Hello, my name is Shannon and yes I am a meal planner! Every week we sit down and decide what to make for dinners each night. Then we make a grocery list and head to the store. This planning has served us well over the years. Never have I come home from work and thought "what on earth will we have for dinner?"
This week though I did something a little different.
I planned two different meals that used similar vegetables and prepped and cooked the veggies all at once..literally brilliant!
Each week before we make our dinner list, I take stock of what's in the fridge. You know...to find the food that we have forgotten about and need to use. This year I am really making an effort to not waste food. So when I found limp celery and two wrinkly green pepper I thought we can make meatloaf and chicken (or turkey) potpie. (see note below)
This is my favourite meat loaf - it is really classic meat loaf with sauteed veggies in it! And it makes 2 loaves so you can cook once and eat twice or freeze one for another time.
Favourite Meat Loaf
- 2 tsp. vegetable oil
- 1 medium diced onion
- 1 medium diced carrot
- 3 stalks diced celery
- 1 diced green pepper
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup ketchup or chili sauce
- 2 pound ground beef (sometimes I use 1 pound of ground beef and ground pork)
- 2 egg, slightly beaten
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a frying pan heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Saute onions, carrots, celery and green pepper for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another minute.
- In a mixing bowl combine bread crumbs, ketchup, ground beef, eggs, black pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper and cooked vegetables.
- Form into two loaves on a 9x13-inch pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until browned and internal temperature reaches 74 C (165 F).