Wednesday, November 29, 2023


I’ve been sneaking veggies into my kids’ meals since they were born. Here’s one example of that with broccoli. Other notes ahead of time…get yourself a meat grinder. Grinding your own meat means that you know how many animals went into your ground meat.

Hidden Veggie Meatloaf


2 lbs. 80/20 ground beef
3 cups dried bread crumbs
1 onion – diced yellow onion
3/4 cup milk
4 large eggs
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
1 cup Italian herb mix
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. salt
2 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. ground black pepper
2 cups – broccoli (minced…put it through your meat grinder or food processor and get them small enough so your kids don’t recognize it.)

That Yummy Sauce

¾ cup ketchup
4 tbsp. packed light brown sugar
2 tbsp. vinegar


  1. Mix the meat, bread crumbs, onions, milk, eggs, Worcestershire, Italian herbs, sugar, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and broccoli in a bowl. Let it rest so the bread absorbs all the flavors. So about 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Add the meat mix into a bread loaf pan. Press it down to make sure there are no air bubbles. If you’re worried about it sticking to the pan, add a layer of parchment at the bottom of the pan.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes.
  5. While the meatloaf is baking, make that yummy sauce.
  6. Add the sauce ingredients together and mix well.
  7. After 40 minutes, take the meatloaf out and pour the yummy sauce on top and spread evenly. Put it back in the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
  8. Use your thermometer and make sure it at least hits past 165 degrees. I’m pretty sure it will.
You can’t spot the broccoli!


  • Don’t have breadcrumbs? Take out those bread ends that nobody eats and put them through your food processor.
  • Put your onions through the meat grinder.
  • Try other veggies. Broccoli was well hidden. Carrot works too.
Edel Alon
Edel Alon
Edel-Ryan Alon is a starving musician, failed artist, connoisseur of fine foods, aspiring entrepreneur, husband, father of two, geek by day, cook by night, and an all around great guy.


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