The Best Meatloaf to Make Ahead and Freeze

Updated on June 6, 2018
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Michelle enjoys spending time in the kitchen—but not too much time. Finding efficient ways to create delicious meals is her end game.

Meatloaf Isn't Boring!

When you're hankering for a filling meal that doesn't take that much brainpower to put together, pull up this meatloaf recipe because it's a surefire win! The dish as a whole is slightly healthier since we're using ground turkey instead of ground beef. Feel free to jazz up the seasonings with flavors that you like to incorporate.

Meatloaf doesn't have to be boring. Use its versatility to your advantage and make it ahead of time so you don't have to stand in front of your fridge wondering what's keeping you from calling for a pizza delivery.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: Serves 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs, traditional or Italian
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup, separated into 2/3 cup and 1/3 cup
  • Non-Stick olive oil spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Knead everything until you have one large loaf.
  3. Spray a 9"x5" loaf pan with a non-stick olive oil spray.
  4. Gently press the meat into a 9"x5" loaf pan. Take an additional 1/4 cup of ketchup and spread it evenly across the top of the loaf.
  5. Bake this in the oven for 45-50 minutes or until it's no longer pink in the center. Let it cool.
  6. Slice the meat into individual serving portions. Portion them out for your dinner tonight, and freeze the rest in a gallon ziplock bag.

Roasted Vegetable Medley: Broccoli, Carrots, and Cauliflower

Complement your healthy (and delicious!) meatloaf with a mouthwatering side of vegetables for dinner! You can place the pan just a few minutes after putting the meatloaf in the oven—they can finish at the same time, meaning you don't need to wait for the meat to finish cooking before starting on the vegetables. You get to eat the food sooner, which is a win in my book!

Ingredients

  • 2 bags mixed vegetables (broccoli, carrots, cauliflower)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the vegetables on a roasting pan.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the vegetables.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining ingredients over the pan.
  5. Mix everything together evenly, coating the vegetables with the oil on all sides.
  6. Place the pan inside the oven for 45 minutes.

Make the Most of Your Meatloaf!

Here are a few tips to maximize your meatloaf.

  1. Slice the loaf before you freeze it. This way, when you're hankering for a piece but don't want to wait for the entire meat block to thaw, you can easily remove a slice to microwave and eat.
  2. Frozen, this dish will last 3-4 months. Plan ahead for those nights when you know you don't want to cook.
  3. Make a ton of veggie side dishes so you can eat a balanced meal. It also stretches out your meatloaf and drives down the cost of your meal!
  4. Chop a slice into a few chunks to add a few "meatballs" to your pasta dinner!

Learn How to Make a Meatloaf Dinner!

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    • Mia Choi profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle George 

      2 months ago from Santa Barbara

      Yes, you can replace it with ground chicken!

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      2 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      Is it possible to replace it with chicken?

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