Mmhh meatloaf. I love meatloaf slathered in ketchup, which isn't the healthiest condiment, but every once in a while we indulge. I combined my Mom's recipe with some pieces of online versions to come up with this one. It's kind of spicy--now that Aila is eating meat, I will likely decrease the cayenne pepper amount until I know she can handle it. Of course, if it's too spicy, just pour on more ketchup! Woo hoo!

Makes 4-6 servings
Total time: 1.5 hours



  • 2 lbs ground sirloin beef
  • 1 cup traditional oatmeal {gluten free, if needed}
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 rib celery, shredded
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped or shredded
  • 1/2 green pepper, shredded
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 T worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare 11"x14" baking dish with olive oil.

  2. Place beef into a large bowl and, with a wooden spoon, fold in vegetables, worcestershire sauce, egg, and seasoning. Add oatmeal and mix gently {using your hands may be easiest} just until combined.

  3. Form mixture into loaf-shape {approximately 4 inches high by 6 inches long--sometimes mine is almost as long as my pan} and place in pan. Bake until internal temperature is 160 degrees, or until loaf is no longer pink inside {approximately 50 minutes}.

Additional Notes:

  • I use a food processor to finely chop or shred the vegetables, almost to a puree.
  • I quarter potatoes and halve carrots and place them alongside the loaf--this does increase cooking time by approximately a half hour.

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