My favorite comfort food? Meatloaf with mashed potatoes, peas and a side salad. The perfect meal to warm up a cold winter day.

Most meatloaf recipes call for a lot of ketchup, which contains sugar and natural flavoring, brown sugar and white bread. This recipe contains fresh vegetables, sprouted-grain bread, organic tomato paste, and local beef. There's nothing special about this recipe, it's just easy to make and a healthy meal to put on your table.

Shopping List:
• 2 Pounds Ground Beef, local if possible
• 2 Pieces of Ezekiel Bread (or other healthy bread that doesn't contain sugar), broken up into small pieces
• 1 Medium onion, diced
• 3 Celery stalks
• 1/4 Cup red pepper, diced
• 4 Cloves of garlic, minced or grated
• 1/2 Cup fresh parsley, chopped
• 2 eggs, whisked, and local if possible
• 1/3 Cup coconut, almond, cow's or goat's milk
• Salt, pepper, & onion powder to taste
• 1 Can organic tomato paste

Glaze (Combine these two ingredients in a small bowl):
• 1 Can organic tomato paste
• 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or more if you'd like your glaze to be a little thinner consistency)
optional: add 1/8 cup of honey to sweeten glaze

Directions: Saute the onion, celery, red pepper, and garlic in a pan with butter and cook until vegetables are soft. Then, combine sauteed vegetables and all the other ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well without overworking. Put mixture into a square, glass baking dish or a loaf pan and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Tipoftheday If you look to the right of this post, under The Locals category, we list several local farms that you can get beef from. If you click on the Local Harvest link you can search for local farms that way, too. Shopping as local as possible for food supports our farmers and local economy, creating jobs and a need for local, healthy food that doesn't have to be preserved, packaged, or shipped.

This recipe can also be made with gluten-free bread for those who are sensitive to gluten.

Lastly, Whole Foods Market has had the best price on Ezekiel Bread, at least for awhile now, saving $2/loaf compared to Kroger's prices.