If there was one recipe that people feel their mom makes the best of, meatloaf would likely be it. While I won’t even try to compete with your mother’s recipe, I will offer you this slightly healthier take on the mom-classic.
Over the 5 years Bry and I have been together, there’s been a handful of times where he’s mentioned how much he likes meatloaf. I’ve told myself I’d make some for dinner the next week, then I’d find another recipe online and forget all about the meatloaf plans. But not this time.
My mom was shocked when I told her I was making meatloaf. As a kid, I went through a stage of loving meatloaf, or rather I would eat the Ketchup-topping then nibble on the rest. But as I got into my teenage years, the idea of eating something called “meatloaf” just sounded awful. Plus I was getting more interested in nutrition and trying to stay away from too much red meat. But since making this bison meatloaf, I have a feeling it won’t be another five years until I eat it again 😉
When setting out to make a lighter meatloaf, I was deciding between using turkey and bison. Obviously turkey would have been the leaner option of the two, but Bry wanted “real” meatloaf so bison it was. As I’ve talked about it other posts, bison is a much leaner (and more flavorful, in my option) substitution for ground beef. On the east coast, it can be a bit tricky to find, but generally Whole Foods and BJ’s carry it.
In addition to using bison over beef, other healthy swaps include using soaked oats instead of breadcrumbs and bread slices, only 1 whole egg, shredded carrot instead of sugar, and a homemade tomato topping instead of Ketchup.
The meatloaf came out juicy and moist, with a nice tang from the tomato topping and a subtle sweetness from the shredded carrots. For a more balanced meal, we served the meatloaf with a generous helping of roasted vegetables.
For anyone meal planning, the meatloaf can be put together a day ahead of time then baked the night you plan to eat it. For leftovers, I recommend heating individual slices on the stove covered, over medium heat. You may need to add a splash of water to the pan to help it steam. For a balanced meal, I served mine with a side of roasted vegetables, but a salad would work too!
So here’s a toast to a balance way to enjoy red meat!
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Just enjoyed the meatloaf! It was moist, delicious and sliced up like a dream. Thank you for the mustard clarification.
I’m so glad you liked it! You’re welcome – it’s always helpful when people ask questions as it’s easy to forget to specify.
Looking forward to trying this recipe! With the dijon mustard are you using whole mustard grains, ground up mustard or mustard in a jar?
Hope you like it! I used coarse dijon mustard from a jar.