Meat Loaf

IMG_6098 (2)Jack and I are trying to eat healthier and it can be a bit of a challenge to come up with things that both satisfy our cravings and fall into the “healthy” category. I try to find a happy-medium when to comes to cooking meals for us. One thing about what I cook is that I try to make enough so we have left-overs for our meals (lunch and dinner) on the days I’m working. It just works best for me to do that so we aren’t as tempted to eat junk or boxed typed foods. Well, I’m not tempted to eat stuff like that, but Jack loves his macaroni and cheese (like Kraft or the store brands) and frozen pizza. Not that he doesn’t sometimes have those when I’m not at home, but at least he keeps it to a minimum.

A couple of weeks ago our electricity went out for a couple of days. We’ve never had that problem here and it was quite an experience. Luckily it warmed up enough during the days to keep the house warm and it was kind of nice just having candle light at night. For the first time in a long time I even went to bedearly a couple of nights in a row. The problem was that we had had a lot of really wet and heavy snow so the lines were down in a lot of places. Fortunately, when we had lost electricity Jack had gotten some dry ice and put it in our freezer to keep thestuff in there frozen, but we hadn’t made it to the store to replenish the food that we had to throw away and then I was gone for a week, so my selection of what to cook was a bit limited. As usual, I took a look at what we had and went from there.

We hadn’t had meat loaf in quite awhile and it sounded awfully good. I like meatloaf because besides being tasty, you can do a lot with the left-overs. Meatloaf sandwiches are great and it’s good heated with a slice of cheese and some sauteed onions on it, too! If you still have extra, you can use it in spaghetti sauce or on pizza.

I had plenty of hamburger (93% lean), a couple of onions, a little bit of celery, and a green pepper that I wanted to use. Also, I always have canned vegetables, so I had everything that I needed. I planned to have wild rice with the meatloaf (and I even made some mac andIMG_6089 cheese for Jack), so dinner was figured out.

Here’s how to make a delicious meat loaf:

2 lbs 93% lean ground beef

1/2 cup dIMG_6092iced onion

1/4-1/2 cup finely diced celery

1/4-1/2 cup diced green pepper

IMG_6093 (2)1 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 eggs

1 tablespoon minced garlic

IMG_60941 can diced tomatoes

Before starting, line a 13″ x 9″ pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking oil to keep meatloaf from sticking.

 

For the meatloaf, use two pounds of hamburger (93% lean). To this add onion, celery, and green pepper. Do not mix yet! Sprinkle ground IMG_6095 (2)black pepper over the top (I don’t add any salt). Lightly beat two eggs and mix in garlic and about 2/3 of a can of diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted, but any kind will do). Pour the egg mixture over the top of the meat & vegetables and mix lightly. Do not overmix! Divide meat into two equal halves and place each in the foil lined pan, gently forming into loaves. For the best results, do not pack tightly! Spoon remaining 1/3 can tomatoes and the juice over the top of the meat loaves. Lightly cover with foil.

IMG_6098 (2)Bake at 350º for approximately 75-90 minutes, or until done. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes before slicing.

Enjoy!

 

Meat Loaf

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Before starting, line a 13″ x 9″ pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking oil to keep meatloaf from sticking. Preheat oven to 350°.

2 lbs 93% lean ground beef

1/2 cup diced onion

1/4-1/2 cup finely diced celery

1/4-1/2 cup diced green pepper

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 eggs

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 can diced tomatoes

Add onion, celery, and green pepper to the hamburger. Do not mix yet! Sprinkle ground black pepper over the top (I don’t add any salt). Lightly beat two eggs and mix in garlic and about 2/3 of a can of diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted, but any kind will do). Pour the egg mixture over the top of the meat & vegetables and mix lightly. Do not overmix! Divide meat into two equal halves and place each in the foil lined pan, gently forming into loaves. For the best results, do not pack tightly! Spoon remaining 1/3 can tomatoes and the juice over the top of the meat loaves. Lightly cover with foil.

Bake at 350º for approximately 75-90 minutes, or until done. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes before slicing.

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