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The Perfect Sunday Dinner – Meatloaf!

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It’s made with lean ground beef, a handful of seasonings, onions, and a sprinkle of breadcrumbs. Then, it’s baked in the oven with a tasty zesty topping.

Below are my favorite tips for a homemade meatloaf that will have everyone asking for seconds.

This easy meatloaf recipe is a family favorite and all 4 of my kids told me it’s one of their top childhood favorites!  Serve with a side of mashed potatoes or mac and cheese for the perfect comforting meal.

Ingredients for a Classic Meatloaf

Ground beef: I recommend using 80/20 ground beef for the perfect balance of flavor and juiciness. Breadcrumbs: These help the meatloaf hold together and give it the right texture. Italian or seasoned breadcrumbs have extra flavor, but Panko bread crumbs will work too.Eggs: These help bind the meatloaf so it doesn’t fall apart when you cut it.Onions: Chopped onions add extra flavor to the meatloaf, pre-cooking them makes sure the flavor isn’t too strong.Seasonings: Fresh parsley adds a bright, fresh flavor while Italian seasoning are savory and aromatic. Of course, salt and pepper are essential for any recipe, and they help bring out the flavors of the other ingredients.

Meatloaf Sauce

My favorite meatloaf topping is a flavorful zesty topping that caramelizes and gets a bit sticky to glaze the meatloaf as it bakes.

In this sauce for meatloaf, I use a combination of chili sauce and ketchup (just like my mom always made) and a pinch of brown sugar.

Variations & Additions

As this is a classic meatloaf recipe, I keep it simple but you can add in your favorite additions.

Meat: You can add ½ pound lean ground pork in place of some of the beef or try 1 pound ground beef mixed with 1 pound ground turkey (cook to 165°F if adding turkey).Seasonings: Add seasonings like garlic powder (1 tsp), Worcestershire sauce (1 tbs), or some chopped and cooked green bell pepperBrown Sugar Meatloaf Glaze: Use equal parts brown sugar and ketchup with 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar to make a meatloaf glaze in place of the topping below.Brown GravySkip the meatloaf topping altogether and serve it with brown gravy instead (homemade, leftover, or packaged).

How Long To Cook Meatloaf

The 2 lb meatloaf recipe below cooks at 350°F for about 55-65 minutes or at 375°F for 45-55 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.

Meatloaf cooking times

If you are making half of a recipe (or increasing it) you can use the cook times below to cook at 350°F. A thermometer is the best way to ensure the meatloaf is cooked through yet perfectly tender.Bake a 1lb meatloaf for about 45 minutes total.Bake a 2lb meatloaf for about 55 minutes total.Bake a 3 lb meatloaf for about 1 hour & 20 minutes.

How to freeze meatlaof

Before Cooking: To freeze meatloaf before cooking, place in a loaf pan lined with plastic wrap (or form a loaf on a pan). Freeze completely, seal well. Defrost raw frozen meatloaf in the refrigerator 24 hours. Bake as directed. The meatloaf will likely need an extra 15 minutes of cooking time.

After Cooking: Once cooked and cooled, freeze individual slices on a parchment-lined pan. Once the slices are frozen, transfer to a freezer bag.  This makes it easy to grab one slice or several to reheat! Simply reheat in the microwave or in the oven.

How to make meatloaf ahead of time

Meatloaf can be prepared as directed, covered with plastic wrap, and stored in the fridge a day ahead of time before baking. Remove the meatloaf from the fridge 30 minutes before baking. If cold from the fridge, you may need to add a few minutes of cooking time.

How to store leftover meatloaf (cooked)

Store leftover meatloaf in the fridge for up to four days or in the freezer for up to three months.

Keep meatloaf in an airtight container in the fridge or wrap it in plastic wrap. To store in the freezer, slice the meatloaf first for easier thawing and heat it up in the oven or microwave until it’s warm and heated through.

Leftover meatloaf makes great patty melts too!

