Tuesday, July 30, 2013

MANly Morning Meatloaf #Egg-Free

Queue the 2 & 1/2 Men theme song, because this is THE manly-est (!) breakfast meatloaf you will ever see (men, men, men, men, manly-men-men-me, oooooooooooooo...).  I am always looking for egg-free breakfasts (like here), that aren't sugary and carbo-loaded (like here).  When I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest, I just knew I had to try it!  If you've been here before, you know that my hubby has a SLEW of food allergies and food intolerances.  I needed a manly breakfast to feed him on his way out the door; something that would keep him fueled all day long.

Manly Morning Meatloaf recipe at

Breakfast is the trickiest meal to balance out when eggs are out of the question.  Often times, S just has coffee in the morning before work.  His works looong 12 hour days, most of which he's not stopping to eat lunch, resulting in him arriving home like a Tazmanian Devil searching for supper.  I know, I know....not good.  Let's all publicly shame him now......bad S!

Manly Morning Meatloaf recipe at

Originally the recipe called for pork breakfast sausage to me mixed into the loaf....I substituted crumbled bacon instead and added fennel seeds to achieve the sausage flavor.  I know it seems like a LOT of bacon on the blog lately, but it's really only 1 pound that's been stretched to make this, the wilted salad &  salad dressing, and the apple-bacon sliders.  .

Manly Morning Meatloaf recipe at

I made this ahead of time (without a loaf pan available in my summer rental house, hence the foil cozy/boat thingy) by roughly chopping and sauteing some veggies, folding them into the meat, then I shaped and baked it.  Paired with some fresh fruit, (and "glazed" with additional hot sauce) it was the ideal breakfast for S to start his day. He then coined the term Manly-Meatloaf, and so it was set in stone.  

Manly Morning Meatloaf recipe at

Because this is an egg-free, and grain-free recipe it gets a little crumbly when slicing - for there aren't and binding ingredients.  Let's just consider those crumbles independent toppings!  It reheats well - I browned slices in a small pan to reheat them.

Manly Morning Meatloaf recipe at

I enjoyed mine for brunch, with a few scrambled eggs and a tangerine, it was a perfect protein-packed meal.  

MANly Morning Meatloaf adapted from,
makes 5 servings

1 pound lean ground beef
1 small zucchini, diced
8 oz mushrooms, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 cup cooked bacon, crumbled
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp grape seed oil, or cooking oil of choice
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp fennel seeds
2 tsp basil, dried
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1/2 tsp ground pepper, divided
1 TBS Frank's Red Hot

In a large saute pan, heat the grape seed oil over medium-high heat.  When the oil starts to ripple add in the chopped onions, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp of pepper.  Cook until the onions are softened and just becoming translucent, about 2-3 minutes.  Add in the mushrooms and zucchini and continue to cook so that the mushrooms and zucchini start to release their juices; stir and cook until all the juices have been cooked off and the veggies are slightly browned, for about 4- 5 minutes.  Transfer veggies into a large mixing bowl to cool, set aside.

Once the veggies have cooled preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 

Add the spices to the veggie mix, along with the remaining salt and pepper, crumbled bacon, and hot sauce; mix well.  Crumble in the ground beef, breaking it up as you add it into the mixing bowl.  Gently fold it into the veggie mix; gently toss to incorporate the veggies and the meat.  Once blended, press the mixture into a large loaf pan, or shape into a loaf on a foil lined sheet pan.  Press any of the loose veggies left in the mixing bowl onto the top of the loaf. 

Bake for 60-65 minutes, until the meat is cooked through, and the center reads 160 degrees.  Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes (this makes slicing it easier).

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  1. holy cow kim! its Alison (gil) from warwick ri, this recipe looks amazing. I was just forwarding this recipe to a manly friend of mine who needs to eat breakfast and was so pleasantly surprised to see your face in the sidebar. good job girly!

    1. Ha! Small world, right? Thanks so much Alison :) Heading over to check out your blogs now.

  2. Well, this just looks awesome. My husband would LOVE it! Perfect excuse for meatloaf in the morning. Bless you for sharing! :)

  3. Great! Thanks Kim!!!! (<----sarcastic tone) Now thanks to you my hubs is going to want to have this every weekend!!! really looks delicious and he is the #1 meatloaf fan in the world so he will be thrilled to have this one for breakfast! awesome recipe girl! Pinning for sure!

  4. Forget the guys.... I want this for me! Found you over at Tuesday's Table. I am co-hosting Tasty Tuesdays this week and would love for you to link up this recipe.
    Lori’s Culinary Creations

  5. This looks amazing! I love all the vegetables and know my entire family would enjoy this. Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  6. What a great idea! There will be pinnage! Have a great week :)

  7. Kim! Look at that; whoa! :) I'm 50/50 happy & sad that you guys didn't call it man loaf! lol. Hahaha. But really, I just wanted to let you know to be on the lookout for this post featuring on my G+ like RIGHT NOW! Cheers for sharing with us!

  8. Looks wonderful, I will be making a standard turkey loaf tonight!

  9. Thanks for this! I am always trying to find breakfast that isn't carby (totally a word) for my husband. Bonus: meatloaf for breakfast will blow my son's mind. And that's just a fun thing to do.

    Thank you for linking w/ See Ya in the Gumbo!

  10. oh my goodness these look so good! My husband would love this every morning of the week! ;) He really would! I'm Deanna one of the co-hosts from Tasty Tuesday. Thank you for linking up. I'm your newest Bloglovin and google plus follower. I'd love follow backs if you are interested.
    Have a great day!

  11. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  12. My manly man's favorite meal! He would eat it cold for breakfast. I saw you linking at the Thursday Favorite Things and stopped by to say hello!

  13. I love meatloaf but have never thought of it for breakfast! Looks yummy. Glad you found something that works for your hubby! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!

  14. OH HECK YES! I loveeeee meat like this for breakfast- keeps you full for ages and it's AMAZINGLY delicious!

  15. Hi Kim
    Wow, this looks great. thank your for sharing your post at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

    Angel @

  16. Thanks for this - I have a huge fear of making meatloaf as it's one of my husband's specialties, and I have never made it before as we don't even have meatloaf in England (where I grew up!) This recipes looks delicious! Thanks for linking up with us at Tasty Tuesdays this week! Ruth x

  17. Wow! Look at all the veggies! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #25!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

  18. Yummy looking meatloaf! I love your food blog & just bookmarked it for the future explore. Will try with your recipe soon!



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