I am SO thrilled to share this recipe today from my friend Laura Noonan of That Healthy Friend. Laura and I met on Jenna Kutcher’s Goal Digger Podcast Insiders Facebook group (say that 10 times fast...whoa!) when she posted asking for guest bloggers for her site!(PS, if you’re not in that Facebook group, you need to join! Click here to be added!)! Once we got to talking, we realized that we have a lot of things in common! Boom! Instant friendship!
Laura and I both have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and we are both passionate about educating other women on how to improve their symptoms and balance their hormones naturally by making healthy swaps in their meals and around their homes.
Earlier this week on her blog, I shared about intermittent fasting and how it can help you BURN FAT! Basically, it’s the bomb….but if you know me, you already know that! To read my blog post, click here.
Without further ado, here is Laura’s twist on a classic….meatloaf!
Rustic Italian Meatloaf
Today I’m taking a classic recipe and putting a unique spin on it. Meatloaf is an American family staple, and I distinctly remember grimacing every time a slice was put on my plate. It always felt like like a naked hamburger with half the delicious flavor! Once I started making my own meal plans I took on the challenge of making this a flavor-filled meal everyone would love.
Meatloaf - Simply Versatile
One thing I absolutely love about meatloaf is the versatility of it. If you don’t have the exact meats on hand, you can always use what you have! Have ground sausage and ground chicken on hand? Go for it! Maybe you’re into hunting or someones gifted you some ground venison, feel free to use that in place of the beef. It’ll change the texture some but the flavors will still blend. I do believe the key to this recipe is the italian sausage as it adds a depth of flavor unmatched by other meats. My suggestion would be to keep that as a main ingredient.
Recently I made this recipe for my family. Since there’s only two of us, it made enough for 3-4 dinners. If you don’t want to eat meatloaf 4 meals out of the week, refrigerate half and make freezer meals out of the other half! Any time I can make easy go-to meals for later I will - it simplifies those busy nights after a busy work day or a fun weekend hike.
Suggestions for Serving
Meatloaf makes a super simple healthy meal. Low in carbohydrates, it pairs perfectly with a large green salad or a side of roasted veggies. I love slicing it up and heating it on a skillet like a hamburger to crisp up the outside edges. Perfection! Want to add in some healthy fats? Slice up an avocado and place it on top when it gets served. If your wanting some extra sauce and aren’t concerned about sugars in your condiments, try drizzling the meatloaf with some BBQ sauce. Options abound when it
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground Italian sausage
5 cloves of garlic, minced
½ onion, diced
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 tsp onion
2 tsp parsley
1 6oz can tomato paste
½ can water (use tomato paste can)
3 tsp Worcestershire
3 tsp onion powder
¾ tsp pepper
½ tsp salt
3 tsp garlic powder
What I Do
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F . Grease a 9x5 in loaf pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine all meatloaf ingredients. Mix together until well incorporated.
Transfer the mixture into the loaf pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
During the first 30 minutes of baking, in Small bowl, mix together ingredients for homemade ketchup.
Spread the ketchup on top of the meatloaf. Return to the oven and bake for 25-45 more minutes, until cooked through and internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. (Time will vary depending on thickness of the loaf.)
Rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Cut carefully using a serrated bread knife (not a chef's knife).
About That Healthy Friend
“I’m small town girl who was raised in the Pacific Northwest with a love for the big city. I like Birkenstocks and high heels, hiking and photography, flannel shirts and a light roasted cup of coffee! I now reside in Missouri where my husband is finishing up his internal medicine residency. My health journey began soon after college when I was diagnosed with PCOS and was tipping the scales at 190 pounds.Needing to get my health back after two years of cafeteria food and multiple In-n-Out runs, I did some research and found out about the Paleo way of eating. Following this way of eating for several years, losing my weight, and feeling my overall health return, I can now LIVE life! I’m here to encourage others to live their best lives by providing inspiration, encouragement, and my go-to’s for a healthy lifestyle. Our health isn’t just about a number on a scale, but about the small victories we see off the scale related to the health and the lives we gain.” -Laura