I’ve been sneaking veggies into my kids’ meals since they were born. Here’s one example of that with broccoli. Other notes ahead of time…get yourself a meat grinder. Grinding your own meat means that you know how many animals went into your ground meat.
Hidden Veggie Meatloaf
2 lbs. 80/20 ground beef
3 cups dried bread crumbs
1 onion – diced yellow onion
3/4 cup milk
4 large eggs
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
1 cup Italian herb mix
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. salt
2 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. ground black pepper
2 cups – broccoli (minced…put it through your meat grinder or food processor and get them small enough so your kids don’t recognize it.)
That Yummy Sauce
¾ cup ketchup
4 tbsp. packed light brown sugar
2 tbsp. vinegar
- Mix the meat, bread crumbs, onions, milk, eggs, Worcestershire, Italian herbs, sugar, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and broccoli in a bowl. Let it rest so the bread absorbs all the flavors. So about 2 hours in the refrigerator.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add the meat mix into a bread loaf pan. Press it down to make sure there are no air bubbles. If you’re worried about it sticking to the pan, add a layer of parchment at the bottom of the pan.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- While the meatloaf is baking, make that yummy sauce.
- Add the sauce ingredients together and mix well.
- After 40 minutes, take the meatloaf out and pour the yummy sauce on top and spread evenly. Put it back in the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Use your thermometer and make sure it at least hits past 165 degrees. I’m pretty sure it will.
- Don’t have breadcrumbs? Take out those bread ends that nobody eats and put them through your food processor.
- Put your onions through the meat grinder.
- Try other veggies. Broccoli was well hidden. Carrot works too.