Nothin’ fancy. In fact, many people you ask don’t like meatloaf, but our family loves it. Actually, anything that has a tomato based product (ketchup) Michael is all in! This was one of the first meals I cooked that was Lauren friendly, she liked, and would eat. It is a simple recipe because you basically just mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and then transfer to a loaf pan and into the oven. Boil a few Russett potatoes, drain, whip with some chicken broth or a non-dairy milk (I use whichever I have on hand) and mashed potatoes are finished.
Now, don’t forget a green vegetable to go with everything! True story: When Steve and I were in college, my mom came over to take us to dinner one evening and the one rule she had was we had to get a green vegetable to go with whatever we chose to eat off the menu. She wanted to make sure she got one good meal in us because, as most college students did back then, we ate as cheap as possible. Lots of Taco Bell, ramen noodles, and soft drinks filled our bellies. That rule has stuck with me. So, at our house, if there is a food that isn’t your favorite, you must still take some, but it is called a no thank you helping (a smaller portion than normal, but you are being respectful of the person who cooked the meal, and whether you want to admit it or not, you are benefitting from a balanced meal, not leaving out the vegetable because you happen to only like tomato based products 😉 The vegetable rule was my moms. The no thank-you helping I learned from Steve’s cousin, Jan. I thought that was ingenius and adopted it right away. So, we either have english peas, or green beans, or maybe squash and zuccinni.
We had this meal last night before going to the high school football game. We were a little late for kickoff, but our tummies were full of a home-cooked meal and we sat down at the table to eat dinner -together. I think that’s important . So, as much as humanly possible, we do it…and without further ado- Let’s eat!
1 1/2 lbs ground beef 1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 c chopped onions 1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup bell pepper 1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup rice milk (or non-dairy milk)
Mix all ingredients together. Pack into a loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.