Classic Meat Loaf

Meat loaf is a great comfort food and leftovers can be used to make a great sandwich. The wheat germ used in this recipe adds moistness and is packed with vitamins.


1 1/4 lbs. of lean ground beef
1 large egg beaten
6 soda crackers crumbled
1/2 cup of toasted wheat germ
1 – 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
2 tablespoons of dried minced onion flakes
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of BBQ sauce or Ketchup


In a large bowl add all ingredients except for BBQ sauce or Ketchup. Using your hands mix ingredient very well and mold into a loaf that will resemble a loaf of bread and place on a baking sheet lined with foil or coated with non-stick cooking spray. Drizzle BBQ sauce or Ketchup over the top and bake uncovered at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. Remove meatloaf from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cut into one inch slices.

Suggested Side Dish

Try Iva’s New Potatoes and Baked Glazed Carrots.

Suggested Beverage

Try a Chardonnay, because the cinnamon adds a hint of sweetness to the meatloaf and the chosen side dishes will pair nicely with a Chardonnay.  Try Goats do Roam White Wine (South Africa), Greg Norman Chardonnay (Eden Valley, Australian Estates), Solaire Chardonnay by Robert Mondavi (Santa Lucia Highlands), Saint Arnold Brown Ale (Houston, TX), Samuel Adams® Old Fezziwig Ale (Boston MA) or Bass Pale Ale (England).

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