Veggie’d Meatloaf

Oh I know the jokes.  But I absolutely love love love meatloaf.  Sorry but true.

I once asked my mom for her meatloaf recipe and she laughed at me!  “Heather there is no recipe I just do it”.  And I have picked up where she left off.  In the interest of good blogging I tried very hard to pay attention to what I was doing…but…I’m a dumper.

The one thing I do that is different from my mom, is I hide vegetables in there.  Granted it’s not enough to make your days goals of veggies, but in my book every little bit helps.  It also cuts the calories.  I see no reason not to hide some veggies in just about anything I make and meatloaf is no exception.


Hidden Veggie Meatloaf


  • 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef (if you are using 93% use less oatmeal/bread crumbs and vice versa using 80% use more)
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 6 ounce stage 3 jar of sweet potatoes (could have used carrots too that adds a nice flavor)
  • 1-2 tbsp of A-1 (secret ingredient right there)
  • 1 onion 1/2 chopped 1/2 sliced
  • a teaspoon of crushed/chopped garlic
  • garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • ketchup
  • brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix your ground beef, eggs, and veggies.
  3. Add the spices (add some more if you're feeling brave the more the merrier), the A-1, Worcestershire, garlic, and the half of onion chopped.
  4. Then you need to add your oatmeal and bread crumbs. Trick is using both so you don't miss out on the flavor of the bread crumbs but you get the healthiness of the oatmeal. Stir in a half of cup of each. If it isn't hard to stir and completely mixed in, you need to add some more (see my picture of what it should look like).
  5. Once you get everything mixed in (again it should be hurting your arm to mix it by now) put into a loaf pan. Try to make a smooth top. I first put down the sliced onions, then the ketchup, then the brown sugar.
  6. Bake uncovered for 1 hour




Voila, you have yourself a pretty yummy meatloaf that has some nutritional value to it!

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  1. Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

  2. Hi Heather,
    We just love Meatloaf and your recipe looks awesome, can’t wait to try it! Hope you are having a great fall weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Thanks for sharing this recipe on Foodie Friends Friday.

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