I made meatloaf for the very first time tonight…and it was delicious! I have never really liked meatloaf and my husband loves it. I never made it and never felt I was missing anything, but I did feel a little guilty for never giving it a try. Well, I decided it was about time to give it a go- and figured there was a chance the kids would eat it too. They love meatballs! (I feel like chopped meat recipes are becoming a theme around here- chili, tacos, meatballs, sloppy joes, and now meatloaf!)

I wanted to find a clean eating meatloaf recipe, especially one that didn’t use ketchup. I hate ketchup, I have an aversion to ketchup, I don’t want to look at ketchup, smell ketchup, or touch ketchup. I only soften to it a little bit because I have a beautiful niece who loves the stuff and puts it on everything! Anyway, clean eating meatloaf, meatloaf with no ketchup. That’s what I looked for…

I looked around online, combined two recipes that I found, and will definitely make it again soon. Meatloaf isn’t pretty anyway, but after it’s been sliced it’s even less pretty. I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture of it before we sliced it!

Turkey & Beef Meatloaf

Turkey/Beef Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, divided
  • 1 TBSP vinegar
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • water

Preparation:

In large bowl, combine meat, eggs, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic, and 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce. Mix well. Use a loaf pan or form the mixture into a loaf shape in a baking pan. Make a small depression in the top of the loaf to form a well for the sauce. In a small bowl, mix remaining tomato sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and a small amount of warm water. Pour over the top of the meatloaf. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.

This recipe is a combination of Kim’s Ultimate Meatloaf, from allrecipes.com, and the Body Beast turkey meatloaf recipe. I’m sure you could use all turkey, all beef, or ground pork or lamb too.

My only qualm about my tweaked recipe is the brown sugar- it’s not clean. Next time I’ll try something else. But it was really good! I liked it, my husband was so happy to have meatloaf and said it was delicious, and all but one child ate it! I think I could get the fourth one to eat it next time though…That’s what I call a successful recipe!

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