One of my all time favorite recipes to make is meatloaf. Who doesn't like a good meatloaf with buttered rolls, macaroni and cheese and green beans on the side? Plus the next day you can have leftover meatloaf sandwiches. Slice a piece and put it on some plain or toasted bread and you've got the best sandwich ever.

Since I don't eat red meat as much as I used to, I substituted this recipe I'm sharing with you with ground chicken. Sigh, it wasn't the same but it didn't taste too bad. Meatloaf made with anything other than beef or sausage isn't right at all. I know some people mix theirs with sausage or veal but I would rather just have lean ground beef instead. Here's my meatloaf recipe for you to try.


1 lb lean ground beef

1 onion

1 small green pepper

1 can tomato sauce

1 small can of tomato paste

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 cup oats

1 egg

1 tsp garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Sauce for meatloaf

1 cup ketchup

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp mustard

Get a large mixing bowl and add ground beef to it. Chop onions and green peppers into little chucks and add to ground beef. Use the chunky onion and green pepper unless you don't care for having chunks of vegetables in your meatloaf. Some people like their vegetables diced really fine but I like to see mine in the loaf when I slice it. Add both cans of tomato sauce and tomato paste to the mixture along with the Worcestershire sauce. Add the oats, egg and seasonings. Then you take your very clean hands and mix it all together. If the loaf is too saucy you can add more oats as needed. Once you have incorporated the mixture pat the meatloaf into a loaf pan. I sometimes put a little flour in the bottom of the pan to keep from sticking. Put loaf into a 350 degree oven and cook for 30 minutes. While the loaf is cooking mix your ingredients together for the sauce. Remove the loaf from the oven and spread the sauce over the loaf evenly. Put the meatloaf back into the oven and cook about 15 more minutes. Take it out of the oven and let the loaf cool. It is important that it rest in the loaf pan about 20-30 minutes before cutting it, if not it will fall apart when you cut it.