Happy Birthday DD + Monday Meal – Mmm . . .Meatloaf!

Yes, today is my birthday but it is also my three-year birthday for Daily Dietitian!  Wow, I can’t believe it has been that long!  My husband set up this website as a little present and to my surprise I became a blogger and I love it!  (Thanks honey for the site!)

I love sharing my tips for healthy living and recipes and I hope you all enjoy it as well!  Thank you so much for checking out my website!

Well, meatloaf may not be the most exciting dish but I did enjoy this recipe and my kids finally ate a beef dish . . . of course it was with ketchup Smile.


I started with the food processor and added one cup of spinach, 1/2 cup black bean, 1/4 cup green onions and 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce.


I had a little helper, my son, Cooper was fascinated by the food processor.


Don’t mind the pen on his face, ha!


Yes, this mixture may not look that pretty but it can be hidden perfectly in the ground beef!


Add one egg. . . .


Brewer’s Yeast is a great supplement that can be added to just about anything.  I even saw Trisha Yearwood add it to her lasagna! It is loaded with vitamins, minerals and amino acids!  For two tablespoons: 120 calories; 2 g fat; 12 g carbohydrate; 7 g fiber; 14 g protein; 50% iron; 13.5 % folic acid; 34% vitamin B6; 5% vitamin B12 and 18 amino acids! I add it to my smoothies in the morning too!

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Mix together!


Gotta love those panko whole wheat bread crumbs, remember them from Homemade Italian Breaded Chicken! I need to make that recipe again, it was so good!  Add some sharp cheddar cheese, just a little goes a long way in this recipe.


TIP: Add a sharp or any other hard cheese (a cheese with a kick of flavor) to any recipe and you only need a little bit! Forget the low-fat or fat free brands of cheese – they usually contain more sodium than the full-fat versions. Plus they usually do not taste as good, come on, it’s cheese! Just eat it!



Now for the sauce . . . simple ingredients, same condiments as in my Sloppy Joes!


This little guy loves ketchup.  This organic ketchup is probably the best one I have tasted so far, it has a deep rich tomato flavor and the perfect addition to any recipe! I have even used it in place of tomato paste for recipes.  Oh, and don’t forget the spicy brown mustard, ahhh.


Those little chubby hands like to mix things! I also added a tablespoon of brown sugar.


I like to place the meatloaf in individual pans, cooks quicker and also looks nicer.


Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.


This was really good, I surprised myself by all the veggies and beans I added in the recipe. 




Mmmm, Meatloaf!


1 cup fresh spinach

1/2 cup black beans

1/4 cup spaghetti sauce

1/4 cup green onions, diced

1/2 pound lean ground beef

1 egg

1/4 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs

1/3 cup shredded sharp cheese

2 tbsp brewers yeast


1/4 cup organic ketchup

2 tbsp spicy brown mustard

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp brown sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a food processor, combine spinach, black beans, spaghetti sauce and green onions.  Add mixture to ground beef and combine well.  Add egg, bread crumbs, cheese and yeast to mixture.  Mix well and place into a greased pan (or pans).

Mix together ketchup, mustard, sauce and sugar.  Place on top of meat loaves.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.