| | Steal my Heart Meatloaf

Author / John

Forget the Godiva chocolates and roses nothing says I love you more than this bacon wrapped heart shaped meatloaf.  Treat the one you love, lust or yourself to this Valentine’s comfort food; it’s easy to make and sure to warm their heart.

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This meatloaf is wrapped in a nice cozy blanket of bacon which seals in the juices and flavor making for a moist and satiating main course. Choose your favorite sides; I went with mashed potatoes and spinach sauteed in olive oil and garlic. Serve with a side of ketchup or not.

Turn down the lights, put on the Barry White and kick back and enjoy. On second thought guys — the chocolates and roses would be a nice gesture and probably get you a few brownie points on Valentine’s day.  Just sayin’. . .

Recipe & Ingredients

1 lb grass fed ground beef
1 lb pastured pork
2 tbs coconut oil or butter
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic diced
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 white wine
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon gelatin
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
ketchup (optional)
Serves:  2


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine ground beef and pork in a large bowl. Set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or butter in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Saute the onion, garlic, carrots, celery and bell pepper until just tender (6 to 8 minutes).  Add the white wine and simmer briskly until wine evaporates, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

In a small bowl slightly beat the eggs, sprinkle the gelatin over them and let stand for 5 minutes.  Add the vegetables, egg mixture and salt and pepper to the meat. Stir gently with your hands until just combined.  Do not over mix.

Photo Feb 04, 7 10 48 PMShape into a large heart

Photo Feb 04, 7 18 38 PMLayer with overlapping crosswise strips of baking covering the meat as much as possible. Trim the ends, leaving a 1/2 ” overhang.  Gently tuck the overhang under the meatloaf. Use additional strips, trimmed as necessary, to patch any uncovered areas.

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Dot with ketchup (if desired) and spread gently over the bacon.  Bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until an internal temperature of 160 degrees.  Turn the heat to broil for 3 – 5 minutes to crisp up the bacon.  Watch carefully.  Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.


For more Power Athlete friendly recipes check out my blog Paula Lean Primal Queen!

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


  1. Adi Blackwell on February 10, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Hell yeah!
    Beef, bacon and mash potatoes. Perfect.

  2. Eric Gough on February 10, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I’ve been making a heart shaped meatloaf every year since I got married…over 20 years!

  3. Paula on February 10, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    @ericgough apparently it’s working! Happy Valentine’s day:)

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