Hello modern gals!

I think meatloaf gets a bad rap. I, for one, always thought it was a lesser food, something people who can’t cook make. Something from another era that should not be allowed to be on any gourmet table, like Spam or Ambrosia. When I think of meatloaf (which I don’t often), I see a 50s housewife and a catchy tune in the background.

But when I saw a recipe in Cooking Light for Meatloaf, I thought, “Why not?” I changed the recipe a bit to suit my tastes, and it came out delicious. I substituted ½ ground turkey to make it healthier. It’s hearty, easy, and comforting.

So get our your aprons and bouffants ladies and let’s cook!


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¾ cup chopped onion

½ pound ground turkey

½ pound ground beef

6 tablespoons ketchup

1 tbsp. hot mustard

1 squeeze garlic from tube (at grocery store in produce section)

½ cup panko breadcrumbs

2 tbsp. finely grated parmesan

1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 teaspoon Worcestershire

one sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ tsp. fresh ground pepper

1 egg


Preheat oven to 350

Heat small skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp. olive oil. Add onion and cook 5 minutes until tender. Cool.

In bowl, combine all other ingredients, reserving 3 tbsp. of the ketchup and 1 tbsp. grated parmesan.

Place meat on greased cookie sheet and shape into a loaf. Brush with the 3 tbsp. ketchup and sprinkle 1 tbsp. parmesan on top.

Bake for 35-45 minutes, until thermometer hits 160. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Slice and serve.

The cheese will bubble and ooze all over but that's okay!


When I Googled Meatloaf, the singer came up more often than the ground beef food. So, here are some interesting facts about Meatloaf, the man:

Meat Loaf was born Marvin Lee Aday in Houston, Texas. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell album trilogy consisting of Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose. Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 43 million copies.[1] After more than 30 years, it still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.[2][3]In Los Angeles, Marvin formed his first band, “Meat Loaf Soul”.[8] During the recording of their first song, he hit a note so high that he managed to blow a fuse on the recording monitor.[9] He was immediately offered three recording contracts, which he turned down.[5] Meat Loaf Soul’s first gig was in Huntington Beach at the Cave, opening for Them, Van Morrison‘s band. In 1985, Meat Loaf did some comedy sketches in England with Hugh Laurie. At some point, Meat Loaf tried stand-up comedy, appearing several times in Connecticut.[

Pink appetit!!!