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Stress Free meat loaf recipe

Updated: Jul 14

Is Meatloaf a relevant dish? Or is it dated? A question some cooks and Chefs ponder.

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For Context, Meatloaf became a staple of many Americans' diets during the Depression, because it helped home cooks extend precious protein farther than it might otherwise go so that more people could be fed with less meat. As time progressed, this dish has evolved. Instead of tomato sauce as the main topping of the dish, you can now use barbecue sauce or chimichurri. Meatloaf has become a reminder we all can do our part to help brighten someone's day.

I would consider Meatloaf a beacon of hope. The Depression has left an unforgettable imprint on the world. One wonderful thing that came out of it was the home cooks' ability to still nourish, and satisfy their devourers during such a perilous time.

Is meatloaf outdated? I would say no. Meatloaf can be anything you want it to be and can be a very filling dish for a good price. I grew up in a household where meatloaf was not regularly served. I did not find out about it until I was on my own, exploring my kitchen prowess.

My grandmother had always told me to be a great cook, one needed a good recipe index as well as creativity to make a recipe your own. The preparation for Meatloaf, for me, always depends on my consumers. If I know they enjoy Barbecue, I will make my Meatloaf more savory and sweet, with Vidalia onions and roasted garlic. If I know they are a more classic consumers. I make the meatloaf the traditional way with a chunky tomato sauce. Making sure to use white onions and celery in the loaf.

*Cooking tip

Use a cooking thermometer. Loaves should register 165 F degrees or higher when inserted for 5-10 seconds. If they do not, please cook a little longer until they do.

Prego sauce is a great topper. Stress Free meat loaf recipe.

This is one of those recipes people will swear it took you all day to make. You will love it because it is a healthy twist on a traditional meatloaf classic.

Let me know in the comments how it turned out.

Stress Free meat loaf recipe


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  • 1 large egg beaten

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 Spaghetti sauce packet

  • 1 garlic clove minced

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1/3 cup of Italian Seasoning breadcrumbs

  • 4 slices of pepperoni

  • 6 string cheese sticks

  • 1/2 cup pasta sauce heated up

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the air fryer to 370 F 2. In a medium mixing bowl add egg, garlic, and half of the spaghetti packet. Add ground beef and breadcrumbs. Use your hands to blend together do not over-blend. 3. Divide beef into 4 parts. Press beef until almost flat, then put 1 slice of pepperoni on top, then add 1/2 cheese stick. Shape Beef into a mini oblong loaf. Repeat until all 4 are done. 4. Put into airfryer. Cook for 15 minutes, or until the thermometer registers 160F. Serve. 5. Top with warm pasta sauce. Garnish with basil if you desire.

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