An Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe made with lean ground beef, tomatoes, garlic, onions, green bell peppers, bread crumbs, eggs, and ketchup. Bake it in a regular oven or microwave it for a delicious quick meal.
This is a simple, moist and basic recipe made the way everyone made it when my children were growing up. It is topped with ketchup which we now know is healthy for us.
You will not find any sugar in this recipe unless your ketchup is sweetened.
I believe that added sugar is a distraction to the fine flavors of a great Meatloaf Recipe and doesn't add additional food value.
1 1/2 lbs. 90% lean sirloin ground beef
1 can (14.5 oz.) cubed tomatoes with garlic and onion
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1/3 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup ketchup
Pour tomatoes into a mixing bowl. Add bread crumbs, bell pepper,
and salt. Let set until liquid is absorbed into crumbs. In another
mixing bowl beat eggs until light and lemon colored. Stir in tomato
mixture. Mix well. Add ground beef and mix thoroughly.
Place meat in a loaf pan and bake in a preheated oven 350 F. for 1 hour or until inside of meatloaf no longer shows any pink color. Remove from oven, drain fat, and spread ketchup on top. Return to oven and bake another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let set 10 minutes before serving.
Tip: Save on electricity and time by cooking the meatloaf in the oven along side the casserole.
Place meatloaf in microwave cooking container (I use a 8" x 8" x 2" glass microwavable pan). Place microwavable plastic wrap*
on top. Microwave on high for 15 minutes.* Remove from oven and drain.
Spread ketchup on top. Return to microwave and cook for 3 more minutes.
Let sit 10 minutes before removing and serving.
*Many plastic wraps get extra soft if they are
in a microwave oven very long. I remove a long cooking dish every 5
minutes and replace with a fresh piece of plastic wrap.
A traditional southern dinner that featured meatloaf usually contained mashed potatoes with brown gravy and green beans as sides.
I prefer mashed potatoes with sour cream and butter as they are prepared in this recipe (first 4 ingredients) Shepherds Pie, tasty enough without the gravy, and Green Bean Casserole to give me additional vegetables, with more healthy nutrients, added flavor and color.
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