Why, yes, I am recycling my blog posts. Thanks for noticing.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Don’t you love Valentine’s Day? That’s okay — no one else does, either. But it’s wrong to let a holiday pass without notice, so here’s a way to celebrate without being too, you know, celebratory. This recipe originally came from Cooking Light. However, the heart-shaped bit is my own special twist. (My friends tell me I’m very creative.)

Heart-Shaped Meatloaf

  • 3/4 cup ketchup, divided
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground round
  • Cooking spray

Combine 1/2 cup ketchup, oats, onion, parsley, brown sugar, salt, pepper and egg whites in a large bowl. Add meat; stir just until blended. Shape meat mixture into a heart on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Brush 1/4 cup ketchup over meat loaf. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.