When I was meal planning for Nathan’s test week, I knew that wholesome, hearty, comfort foods would be just what we needed. A cold front came in mid-week, dropping temperatures into the 20s and 30s, which further fueled my craving for hot and filling meals. With that in mind, I browsed my Pinterest boards and flipped through this cookbook – courtesy of Grandma Lundy – for some inspiration:
So many of the recipes in that cookbook look delicious, and they all look totally doable. Each one can be prepped and cooked in 30 minutes or less, which is a huge help with our busy schedules.
When I flipped to a recipe for meatloaf, I immediately put it down on our menu. While I don’t have fond memories of meatloaf (in fact, I think I’ve mostly had it in cafeterias as a kid…), the picture made it look too good to pass up and totally perfect for this week.
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 1/2 cup Bisquick mix (original)
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Mix ketchup & brown sugar in small bowl; set aside half for topping
- In large bowl, mix remaining ingredients and stir in ketchup mixture
- Spray a 13X9-inch baking dish and place mixture into pan
- Shape meat into a 12X4-inch log
- Slice long-ways once and short-ways 5 times to create 12 mini loaves
- Separate loaves so no edges touch
- Brush with remaining ketchup mixture
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until insides are no longer pink
We had ours with some garlic cheddar mashed potatoes and mixed veggies. This was comfort food at its best and hot out of the oven, too!
I have officially become a fan of meatloaf after making this. I think I may even start craving it regularly enough to put it in our rotation! Nate and I were saying how good this could be on a Hawaiian bun, like a little meatloaf slider… I see good things in the future for this recipe 🙂
In other news…
My mom came to visit on Tuesday! I had the day off work for Veteran’s Day and she came up for lunch and some Christmas decoration shopping. We went to Michael’s and got great deals. Now I’ve got all of our stuff ready for later this month when it comes time to decorate the house! Although I may have already snuck a seasonal centerpiece in the living room…
Mom also came bearing gifts of the edible variety – donuts from home! They are my favorite thing we’ve stored in this container yet:
Nathan and I each enjoyed one for breakfast the very next day…Mom’s visits have a way of making us smile hours after she’s gone 🙂 (And not just for the sweet breakfast, promise!)
Hope each of you are staying warm if the cold front has come your way too!
What are some of the foods that you remember from cafeteria days? What flavor of donut would you pick? (I’m trying to choose my next one for tomorrow!)