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The Best Meatloaf Recipe

This is the best meatloaf recipe ever. It is so easy to make and comes out perfectly juicy every time!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 50 minutes

Resting Time 10 minutes

Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings 8 servings

½ medium onion diced1 teaspoon butter2 eggs¾ cup milk¾ cup Italian breadcrumbs or seasoned breadcrumbs2 pounds lean ground beef 80/201 tablespoon ketchup or chili sauce1 teaspoon Italian seasoning2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped, or 2 teaspoons dried parsley1 teaspoon Kosher salt & ½ teaspoon black pepper more to taste

Meatloaf Sauce

½ cup chili sauce *see note½ cup ketchup2 tablespoons brown sugar optional

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.

In a small pan, cook onions in butter over medium low heat until tender. Let them cool completely.

In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, and breadcrumbs. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes. 

Add the ground beef, cooked onions, ketchup or chili sauce, Italian seasoning, parsley, and salt & pepper to the bowl. Mix until just combined.

Form a 8″x4″ loaf on the prepared baking pan and bake for 40 minutes. 

While the meatloaf is cooking, combine the chili sauce and ketchup (and brown sugar if using). Spread mixture over the meatloaf and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until cooked through and the meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 160°F. Broil for 1-2 minutes if desired.

Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. 

Chili Sauce: Chili sauce is not spicy, it tastes like a very zesty ketchup with more tang and less sweetness. (Find chili sauce near the ketchup at the store). If you don’t have chili sauce, use extra ketchup or even a bit of BBQ sauce if you’d like.

Optional Additions: 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard or Worcestershire sauce can be added to the beef mixture. Onions can be added without cooking but may not soften as well and will have a stronger flavor.
Do Not Overmix: Mix the ingredients just until combined to avoid a dense meatloaf.
Use Lean Meat: Use 80/20 for great flavor without making it greasy.
Add flavors and moisture: Don’t skip the seasonings and soak the breadcrumbs in milk to keep the meatloaf flavorful and moist.
Skip the Loaf Pan: Use a baking pan instead of a loaf pan. This gives the meatloaf a nice crust. A loaf pan causes the meat to steam, and there’s nowhere for the drippings to go. 
Rest the Meatloaf: Let the meatloaf rest once it comes out of the oven to help redistribute the juices and make sure it won’t fall apart when sliced.

4.95 from 903 votes

Calories: 262 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 640mg | Potassium: 599mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3.7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Beef, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American

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Easy Layered Salad – Perfect to Make Ahead

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This overnight 7-layer salad recipe is everyday easy in addition to being party perfect!

Layers of fresh lettuce, veggies, cheese, and bacon are topped with a creamy dressing to make this seven layer salad!

What’s in Seven Layer Salad? 

Mix and match the ingredients, I add 7 layers but you can add as many as you’d like to this overnight salad.

Lettuce – Iceberg lettuce will stay extra crunchy due to its high water content, so it’s great in an overnight salad. Wash it first and then dry it very well (I use a salad spinner).

Vegetables – Tomatoes, peas, and sliced green onions add visual interest to a 7 layer salad, but so can chopped celery, sliced radishes, diced bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, shredded zucchini, corn, sundried tomatoes, and even shredded brussels sprouts. This is a great recipe for using up leftover bits of veggies in the fridge.

Bacon & Eggs – Bacon and hard-boiled eggs add texture, color, and a boost of healthy protein. I keep the bacon on the side and sprinkle it on just before serving.

Cheese – Cheddar cheese has a sharp flavor that tastes great with sweet peas and salty bacon. Blue cheese crumbles or parmesan cheese are other excellent options.

Dressing for Overnight Salad

This mayo-based sour cream dressing is traditional and it is super easy to make. It’s thicker than a traditional dressing, so it holds up well.

Add in your favorite herbs or ranch-style seasonings to change it up.

Keep leftover 7-layer salad covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The flavors will blend and taste even better the next day!

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7 Layer Salad

A delicious medley of layers topped with a creamy homemade dressing and bacon crumbles makes for a colorful and hearty salad!

