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.
Additional sugar can overpower the meaty flavors of a
great Meatloaf Recipe and doesn't add additional food values.
Pour tomatoes with the juice, 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 9 1/2" x 5" 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.
A traditional southern dinner that featured meatloaf usually contained mashed potatoes with brown gravy and green beans as sides.
Tip: Save on electricity and time cooking the meatloaf in the oven along with your sides of vegetables or a casserole dish.
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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.
You may need to replace the plastic wrap (depending on the grade of plastic) about every 5
minutes to replace it with fresh wrap.