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Cheesy Meatloaf

So I was inspired after reading this recipe by Rachael Ray to make some meatloaf with a side of mashed potatoes for dinner this week. When I pulled this sucker out of the oven, my only reaction was “Why Rachael? Why have you lied to me like this?”

I followed the recipe to a tee (although I think using 80/20 ground beef was a mistake) and it looked absolutely horrid while I was baking it. Since I made this in coordination with my week 11 meal prep, I actually ended up freezing the meatloaf and eating it the following week because I was traveling for Thanksgiving. Rachael Ray didn’t do me completely wrong, however, as this actually ended up tasting way better than it looked! I guess you can’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a recipe by its ingredients.

Click here to see how the meatloaf held up over the week(s) and how it froze.

Meatloaf Ingredients and Final Product
24% Carbs
39%Protein
37% Fat











Ingredients Amount Cost (USD) Protein (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) Calories (kcal)
80/20 Ground Beef 25 oz $6.28 131g 0g 144g 1813 cal
Light Shredded Cheese 6 oz $2.00 30g 0g 18g 270 cal
Onion 1 onion $0.69 2g 14g 0g 44 cal
Panko 0.666666667 cup $0.42 4g 32g 1g 147 cal
Bread and Butter Pickle Chips 25 chips $0.65 0g 25g 0g 104 cal
Eggs 2 egg $0.22 13g 1g 10g 144 cal
Ketchup 11 tbsp $0.62 3g 41g 1g 220 cal
Total - - $10.87 183g 113g 173g 2741 cal
Total/Meal — — $1.81 30g 19g 29g 457 cal

Step 1

This is such a weird thing to make. Who was the first person who was like “yeah lets mash up some beef with ketchup and pickles then eat it!”. But as I was writing that it occurred to me that I kinda just described a bunless-hamburger, so I guess it’s not that odd.

Anyways, the first thing I did was chop up the onion and pickles.

In a seprate bowl I added the eggs, panko, and ketchup. You can also add in any seasonings of you choice at this point as well!

Chopped Ingredients and Prepared Bowl

Step 2

In order to get an accurate calorie and macro-count for this dish, I went ahead and weighed out the ground beef and cheese before mixing it into the bowl.

Meat and Cheese Weights

Step 3

Once the meat and cheese was weighed, I added them into the bowl along with the pickles and onion then incorporated all of the ingredients together. I used my (clean) hands since that was the easiest way to mix everything, but when I was done mixing the whole thing looked so disgusting that I was really beginning to question my life choices.

Mixing all Ingredients

Step 4

Lastly, I poured the mixture into pans lined with tin-foil and baked for 40-50 minutes until fully cooked. Since I used 80/20 ground beef, the whole mixture was kinda fatty and “liquidy” but it hardened up as it cooled down- I would recommend using a lower fat content ground beef before baking!

Once it was cooked, I let the loaves cool on the counter top before wrapping them entirely in tin-foil and sticking them in the freezer to eat next week. Overall it wasn’t too bad! The portion sizes (it made 6 for me) were a little small but still super filling.

Meatloaf Cooking