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 0 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Servings 12 servings

1 Trifle Bowl to show layers

1 head iceberg lettuce chopped2 cups tomatoes diced, or sliced cherry tomatoes2 cups frozen peas defrosted (uncooked)½ cup green onions or red onions, sliced8 hard boiled eggs cooled, peeled and chopped2 cups cheddar cheese shredded8 slices bacon cooked crisp and crumbled

DRESSING

In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, and seasoned salt for the dressing. Set aside.

Wash and dry the lettuce very well. Place lettuce in the bottom of a large trifle bowl (or 9×13 pan).

In order, top with tomatoes, peas, green onions, and boiled eggs. Spread the dressing on top right to the edges.

Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Top with cheese and bacon before serving.

Feel free to substitute other vegetables for the layers. Options include bell peppers, corn, sliced celery, mushrooms, or radishes, sundried tomatoes or shredded carrots, cabbage, zucchini, or brussels sprouts!
To make ahead, assemble all the layers except cheese and bacon, cover, and chill. Just before serving, layer cheese and bacon on top.
Optional Ranch Style Dressing1 cup mayonnaise¾ cup sour cream½ teaspoon garlic powder½ teaspoon onion powder1 tablespoon fresh dill1 tablespoon fresh parsleysalt & pepper to taste

5 from 24 votes

Calories: 348 | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 165mg | Sodium: 579mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1124IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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Turkey Noodle Casserole

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Turn leftovers into a cozy turkey noodle casserole that the whole family will love!

This noodle casserole has packed with tender veggies, turkey, and pasta baked in a simple homey sauce. It’s all baked under buttery bread crumbs.

Ingredients for Turkey Noodle Casserole

This basic casserole is simply turkey, veggies, and pasta cooked in a simple homemade sauce.

Turkey: Use leftover turkey or use rotisserie chicken. Leftover ham is another great variation in this recipe.

Vegetables: This turkey noodle casserole is so versatile. Use either frozen mixed vegetables or veggies from your crisper drawer (see recipe notes for fresh vegetables).

Pasta: Any medium shape can be used in this recipe. Try penne or rotini, and be sure to cook it al dente (firm) so it doesn’t overcook in the oven.

Sauce: The sauce below is a very simple cream sauce, almost reminiscent of chicken pot pie sauce. You can swap it out for cream of mushroom, chicken, or celery soup or a jar of Alfredo sauce. Be sure to add the poultry seasoning; it adds great flavor.

Swap in Your Leftovers

Sauce

If you’ve got leftover gravy or cheese sauce, they can be used in this recipe (you’ll need about 4 cups of sauce) instead of making a from-scratch sauce.

If you don’t have 4 cups of sauce, use what you have and add either a jar of alfredo sauce or a can of condensed mushroom or chicken soup.

Vegetables

Add leftover vegetables from last night’s dinner or even leftover green bean casserole (sauce and all)!

Assemble turkey noodle casserole up to 1 day ahead, but leave off the topping and refrigerate overnight.

Remove the casserole from the fridge for at least 30 minutes before baking and sprinkle with the topping. Add an extra 5-7 minutes of baking time.

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Turkey Noodle Casserole

The best way to use up leftover turkey and veggies from the holidays is with this Turkey Noodle Casserole!

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 40 minutes

Total Time 1 hour

Servings 6

Creamy Sauce (see notes for shortcut)

⅓ cup butter1 small onion diced2 cloves garlic minced⅓ cup flour¾ teaspoon poultry seasoning½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves3 cups chicken broth1 ½ cups light cream or half and half1 ½ teaspoons dried parsley or 1 tablespoon fresh½ teaspoon Kosher salt or more to taste¼ teaspoon black pepper

Casserole

3 cup frozen mixed vegetables thawed, see notes for fresh vegetables2 cups cooked turkey cubed, or chicken12 ounces medium pasta such as rotini or penne

Topping

¼ cup melted butter½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 or 3-quart casserole dish and set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add diced onion, minced garlic, and seasonings and cook until softened, about 4-5 minutes.

