Here’s a recipe for a hearty meat loaf that is the ultimate soul food for the meat and potato lover. I like to serve my meat loaf with a plate of fluffy mashed potatoes and a colorful medley of roasted vegetables. While this meat loaf is delicious served hot, some say it is even better when it is cold. To make a scrumptious and satisfying sandwich, slice the cold meat loaf into ½ inch slices, place on your favorite whole grain bread, top with lettuce, tomato slices, onions and pickles. Feel free to make a lighter and more low calorie version by substituting ground turkey for the ground beef and 2 egg whites for the whole egg in the recipe. Enjoy!


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ red pepper, finely chopped
  • ½ yellow pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey (dark meat)
  • ¼ cup teriyaki sauce
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper—about 10 grinds
  • ½ cup bread crumbs—ok to use gluten free

Before you begin, you will need a 13” by 9” baking pan, lined on the bottom with aluminum foil. Spray the aluminum foil with Pam to prevent the meat loaf from sticking.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the red and yellow peppers, onion and garlic, and sauté over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes until the onions are softened and translucent. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  3. Place the ground beef in a large bowl and with a fork break up into small pieces.
  4. Add the sautéed peppers, onion and garlic, teriyaki sauce, barbecue sauce, egg, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, freshly ground pepper and mix well.
  5. Add the bread crumbs and combine until the mixture just holds together. You may need to add more bread crumbs as needed to bind the mixture.
  6. Place the meat loaf mixture into the prepared baking pan, shape into an oval of approximately 10” by 3” and place in the preheated oven for one hour.
  7. If desired, brush on some barbecue sauce about 10 minutes before the meat loaf is done to glaze the loaf.
    Makes 4 to 6 servings.