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.
|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|
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!
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.
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.
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.