Everyone Loves Meatloaf

Meet one of my clients Laura! I adore this woman and am so glad to have her in my life. She is working so hard at making her new healthy lifestyle permanent and I couldn’t be happier.



Hello Dumbbellhousewife community!

I was so excited when Amie asked me to share some of the recipes we have been using on our new lifestyle.  As you know, one of the most difficult things about eating healthy, is transitioning your kids from the old way to the new.  Dinner time is one of the only times my family has together during our busy day.  My goal has always been to make it a time where we come together and enjoy one another, and our meal.   I have one really picky eater and so meal time can sometimes be really frustrating and discouraging.  Who likes to go through all the trouble of making a meal if no one eats it.  I also, like many moms don’t like to fix two separate meals, one for the kids, one for us.  Who has time for that?

Over the past two months I have been searching for some kid approved meals that I can serve my family.  Here are a couple of the recipes that we have tried that have worked for us.

My Great Grandmas Meatloaf–   This is my great grandmas recipe I have had for years.   It has always been a family favorite.

This recipe is loaded with veggies.  I actually think it should be called a veggie loaf instead.  It’s super moist and tastes delish with a side of red potatoes and steamed broccoli or my picky eaters favorite vegetable Brussel sprouts (ironic I know).  It is not as firm as some more traditional meatloaf.  Definitely more moist and I love the flavors!

Here is a picture of all the veggie goodness…

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Recipe for Grandma’s Meatloaf

1 lb-1 ½ lb lean ground beef or turkey

1 cup oats (steel cut or regular oats are fine)

3-5 large carrots

3-5 stalks of celery

1 large onion (red or yellow)

2 tsp Worchestershire sauce

½ cup ketchup


If you like your meatloaf to hold together you can add an egg.  I don’t usually add one.

I also threw in a couple small fresh tomatoes from my garden

Preheat oven to 350

Shred your carrots, celery, and onions into a large bowl.  Add oats, Worchestershire sauce and ketchup, mix together.  Then add your meat.  I use my hands to mix it really well.  After it is mixed well, place it in a bread pan slightly greased.  I drizzle a little more ketchup on top, but you could do it without.  Cook in the oven for approx. 1 hour.  Check with a meat thermometer the inside temperature should be 160.  It’s hard to tell if it’s done because of the ketchup.   My kids love this meal.

The best part is you can buy the economy 5lb pack of hamburger and 5x the recipe.  It freezes beautifully, which is awesome for busy moms to have a few healthy meals ready to go in your freezer.

No Bake Carrot Cake Protien Balls

My kids loved these as an afternoon snack.  I thought they were really tasty.


3 cups pureed carrots-equals about 12 large carrots

¼ cup Slivered almonds(walnuts, or pecans would work as well)

1 cup Ground flax seed ( you could do oat, or flour)

2 tbsp agave or honey

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/8 tsp Cloves

1/8 tsp Ginger

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

You could put dates or raisins (I don’t date- I’m married:).  I don’t like dates to much, so I opted not.

Just mix it together and form into balls and then roll them in unsweetened coconut if you like- I like!

One is totally filling. It tastes a lot like apple pie/carrot cake. Next time I might even add some oatmeal for some additional texture.

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I have loved eating leaner, cleaner, and healthier!  I am  looking at my food choices as permanent changes for a healthier me .   I am trying to find recipes I love and would be ok transitioning to forever, not just till I reach my goals.  Living healthier is my goal, and a major priority for me is finding food that my family loves and enjoys as well!  Well I hope these give you a couple ideas for your picky eaters- enjoy- Laura


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