out of the freezer in the morning, rinse cold water over it in the sink and let it sit out for anywhere from 4 1/-6 hours before using

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