Easy Meatloaf

I didn't grow up eating meatloaf. It was never fixed in my parents' house. And based on all the terrible things I heard about meatloaf, I considered myself lucky well into my adult years. Then one day at a dinner buffet with a friend, I decided to try it. I mean, why not? It was already paid for and if I didn't like it, no harm, no foul. Anyway, I loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!

With a great deal of confidence, I stated to my friend that the reason people do not like meatloaf is because their's had not been covered in the special sauce this restaurant used. Obviously I had to be right, because it only takes a few seconds of trying something new to be an expert. Well, my friend quickly burst my bubble and pointed out that it was just ketchup.- squeezing ketchup next to my meatloaf for added proof. SMH!

Fast forward a few years later, I decide to make meatloaf for the first time. Boy is it easy, delicious and a great meal prep dish. This recipe has two different sauces you can make as a topping- a simple ketchup or a fancier topping.

As with any dish, feel free to play around with adding your own touch! Don't forget to check out the Super Busy Cook Tips (SBC Tips) at the bottom of the recipe!


Ingredients: Meatloaf

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion - chopped (SBC Tip1)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • Seasoned Salt
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (SBC Tip2)
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground chuck, egg, onion, milk and bread crumbs. Add seasoned salt to taste.
  3. Lightly pack into 5x9 inch loaf pan (SBC Tip3)
  4. In a different small bowl, mix brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf (SBC Tip4)
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes

 


SBC Time Saver Tips

  • SBC Tip1- Buy frozen diced onions. This way you have it available for other recipes that call for onions and you do not have to spend time peeling and chopping. For the meatloaf, I like to rinse 1/2 cup of onions in warm water and lightly puree in a mini food processor so that I have onion flavor, additional moisture, and no big chunks
  • SBC Tip2-Use your toaster oven. No need to preheat 
  • SBC Tip3-Use a disposable loaf pan for easy clean up
  • SBC Tip4- Instead of mixing these 3 ingredients for the topping, you can save time by using plain ketchup for a more homestyle flavor or your favorite thick BBQ sauce for a twist.

SBC Bento Tips

  • Use the 3 compartment Bento: Place meatloaf in the large compartment, a side (like rice) in a small compartment, and vegetables in the other

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