Damn Good Meatloaf.

Its humpday and I feel like talking about meatloaf.

I had my mom and dad over for dinner on Friday night so we could celebrate my mom’s birthday. I went back and fourth deciding on what to make. I almost ordered pizza and wings at one point becauseย I was frustrating myself. All of the back and fourth decisions turned into meatloaf and crab cakes. I don’t know how I came up with that combo, but I was sticking to it and there was no going back.ย I normally don’t toot my own horn, but this might have been the best recipeย I have ever made in the six years of blogging. It was a spinoff to my mom’s meatloaf recipe with some of my personal touches. I used her recipe as the base and dressed it all up with my favorite ingredients.

I made marscapone & fig balsamic baguettesย inspired by my latest D.C. trip (i’ll post that recipe soon) for the starters. I also served the meatloaf with roasted carrots, roasted baby yukon potatoes, sautรฉed kale and baby crab cakes. Not going to lie, I purchased the baby crab cakes at Earthfare….shhhhhh.


1 1/2 lbs. of beef or meatloaf mix (beef,ย veal,ย pork, orย lamb) *the meat counter should offer a blend.
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce (1 teaspoon for the top)
1 1/2 large eggs
2 tablespoons light cream
1/2 tablespoon garlic paste
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon light brown sugar (2 tbsps. for the top)
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/2 large sweet onion
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder

IMG_1175Addย all the ingredients (exclude ketchup, 2 tbsps. brown sugar, 1 tsp. soy sauce or mustard) into a large mixing bowl and combine.

IMG_1798-2If it’s at all watery or too gooey, add more breadcrumbs. If it’s dry, add more egg.

Form the meat into a loaf!

Grease a pan with olive oil, or butter, and add the loaf to the dish.

Mix the mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, and soy sauce together in a little bowl.

Sprinkle a little bit of pepper on top of the loaf.
Coat the loaf in the sauce.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes. *160 degrees*

IMG_1217-3For the potatoes, I boiled them until fork tender, tossed them in olive oil, soy sauce, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, Italian seasonings and roasted them at 375 degrees for 35 minutes!

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The roasted carrot recipe can be found here! Roasted Garlic Carrots <3

I had tomato basil tilapia for Becca since she’s pescetarian.

IMG_1209-2 I sautรฉed kale in olive oil, sesame seed oil, garlic paste, and added flax seeds!


I couldn’t get over the flavors in this meatloaf. Everything was on point and there wasn’t an ingredient I’d change…The texture was also spot on. (drrrrooooooooling all over again)

This was a delicious meal for being a “wing it” dinner. My parents wanted the recipe and my mom couldn’t stop talking about it. There were ZERO leftovers and I have a feeling I’ll be making this again…and soon!

We ended the night with a lemon birthday cake for my mom!

Questions for you!

  1. If you could rename “meatloaf” what would you call it?
  2. Are there any odd ingredients you add into your meatloaf recipe?
  3. Will you only eat your mom’s meatloaf?


  • Dan

    This was bomb

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  • Kenzie

    You inspired me to try cooking this for MY parents last night. I normally hate handling raw meat so I’ve never made a meatloaf but you just sounded so darn persuasive and you were so right! I did not even use any ketchup to dip my meatloaf in, which is saying A LOT. :))

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  • Carly

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but I don’t think I’ve ever had meatloaf! What have I been doing all my life?!? ha!

    I think meatloaf get a bad rep from the name alone, but I really have no idea what else it could possibly be named!

    Since I’ve never tried it, I don’t have a recipe, and I’m not sure my mom does either. But after your post I feel like I NEED to try it, so I will be making yours! It looks delicious and can’t wait to try it!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      You’ve never had meatloaf?!

      The name does a BAD rep, but a meatloaf done right is fantastic.

      I hope you try this recipe and then let me know what you think of it!

      I want to take your meatloaf card! haha


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  • Jenn

    Huh, I thought Becca was a vegetarian. Oh well. I didn’t grow up eating meatloaf so no I won’t just eat mom’s :-p. I do make mine with turkey though and some BBQ sauce. Yummy!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Becca was a vegetarian for many years but is not transitioning back into eating fish. She eats 80% vegetarian but doesn’t want labels on food. I want to make this recipe using ground turkey! I bet it would be just as delicious & a tad healthier.

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  • Zoe

    I love meatloaf! Can’t wait to try this one!

    I’m not attached to any particular meatloaf recipe, I like to try new ones with different ingredients and see how they taste different.

    For the most part, all the ingredients I’ve used are pretty standard. I tried an Italian meatloaf recipe one time that used tomato sauce instead of ketchup. And one time realized last minute that we were out of ketchup so I used barbecue sauce instead.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I think you’ll LOVE it.

      Love how openminded you are. When I find or create a good recipe, I have a hard time jumping out of that box. I need to be more openminded and adventurous. I bet the BBQ sauce one was good because of the brown sugar! Smart thinkin’ ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Mel

    I’m drooling.

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  • Melissa

    1.Hahaha I have no idea what else you could call a meat loaf, its pretty spot on with its description
    2.I usually add worcheshire sauce into the mix
    3. Nope Im not sure ive had a bad meatloaf. My mom usallly fills the center of hers with cooked spinach though! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Tara @ Run and Live Happy

    I love meatloaf! Unfortunately my husband hates it, so I only get to have it when we visit his aunt and uncle. (She makes it and salmon patties together every time!) There is a restaurant in town that makes a smoked meatloaf and it is delicious!

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  • Dana

    I love meatloaf! The name is a-okay with me. The last one I made was a greek one (oregano, spinach, feta) and I’m acutally making one this weekend for a Labor Day picnic, but with Mexican flavors.

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  • Linda @ The Fitty

    Probably I’d rename it do Loaf de Meat!

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  • Kaolee

    Your meatloaf looks so yummy right now! I have never made meatloaf before, but this is a great recipe for the next few weeks so I’m having bebe #2!

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