So, as some of you may be aware, I love my crockpot. I own multiple and I use them regularly for everything from roasted almonds to peach cobble to the more traditional soups and entree’s. This Slow-Cooker Surprise Meatloaf is one of our go-to’s for a quick easy meal. I like it because it is easy and sneaks in a few extra veggies (Surprise #1) into our day. My family likes it because it has a layer of ooey, gooey cheese (Surprise #2) in it. I say Win-Win!


Slow-Cooker Surprise Meatloaf

2 pounds 93% lean ground beef (or 1 pound ground turkey or ground pork with 1 pound ground beef)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup Quick or Old-Fashioned oats
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup chopped onion
1 tsp black pepper
1 T. garlic
½ tsp Lawry’s seasoning salt
1 ½ cup mozzarella or cheddar cheese, shredded
½ cup ketchup
1 tsp prepared mustard
¼ c. brown sugar

All you do:
1. Begin by chopping veggies. I like to use my food processor to make them extra fine – that way my family doesn’t grumble about carrots in their meatloaf :).

Slow-Cooker Surprise Meatloaf

2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, eggs and oats. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

Slow-Cooker Surprise Meatloaf
3. Pat ½ mixture into a 4-qt slow cooker. Layer cheese on top.

Slow-Cooker Surprise Meatloaf

4. Pat the remaining meat mixture on top of the cheese layer.

Slow-Cooker Surprise Meatloaf
5. In a small bowl, mix ketchup, mustard and brown sugar. Pour on top of meatloaf.

Slow-Cooker Surprise Meatloaf
6. Cook on High for 3 ½ -4 hours (or until thermometer reaches 165⁰F) or on Low for 5-6 hours. Drain.
7. Slice and Enjoy!


Shannon Frink

Shannon Frink is a registered dietitian and busy mom of two active boys. She knows the challenges of being a professional mom with the need to get a healthy, wholesome meal on the table – Quick! Shannon is the registered dietitian at Mary Lanning Heathcare Wellness department, where she has the unique opportunity to assist busy employees and community members to make healthy lifestyle choices! Shannon is Certified in Adult Weight Management by the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and is an active member of the Nebraska Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and the Central Nebraska District Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition, as well as, a volunteer in the community. Shannon enjoys following her kids many activities, camping, biking, skiing with her family, trying new recipes, and participating in fitness classes and leagues.