Meatloaf is a staple dinner in many families in North America. It is definitely easy to see why! It really takes no time at all to put together and it is even easier because the oven does all of the cooking for you. I was watching a cooking show one day (to be honest I forget now which one!) and saw that the lady was placing in a ton of sundried tomatoes into the meatloaf. I was intrigued! I never heard of putting in sundried tomatoes and knew that I had to try that out one day. I soon did, and boy was I glad to have tried it! It truly packed a punch of flavour. I knew that with sundried tomatoes going in; the meatloaf itself didn't need much more in terms of ingredients. This is truly a winning recipe and I plan to use for years to come. If you love meatloaf you will love this recipe. What is great about this recipe is that you can make burgers with this as well. Your kids are going to thank you for making this.

Serves 4

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Baking time: 30 minutes

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef or chicken or turkey
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, sliced thin
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread, torn up (soaked in 1/4 cup milk for a few minutes)
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp sundried tomatoes, chopped (get the ones packed in oil)
  • 3 tsps sundried tomato oil (from the jar)
  • ketchup (to drizzle on top of the meatloaf before baking)

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with foil. In a large bowl, add in the ground meat of your choice, salt, pepper, chopped onion, mushrooms, parsley, basil, beaten egg, slice of bread soaked in milk, dijon mustard, sundried tomatoes, and the sundried tomato oil. Using your clean hands, gently mix all of the ingredients together until just combined.

2. Pour the mixture onto the lined baking sheet and free form the meatloaf into a nice large oval shape. Take a bottle of ketchup (the ones with the squeeze tops) and drizzle a good portion of ketchup right on top of the meatloaf. Smooth out the ketchup using a spoon, then place the meatloaf into the preheated oven for a good 30 minutes, or until the meatloaf has finished cooking. Let the meat rest for a few minutes, then slice and serve warm along side a simple spring mix salad.

Cook's tip: You can also use this meatloaf mixture to make meatballs or burgers instead. Sundried tomato meatballs or burgers anyone? yum!

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