Loving Lately + Tomato Basil Meatloaf

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I’m so excited to share this meatloaf recipe with you guys! But first, I’m wanted to share some things I’ve been loving lately. My energy and mindset the past few weeks has been a little up and down. Despite the downs, it’s been a great month so far. I mean, it’s my birthday month, how could it be bad!? 😉 I’ve been trying to focus on creating routines and environments that truly fulfill me, bring me happiness, and keep me energized and healthy.

Here are some things I’ve been loving lately.

Bullet Journaling

Ohhh my gosh. My overly organized, list making, data-loving self is head over heals in love with my bullet journal. Logging my to-dos, making schedules, setting up my weekly and daily spreads has become a daily habit that I actually look forward to. I’ve been experimenting with some differing layouts using some awesome inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest. While it’s not perfect, and I’m definitely a newb, I love it and it brings me so much joy. And I truly believe it’s helped me stay more focused with work (And the struggle is real. Working from home problems.).


I know what you’re thinking. Amanda, this is nothing new. Why? I know, I know. I used to love Pinterest and have in recent years fell out of interest. Lately though I’ve used it to find some great Whole30 recipes, bullet journal inspiration, home decor, travel ideas, even inspiration for my work. I’m just in awe of the amazing things people have done and it inspires me to try new things and work hard. I’ve been cleaning up my boards a bit lately, so feel free to check me out.


I feel super late to the game here, but I’m loving me some tea right now. We have always had basic teas in the house: green tea, English breakfast, chai, and an herbal tea of some sort. Lately I’ve had a cup or two of tea almost everyday, and I’ve been trying some interesting herbal blends, fruit blends, different green teas with citrus mixed in, and of course, matcha. I’ve been making matcha tea and lattes for a while, but I recently upgraded to some good quality drinking matcha, and it makes the world of difference. Matcha is definitely not something you want to skimp on.


Anyone who really knows me knows I’m a podcast addict. That being said, I do have my usual suspects that I stick to most of the time. My favorite series are Stuff You Missed In History Class and Stuff You Should Know. Both in the same are of interest, but two different storytelling styles. I also loved Serial and S-Town. Very recently my husband suggested Lore to me, because he knows I love creepy, unsettling and even scary stories, especially when it’s non-fiction (mega history buff over here). Each episode is about 20 minutes long and tells stories of “creatures, people and places of our wildest nightmares.” I mean, how can you resist!?


Guys, I’m totally about to finish BBG. I wrote a while ago about how I’ve basically been doing BBG for past few years, but have never actually gotten through the entire 12 weeks in one shebang. Well, it’s happening. This Sunday will be my last day. For some reason, I have enjoyed this round of BBG the most. I started going to the gym in the mornings again, which I’ve resistantly realized is what works the best for me. Working out every day gives me the energy I need to be at the level of productivity I expect for myself, and it just feels good. I think the BBG program is amazing, and I’m so glad that I stuck it. What’s happening now that I’m done? You’ll see. More to come on that soon.

But now, let’s talk about meatloaf!

Tomato Basil Meatloaf

When I hear the words meatloaf, I immediately think of Ina Garten’s 1770 House Meatloaf with Garlic Sauce. It was the go-to meatloaf recipe when I lived with my parents, and it is the best ever. It also makes me think of cold days and snuggling up inside to a hearty meal. This meatloaf is nothing like Ina’s, but it is no less delicious! If summer had a meatloaf, this would be it.

The fresh basil really brings it to life, and the tomato paste in and on top of the meatloaf gives it the perfect sweet and sticky flavor. It’s super easy and comes together surprisingly fast. Added bonus: it’s healthy, affordable and Whole30! What’s not to love? Let me know if you try it! I’d love to hear what you think.


Serves: 6
Total time: 45 minutes

A delicious, summery meatloaf everyone will love. Fresh basil and tomato paste gives this meatloaf an awesomely deep flavor, it’s hard not to eat it all at once. But if you do, it’s okay. It’s super healthy and completely Whole30. Hooray!

  • Ingredients

    3 cloves garlic, minced
    ½ large onion, diced
    30g ground almonds
    600g lean ground beef (1 ⅓ pounds)
    1 egg
    3 Tbsp tomato paste
    2 Tbsp fresh chopped basil
    1 tsp salt
    Freshly ground pepper, to taste

    tomato basil topping
    1 Tbsp fresh chopped basil
    2 Tbsp tomato paste
    1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
    ¼ cup chopped tomatoes
    Salt, to taste

  • Make it

    Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.

    Add all the ingredients for the meatloaf to a large bowl. Mix everything together thoroughly, but don’t over mix it. I like to use one hand so that I can make sure everything is mixed really well without beating it to death. Dump the meatloaf onto your foil-lined baking sheet, and pat it out into a loaf shape. Make sure it’s an even thickness and not lumpy so that it cooks evenly.

    Give your hands a good scrub, and then mix all the ingredients for the tomato basil topping in a small bowl. It should be kind of thick, so if it seems runny, add a little more tomato paste. Spread the topping over the meatloaf using a spoon. Again, make sure it’s evenly spread. Pop your meatloaf into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.

    Once done, let it cool for a few minutes before you cut into it. Serve warm with potatoes or cauliflower puree and garnished with more fresh basil!

This recipe is inspired by Little Bits of Real Food.

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