This easy basic meatloaf has ground flaxseeds for better health. Busy families need easy recipes. Our basic meatloaf recipe is not only an easy meatloaf to make, but it is also great for a healthy family meal plan. If you are cooking for kids then you know how hard it is to get them to eat fish. Fish is high in necessary omega 3 fatty acids, but so are flaxseeds. So we added ground flaxseeds to our easy to make meatloaf instead of breadcrumbs, which is more common in classic meatloaf recipes. This meatloaf is firm, yet tender. It stays together nicely when sliced (without having to use breadcrumbs or whole oats as a filler) and is also quite tasty. Your kids will love it, and they won’t be reaching for the ketchup bottle, either. If you’d like to add more vegetables, herbs, added seasoning, you may. Our easy basic meatloaf can be altered to your personal flavor preferences. This recipe is gluten-free, corn-free, and Dairy-free. It will easily serve six.
2 lbs of organic grass fed ground beef (I used beef here, top sirloin cut with minimal fat)
1/4 cup of flaxseed meal
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt (or more if you like it saltier)
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1/4 cup of chopped onion (You can use a mini prep processor to get the pieces very small or make them chunky like I did here).
3 medium-sized cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup of organic or homemade ketchup
If you are using a store-bought brand, be sure to read the labels on your ketchup bottle.
NOTE: Folks with corn allergies need to use only sea salt, and if you are preparing this for someone with celiac or wheat allergy, you cannot use Worcestershire sauce (a common ingredient in classic meatloaf recipes).
Directions for Easy Basic Meatloaf Recipe:
Preheat oven to 375 ˚ Fahrenheit. In the bottom of a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients for your basic meatloaf recipe. Add the eggs and beat with a whisk. Add the onions and garlic, mix, then add the meat and some of the ketchup (you want to reserve a bit to brush over the top of the meatloaf as pictured). Mix ingredients together with your hands and transfer to a casserole dish. For best results, and especially if you are using a fatty ground beef, you may need a meatloaf pan. If you are using a casserole dish, just shape the meatloaf dough into a nice oval patty. Place in heated oven and bake for 45-55 minutes. Meatloaf should be browned on top and cooked all the way through when done. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Serve with your favorite vegetables and enjoy.