Veggie stuffed meatloaf is the best meatloaf I’ve ever eaten; it is serious comfort food! Ground pork and beef meatloaf stuffed with spinach, onions, and cheese, then topped with barbecue sauce, tomatoes, and more cheese! Serve it for a hearty weeknight dinner or a special Sunday supper. Either way, this stuffed meatloaf recipe is a delicious, family favorite meal!!
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CONFESSION: I seriously need to consider changing my all or nothing lifestyle. It brings a lot of negativity along with it. See, I’m the sort of girl who doesn’t feel like doing dishes a few at a time. Instead, I wait to wash them until the sink is filled with dirty dishes, balancing precariously like Jenga blocks. On the flip side, when I do clean, I go crazy, spending an extra 2 hours scrubbing every surface in the kitchen with a toothbrush, simply because I suddenly had the urge to deep clean.
Like I said, it’s all or nothing with me.
Just like today’s veggie stuffed meatloaf recipe. It’s loaded with everything, because you should over stuff meat loaf, or just not stuff it at all. 😉Veggie Stuffed Meatloaf - because you should over stuff meat loaf, or just not stuff it at all.Click To Tweet
Some history on why I created this veggie stuffed meatloaf recipe…
A couple of months ago, I sat on the couch, Lay’s Wavy Chips in one hand and a bowl of clams casino dip in the other. I was wearing my “fattie” t-shirt – the one that’s 2 sizes too big (on purpose). Oh, and I had on a pair of black stretchy pants, because black is slimming, right?
So anyway, I looked at Brian, completely oblivious to the big gob of dip running down my chin, and announced that I was hell bent on losing 40 pounds. Right then and there, I would be starting yet another diet and exercise plan. Brian rolled his eyes and made this weird groaning noise. His facial expression clearly indicated that he had heard that story at least 200 times during the course of our relationship. Whatever, Hasome… THIS TIME I would be a girl of my word!
The very next day, I bolted out of bed, ready to commit! OK, that is not entirely true… I didn’t exactly BOLT – I fell out while reaching to turn off the alarm clock. Anyway, I made myself a protein smoothie and dashed out the door, ready to walk no less than 10,000 steps. That’s what my doctor recommended, so dang it, that’s what I would be walking!
Unfortunately, my doctor failed to ask a critical pre-exercise regimen question. He assumed that I had been exercising routinely at least a couple of times a week. I didn’t want to let on that the last time I had seriously exercised was when Richard Simmons released his first “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” video. Nevertheless, I nodded affirmatively to every question he asked.
“Have you ever run a half marathon?”
Umm…I suddenly remembered the time I dashed through the Dairy Queen parking lot and knocked over a couple of toddlers in my attempt to get a 12-for-10 special on Dilly Bars. That was a half marathon…or at least it felt like one.
“Yup”, I answered. “I’ve got stamina that lasts for days, Doc. Let’s do this.”
Apparently, without a proper warm up, stamina that lasts for days poops out after two hundred steps. Who knew?
I decided then and there that I didn’t need to exercise if it was going to cause so much discomfort. I would just eat all things “in moderation” and everything would be fine. Oh crap…my all or nothing mentality didn’t comprehend the eating in moderation plan. I stuffed down a sleeve of Oreos and called it a day.
Speaking of stuffed, I hit a complete home run in the kitchen with this veggie stuffed meatloaf recipe. It truly is the best meatloaf I’ve ever had!
There’s a layer of BBQ sauce, diced tomatoes, and cheddar cheese on top. Definitely worth feeding to your stomach. But it gets better – Watch this quick video and you will see the veggies that are stuffed inside of the meatloaf!
Is this comfort food meal over-the-top? I don’t think so. One bite and I’m pretty confident you’ll agree that sometimes, going all the way is just plain yummi!
If this veggie stuffed meatloaf recipe is too much indulgence for you to handle, try my recipe for slow cooker low carb meatloaf.
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Over Stuffed Meatloaf
This meat loaf is stuffed inside and out with so many great ingredients, it could be a meal in and of itself!
- FOR THE MEAT LOAF
- 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin, 85% lean
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, divided
- 1/3 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- FOR THE FILLING
- 1/2 cup fresh baby spinach, cleaned and chopped, stems removed
- 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) provolone cheese, shredded
- FOR THE TOPPING
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
- 1/2 cup plum or Roma tomato, seeded and diced
- 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F (350 F convection)
- Spray bottom and sides of a standard sized loaf pan lightly with non-stick cooking spray
- In a large bowl, add beef, pork, egg, bread crumbs, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and spices. Use a wooden spoon or your hands to mix until ingredients are well incorporated. Press half of mixture into bottom of prepared pan.
- Spread spinach, onion, and shredded Provolone evenly over meat mixture in pan.
- Press remaining beef mixture evenly into pan on top of filling.
- Use a small spatula or back of spoon to spread BBQ sauce evenly over top of meat mixture. Sprinkle diced tomato and cheddar cheese evenly over top of sauce.
- Bake at 375 F for 55-65 minutes, until a meat thermometer reads 153 degrees F. Remove from oven and let loaf rest 10-15 minutes before removing from pan to slice and serve.
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Here are some other “stuffed” recipes that I love:
Taco Stuffed Peppers, from Wine & Glue.
French Onion Soup au Gratin Stuffed Meatballs, from Cupcakes & Kale Chips.
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, from Cookin’ Canuck.
Southwest Taco Stuffed Spaghetti Squash, from Nutmeg Nanny.