Meatloaf with Fresh Sage and Oregano

Fresh herbs from my brother’s
garden (right) inspire me to cook. I snap photos as I begin to prepare meatloaf with fresh sage and oregano. Here is a list of  ingredients:

2 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup cooked brown rice (or white)
3/4 cup finely chopped onion (less if you like)
1/4 c chopped garlic (or as many cloves as you like)
15 -25 fresh sage leaves or more, chopped
30-60 fresh oregano leaves or more, chopped
1/4 cup hot sauce or tomato ketchup
2 eggs (cage free, if you ask the chickens)
Salt and Pepper

Meatloaf is a recipe that everyone makes, so if there is anything in this recipe you don’t like, feel free to improve it by replacing it with something you do like. I am using about 2 pounds of 93% lean ground beef, so we won’t clog our arteries, but fatty ground beef tastes much better, so use it if your prefer it. I finely chop one yellow onion which makes about 3/4 cup, and chop a pile of garlic cloves (next to the onions in the photo) amounting to about 1/4 cup. We love garlic, and I firmly believe if you double the garlic, the food will be twice as good, but according to your appreciation of garlic, add more or less, or eliminate it. Fresh sage and oregano I cannot resist showing in their full beauty on the cutting board above before chopping. To the left is a photo after removing the stems and chopping the leaves finely. (They look very green but not really “finely” chopped. I tried.) Please feel free to substitute or add other herbs of your choice. Everything is ready now for action:

Add the onions, garlic, chopped herbs, and 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice, or white rice, to the ground beef and mix. (No instructions here. You know how it’s done. Ha! Messy!) Then add the two eggs and almost 1/4 cup of hot sauce or tomato ketchup. Also, salt and pepper to taste. (I leave out salt because my hubby must limit his salt intake.) Mix again.

After mixing, put the meat into a loaf pan, as shown. Bake in an oven at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour and 2o minutes. I start watching after an hour. Use your own judgment.

Our meatloaf was delicious, fragrant, and rich with flavor from the fresh herbs that went into it.

Thank you for joining me in my cooking frenzy with fresh herbs from Jeffery’s bountiful backyard garden featured in photos below.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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10 Responses to Meatloaf with Fresh Sage and Oregano

  1. buttercup600 says:

    Whoohooo, my dearest darling girlfriend has given me an idea for what to make for dinner, I love meatloaf and yours sounds wonderful!! I have to say my love for garlic is the same as yours and am sure the ketchup makes it nice and juicy! Nothing in this word better than fresh herbs my friend and from what I see in Jeffery’s garden, you have such variety!! I really really enjoyed this new approach of yours, the pictures compliments and make it so interesting!! Am looking forward to see some more cooking 🙂 Now you have made my mouth water and it’s just on lunchtime here!! Love you Carol xxx


  2. buttercup600 says:

    “World” grrrrrrrrrr 🙂 🙂


    • Hello my dearest friend, I read your comment three times looking your misspelled word. Ha! I liked reading it all three times! You are so sweet and kind! My brother Jeffery’s herb garden is huge and he is so kind to share all those fresh herbs with us. I had fun preparing the meatloaf. I’ve never made one before with sage in it. What a deep flavor it was. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your encouraging comment. Blessings to you always, Amanda…xx00


  3. Chloe says:

    I’m not into cooking although, since meeting Amanda (Buttercup), I’ve started to read such posts. I love how you weave humour into the cooking process and approach it with a chatty style. Even for a person who rarely cooks these days, this still makes for a fun read. Thanks xx 😀


    • I also enjoy Amanda’s posts on cooking, also. Her recipes are fabulous. She’s a gourmet cook like my brother and she grows her own herbs, too. I have fun when I post a recipe. My recipes are very simple and really my purpose is to have fun while I’m cooking, snapping photos, and sharing my experience. Thank you for your kind comment. Blessings to you…


  4. Ansley says:

    Made this tonight with sage and oregano from my Brooklyn CSA; my kids — 6 and 4 — loved it, as did a 3 year old neighbor who was outside eating with us in our shared coop garden! Thanks for the recipe (found by way of a google search for “sage and oregano recipe”).



    • How nice of you to leave me a comment on my post from nine months ago on meatloaf with sage and oregano. My brother has an herb garden. He shares his wonderful fresh herbs with me. I’m so glad that my recipe worked for you and that your children enjoyed it with you. Blessings to you, Ansley…


  5. Vera says:

    I’m making this right now! 😉
    I scored some fresh oregano, and was looking to see if it went in meatloaf 😉 Thaks! Smells great 🙂


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