Dinner time can also become a time of negotiations over what your toddler or child will eat. I decided no more negotiating. I will do what all good mommies do. I lie and hide the veggies. Here is a simple recipe to hide some veggies in your meatloaf.


  • 2 lbs of ground beef
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs ( I use Italian bread crumbs)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 cup and 1 Tbs of beef broth
  • 1/4 cup of worcestershire
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 Tbs dry onion
  • 1/2 Tbs dry garlic
  • 1/2 Tbs sea salt
  • 1 Tbs of paprika
  • 1 Tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano

Sauce ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce ( brown sugar is the one I use)
  • 1Tbs of honey
  • 3 dashes of Worcestershire
  • 3 Tbs of ketchup

First things first, you want to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

While your oven is preheating dice your onion, red pepper and your garlic.

Next place your olive oil in the pan and heat at medium.

Once your oil is heated. Add your veggies.

Stir fry until your onions are translucent and your peppers are softened. You want to make sure you really cook down your vegetables.

Once the vegetables have softened place them in a food processor or blender. Blend completely. This is important because you want to hide those veggies when you combine with the meat.

Set the mixture aside. In a small bowl mix bread crumbs, beef broth, And egg

Once combined mix in the Worcestershire.

Grab a big bowl and take your bread crumb mixture and add it to your meat.

Next add the vegetables mixture. The color may be bright. Don’t worry it will mix in with your meat well.

After everything is combined. Add your spices.

Place in your baking dish and set aside. Now it’s time to make your sauce for the top. In a small bowl combine the BBQ sauce, Worcestershire, honey and ketchup.

Add your sauce on top of your meatloaf. Place in the oven for 45 minutes .

Take your meatloaf out and rest for 5 minutes before serving. This recipe can feed a family of 6. Makes for great sandwich left over as well. Take a slice warm it, place on toast with mayo and arugula. Enjoy!

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