#whatsfordinner Simple Meatloaf and Featured Recipe: Quinoa-Chicken Meatballs With Garlicky Greens | Food 52

Making a meat mixture that is perfect to patty, turn into a loaf, roll into balls, and more, is a staple in our week of dinner planning.

The basic recipe involves a pound of ground beef, turkey or chicken combined with half of a cup of gluten-free oats, our favorite gluten-free panko, or totally Keto White Sandwich Bread crumbs we make from the ends of a loaf each week. Then, we add a few tablespoons of salt and pepper, melted butter, plus a couple tablespoons of organic tomato paste and an egg. Beyond that, it’s seasoned according to meal.

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Simple Meatloaf

The basics of a seasoned meat mixture can be baked in a weeknight loaf like this in a matter of minutes. Or it can be the basis of any recipe calling for meatballs (with a few additional ingredients, depending on the dish).
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Resting time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten-free, Keto
Servings: 5 Slices
Author: Jamie P


  • 1 Pound Ground meat Beef, turkey or chicken
  • 2 Tablespoons Sea Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Coarse-ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Gluten-free, or Keto Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter melted
  • 1 Cage-free Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Tomato Paste


  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients together until thoroughly combined and egg is fully blended into meat.
  • Shape meat into loaf pan and adjust meat to peak slightly above pan edges. Shorten loaf within pan, if needed to achieve height.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before cutting in generous slices and serving.

If it’s Spaghetti (or zoodles) and farm-fresh tomato sauce, we’ll add 2 tablespoons of basil, thyme and oregano, plus fresh chopped garlic. When we are making Greek gyros, we add a little mint, cumin and diced red onion for more of a Mediterranean flare. Special meals such as Christmas Norwegian meatballs involve nutmeg, cinnamon and cream (and leave out the tomato paste).

When we are barbecuing straight burgers, the additional seasoning is decided by taste: blue-cheese and bacon burgers, or portobello, yellow onion and Swiss is popular, too.

When we discovered this recipe with quinoa (and starting from chicken thighs), it was an adventure we couldn’t pass up.

We agree using quinoa instead of bread crumbs creates an extra-crispy crust. — Read on food52.com/recipes/82594-chicken-quinoa-meatballs-with-greens-recipe

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