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Quick And Easy Meatloaf Recipes

Years ago a stack of nice soft bread with jam was always eagerly gobbled down and was a staple at every meal. Wheat or white, homemade or store bought — it didn’t matter, especially when it was spread with butter and your favorite jam, honey or apple butter. Sometimes we watch so many gourmet shows that show you how to make and use breads with names you can’t even pronounce that we forget how much our families love the simple basics like bread and jam.

Keep things simple and easy and you will find yourself not dreading making dinner each night. Go back to the basics like this easy meatloaf recipe, baked potatoes, a green veggie and bread and jam.

 I sometimes halve this recipe or make a whole meatloaf and freeze half for later. These meatloaf recipes are super easy, can be made ahead of time, and makes great leftovers!


Extraordinary Meatloaf
Baked Potatoes
Broccoli Salad
Bread and Jam
Baked Apples

Easy Meatloaf Recipes:

Extraordinary Meatloaf

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. sausage (hot if you like it)
1 cup bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3/4 lb. (3 cups) Colby cheese, grated

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all ingredients and place in a loaf pan. Bake 45 minutes.

Here’s another easy meatloaf recipe that is a favorite in our family:

Aunt Mary’s Meatloaf

In a bowl, let soak:

12 slices of bread
2 cups milk

In a second bowl, mix:

4 lbs. ground beef
2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
8 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 Tbps. parsley, chopped
And soaked bread

Place layer of bacon on bottom of 2 loaf pans. Add ground beef mix made into 2 loaves on top the top with more bacon slices.

2 cups ketchup
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard
2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
hot sauce (optional)

Stir ingredients together. Pour half over the meatloaf . Use the other half for basting and serving. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Add more sauce and bake 25 minutes more.


Broccoli Salad

2 bunches broccoli florets
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 cup white raisins
1 cup sunflower seeds
Bacon bits

1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sugar

Mix broccoli, onions, and raisins. Mix dressing. Pour over broccoli mix and chill. Just before serving, sprinkle with sunflower seeds and bacon bits.

Feel free to adjust this salad. Use less or no dressing for fewer calories and, if you prefer, you can use regular raisins instead of white. 

For more quick and easy recipes like these easy meatloaf recipes, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook!


  1. Jan says

    Wow, I looked at that second meatloaf receipe and saw 12 slices of bread and thought must be an awful big meatloaf. Then I saw 4lbs of ground beef and wondered how many people this was for. I always make my meatloaf like this, but without the bacon, too much grease. I will have to put a couple of slices on mine, the next time.

  2. susan says

    Hi Jill and Tawra!

    Meatloaf is always a favorite in my house! I often try different things in my meatloafs, one time I put a little bit of celery salt in the meatloaf and boy it was good! I love to experment with different ingredients and by most part they turn out good! Have a blessed day!

  3. May Rosengren says

    While many of your reciepies are interesting, many are not suitable for diabetics. Any thoughts on doing some for diabetics?

    • says

      Yes about 2 weeks ago we did a whole newsletter on that. The thing is as much as we would like too, it would take us the rest of our lives to write books and things to cover all of the special diets people now have. One thing about our book and many of our recipes is that people find them easy to adapt to their needs. I always say I am left handed and I wish that more things were made to work better with my left hand but they can’t always do that so I have learned to adapt to using things with my “handicap” instead.

  4. Rachel H says

    The extraordinary meatloaf sound like something I would like to try. I’ve been making one like Aunt Mary’s for years now. But I used bread crumbs instead of bread. Tonight we had “hobos”. A hamburger patty topped with sliced potatoes and onion and seasonings. then wrap in foil and bake in the oven, about 45 minutes on 350. They turned out good. Susan, celery salt is something I love. I love the flavor that celery gives to recipes, but I do not like crunchy veggies, so that is what I use. I add it to tuna salad and potato salad as well.

  5. Mary Jane says

    A nice substitute for celery is a bit of ordinary celery seed from the spice aisle. Saves the salt from celery salt for those who need to monitor salt in their diets. Also I have used home-grown and dried lovage; a leafy perennial herb that grows in the garden and if it is well established, will take over. It is actually related to celery and shouldn’t be planted near carrots, due to it’s genetics. When you live up north, and far from the grocery store, you need to be creative. Try celery seed or a bit of dried lovage in your next pot roast.

  6. Bea says

    You always have so much common sense Jill. I love your way of always coming up with wonderful ideas. It does make sense to have bread and jam at every meal. Saves money on the expensive things.

  7. Bea says

    Hi Jill, Glad you liked the article on manners. Really wish more people had them.
    I made your Basic Chicken Soup recipe from the cookbook. I love that recipe. Will gave some nice chicken soup with noodles tonight when I get home. I will also have some bread and jam with it. Can’t wait.


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