Add flour and cook for 1 minute.

Slowly stir in chicken broth and evaporated milk, until the mixture is smooth. The mixture will be very thick at first.

Bring the sauce to a boil while stirring over medium heat. Let boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and stir in salt, pepper, and parsley.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta 1 minute less than directed on the package. Drain well.

Combine cooked pasta, thawed vegetables, cubed turkey or chicken, and sauce in the prepared casserole dish.

In a separate bowl, mix together melted butter and seasoned breadcrumbs, then sprinkle over the casserole.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly and the topping is browned.

Sauce: To make a shortcut sauce, replace the sauce with a jar of alfredo sauce and add in the seasonings. Cream can be substituted for evaporated milk. 
Cheese: 1 ½ cups of shredded cheese like cheddar can be added to the sauce.
To use fresh vegetables: Fresh vegetables can be used in place of frozen mixed vegetables. I would suggest 3 chopped carrots, 2 ribs of celery, and 1 cup of corn (although any combination will work). Add the fresh vegetables to the boiling pasta water for the last 4 minutes in step 7 or steam the vegetables until tender.
Store leftover casserole covered in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven or in the microwave until heated through. 

5 from 8 votes

Calories: 519 | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 925mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 4018IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Casserole, Dinner, Turkey
Cuisine American

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Easy Lemon Chicken

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Tender chunks of chicken are pan-fried and tossed in a simple tangy-sweet lemon sauce. You can’t beat the flavor of fresh lemon. Serve this over rice for the perfect weeknight dinner.

Have you ever had a stir-fry and wondered how the get the meat so darn tender? Most often it’s due to a technique called velveting.

Meat (beef or chicken) is marinated in a combination of egg white, cornstarch, oil, and often other additives like vinegar. Cornstarch is a natural tenderizer (and used in this recipe as well as many other stir fry favorites and even Mongolian Beef)!

Pour the sauce right over if you are in a hurry, but I like to remove the chicken from the pan, deglaze the pan using the sauce, then add the chicken back in.

Garnish with lemon slices, green onion or chives and sesame seeds.

Lemon Chicken is a great dish to make ahead or make a double batch so that you’ll have lots of leftovers. It will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days for easy lunches!

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This easy lemon recipe is a sweet zesty favorite, made in under an hour!

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Marinate Time 15 minutes

Total Time 45 minutes

Servings 4 servings

1 pound boneless chicken breast diced1 large egg3 tablespoons cornstarch2 tablespoons soy sauce2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Sauce

¾ cup chicken broth1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch¼ cup sugar3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Optional Garnish

sesame seeds, thinly sliced green onion

In a bowl, combine chicken with egg, cornstarch, and soy sauce. Allow it to marinate in the fridge for at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour.

In a small bowl, mix together the sauce ingredients.

In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from the egg mixture, allowing any excess to drip off. Discard the marinade.

Add chicken to the pan in batches and stir-fry until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Stir the sauce well to ensure the cornstarch is fully incorporated. Pour it into the pan with the chicken. Let it simmer on low heat until it thickened, about 3-4 minutes

Garnish with sesame seeds, thinly sliced green onion, and lemon wedges if desired.

This recipe comes together quickly; prepare all of the ingredients before beginning to cook.
Chicken: For easy handling, place chicken in the freezer for 15 minutes before cutting (optional). Chicken thighs work well in this recipe.
Lemon: Fresh lemon juice is best for this recipe. If using fresh lemon, ½ teaspoon of lemon zest can be added to the sauce for an extra boost of lemon flavor. 
Vegetables: Vegetables can be added to this chicken, asparagus, or green beans are great options. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside. Trim the vegetables and add them to the pan. Stir-fry them for a few minutes until they are tender crisp. Add the chicken and the sauce and continue to cook as directed.
For a crispy chicken, marinated chicken can be dusted in corn starch and deep fried in small batches at 350°F for 4-5 minutes. Thicken sauce and toss with chicken.
 

4.95 from 17 votes

Calories: 258 | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 814mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian Fusion

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