Today, for the 4th of July, I’d like to share a recipe Dustin and I always enjoy: Meatloaf!

Meatloaf recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I know, I know…it sounds kind of boring…at first. But, this meatloaf is hearty, easy and oh so delicious. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll be craving it all the time. Trust me.

You may notice some similarities between this Meatloaf recipe and my Italian Meatballs recipe I’ve posted on the blog. Though the ingredients are quite similar, the preparation and sauce for the meatloaf leave it tasting completely different.

I think the flavor combination of the parmesan, fresh parsley, almond meal and ground beef in the meatloaf is just divine. Plus, the tangy, but sweet, glaze complements the meatloaf perfectly. Yum!

Meatloaf recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

We like to have this meatloaf with some Garlic Parmesan Green Beans and cottage fries.  Oh my goodness, so tasty.

This is definitely a meal that will leave you completely satisfied.

Meatloaf recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

If you’ve been around a bit, you are totally awesome! you probably read last week that Dustin and I started a new high protein, low carbohydrate diet to lose some baby fat.  So, this time, I tried making a Gluten-Free Meatloaf by omitting the breadcrumbs.

Meatloaf recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

The result was really good — not as good as the original as the breadcrumbs really hold it together well and absorb the moisture, but still tasty.


Happy 4th!!

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If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think by leaving a comment and rating it. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #asweetpeachef on Instagram! I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Enjoy!

5 from 1 vote
Meatloaf Square Recipe Preview Image
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
This meatloaf recipe is hearty, easy and oh so delicious. Once you've tried it, you'll be craving it all the time. Trust me.
Categories: Easy Dinner
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: best meatloaf recipe, best meatloaf recipes, clean eating meatloaf
Servings: 6
Calories: 334 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef
For the meatloaf:
  • 1 lb 85/15 ground beef
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese omit if going dairy-free
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 1/2 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place the ground beef, almond meal, parsley, parmesan, salt, pepper, and egg in a bowl. Combine very lightly with a fork.

  3. Transfer mixture to a 9-inch X 5-inch loaf pan.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, dry mustard and coconut sugar for the glaze. Pour the glaze over meatloaf and spread evenly.

  5. Bake until meatloaf reaches 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 1 hour. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 175
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.4g30%
Saturated Fat 7.8g39%
Cholesterol 86.7mg29%
Sodium 263.7mg11%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5.5g6%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 250IU5%
Vitamin C 3.3mg4%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

21 thoughts on “Meatloaf

  1. OMG!!! I tried the meatloaf and the parmesan green beans they were delish!!! I will never go back to can green beans. Thanks for all the recipe’s

  2. Found this recipe on Pinterest. We’re about to have a very American meal here in Korea–complete with mashed potatoes and green beans! Yum! Thanks!

  3. My husband wasn’t thrilled when I told him I wanted to try this recipe, since he’s never been a fan of meatloaf. Tonight when I pulled it from the oven, he came downstairs and said that the smell of it’d had his mouth had been watering for the past 15 minutes! He took one bite and said it was the BEST meatloaf he’d ever tasted. I have an easy new go-to dinner now–it was delightful, thank you!

  4. Tried this recipe tonight and it was to die for. I wasn’t able to include nutmeg because I did not have any on hand but it was still delicious. I would love to have more of the ketchup glaze mixture to eat with the rest of the meatloaf because it was so tasty! Thank you, this is definitely the best recipe for meatloaf I have tried.

  5. Just finished making the meatloaf recipe.
    Sounds amazing can’t wait to try it.
    One typo, the worcheshire sauce is listed in the ingredients, but missed from where to put it in the directions. I realized this after everthing was put together so I just put a few drops over top before the glaze was added.
    If you can fix that in the details that would be great.

  6. I just have to say I have enjoyed following your recipes… I’ve been reading for about a week. Tonight I saw your measuring spoons and had to comment! My mom has the exact same ones. I think the five kids in our family all teethed on them and so did all our children! 🙂

  7. I must start by saying I’m not a huge fan of meatloaf, but my husband is, so I’m always looking for a recipe he might like. I took a little nibble when it came out of the oven and mmmmmmmmm, OMG, delish :-).

    Even my 15 month old daughter, who is incredibly picky, enhaled it.

    I made it exactly as written (except I used pork and beef mix, since that’s what I had on hand). Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. I’m learning more about the different types of flours one can use instead of regular flour. I will definitely have to try the almond flour — I think that would have really helped keep the meatloaf more “normal.” Thanks for sharing, Carrie!

  8. Who doesn’t love a good meatloaf? I have been on a quest to find the best one, I think that it isn’t the easy recipe that everyone thinks it is. Yours sounds very good and I will enjoy trying your recipe. Thanks!

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