Egg Free Meatloaf with Panko Breadcrumbs

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Let’s talk comfort food.  Meatloaf, corn and mashed potatoes.  Meatloaf makes my heart happy, it really does.  It’s quick and easy to make, and you just pop it in the oven for a half hour, everyone’s happy, and you look like the chef of the year.   *aaaand the crowd goes wild!!*

But it’s not always the healthiest option.  Traditional meatloaf is usually loaded with overly processed bread or breadcrumbs, eggs and other fillers.

I wanted to re-create the traditional meaty goodness, but in a healthier way.  I cut out the eggs and replaced them with…wait for it…

Applesauce!

Yes, seriously.  It’s an amazing substitute.  You won’t miss the egg (and won’t taste apples….even though, would that really be such a bad thing?)

egg meatloaf recipe

1 Hour To Make
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Serves 6-8

Ingredients You Will Need:

2 lbs Ground Beef

1 Onion, medium, chopped small.

4 TBS Applesauce (Organic, sweetened or unsweetened if you’re cutting out sugar)

1/2 Cup Ketchup (Organic) I love Annie’s Brand.

3 Cloves Garlic, chopped small.  

 2 TSP Worcestershire Sauce ( Set aside +1 TSP for sauce)
(I still really don’t know how to say that word…)

1 TBS Organic Whole Milk (optional: Determine if you need milk based off of the moisture in the mix.  If it’s very dry, add a bit of milk)

Pinch Brown Sugar (optional)

1 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs

Easy Instructions:

Combine all ingredients, except 1/2 cup of ketchup and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Use your hands

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to thoroughly blend the mixture.  Add a small amount of organic whole milk if necessary to make the mixture moist.

Use a large spatula to turn the meat mixture into a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan.  (Like this one) Press down and smooth the top.

Mix 1/2 cup of ketchup, a splash of Worcestershire sauce and a pinch of brown sugar (optional) in a small bowl and use a spoon or brush to spread mixture on top of the meatloaf.

Bake in a preheated oven for at 400° for 45 minutes or until thoroughly cooked through.  Drain excess fat and oil from pan.  (which I didn’t do until after I took the pictures…heh, got a little too excited to show all of you!)

I whipped up some mashed potatoes and steamed some organic carrots and green squash and added them to the side, but organic corn or another veggie would compliment the dish nicely as well.

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