While I was home for Thanksgiving week this past November, I had the opportunity to make dinner for my parents while they were both at work, so I decided to make one of my favorite childhood meals, Mama’s Meat Loaf! While I was looking over the ingredients, I was pleasantly surprised to find out how clean the recipe was with one or two slight adjustments. Definitely #CauseFitnessApproved. And, for all my fellow “meatheads” out there, this is recipe is basically all protein (#gains). I decided to share it with y’all too, because I want you to experience how good comfort food can be even when it’s healthy! Don’t let the idea of it fool ya, it’s the most delicious recipe! Here it is…
Mama’s (Clean) Meat Loaf
Adapted from Don Clausen’s recipe, “Don’s Favorite Meat Loaf”
Makes 6-8 servings
It may seem obvious, but make sure you make the loaf and the sauce in separate bowls! :)
MEAT LOAF INGREDIENTS:
- 2/3 c old fashioned oats (or bread crumbs but oats are cleaner)
- 1 c unsweetened plain almond milk
- 1 1/2 lbs 90% lean ground beef (free-range and grass-fed if possible)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 c grated onion
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp sage
PIQUANT SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
- 3 tbls brown cane sugar
- 1/4 c organic ketchup
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- Preheat oven to 350˚
- Soak oats in almond milk; add ground beef, eggs, onion, and spices. Mix well.
- Form into a single loaf pan (4 3/4″ x 8 3/4″ loaf pan).
- Spread with Piquant Sauce* and bake 1 hour.
*To make Piquant Sauce combine sugar, ketchup, nutmeg, and dry mustard.
“I don’t use as much milk or other liquid as it calls for when I sub oats for the crumbs. And I do think the sage makes it unique, aswell as the topping with dry mustard and nutmeg. Yum!” – Mama (Karen Murray)
To serve as an anytime #CauseFitnessApproved meal, fill half a plate with green veggies (asparagus, green beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, etc), drizzle olive oil over them, add a serving of meatloaf, and enjoy!
Hope you like this recipe as much as I do! Have a great week and #CauseFitness!
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