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Monday, November 9, 2009

Another Mom Favorite, Meatloaf-Food Storage Recipes

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I realize most people don’t like meatloaf…but I think it’s just because they’ve never had GOOD meatloaf before! Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of nasty dried out globs of meat trying to pass as meatloaf (of course all of these were AFTER I moved out of my parent’s house). I guess this week is turning into a sort of “My Mom’s Favorites….or at least my Favorites that my Mom makes” It must be because I’m gearing to go home for Thanksgiving and dreaming of all those things I hope she makes while I’m home! ;) Anyway, the reason why I love this meatloaf reason (besides the fact that it is DELICIOUS, uses a surprising amount of food storage and will leave you wanting more) is that it can turn into an entire oven meal. One way to be responsible in the oven is to use that energy you’re paying for to cook as many things as possible (not to mention it means little work for you!) I usually serve it with baked potatoes and baked butternut squash (simply cut the butternut squash into 4-6 pieces and place in a 9×13 pan and bake during the meatloaf) I also like it because one of the things I like to do when I buy ground beef is to make “meatloaf packets” I mix everything together in a ziploc bag (I don’t even bother with dirtying a bowl) and then when it’s time to bake, I simply throw the meat mix (thawed) into the pan and bake. It’s one of the easiest meals ever and usually the meal I make for others for that exact reason!

Mom’s Meatloaf

1 ½ lb. Hamburger

¾ C. Oatmeal

1-2 Eggs (if you use powdered eggs (3 T. dry egg powder) use an extra can of tomato sauce as the liquid)

1 pkg. onion soup mix

¼ C. non-instant dry milk powder

1 can tomato sauce

(you can also add in dehydrated carrots and dehydrated bell pepper as well-about 1/4 C. each)

Mix together and bake at 350 for 1 hour. Goes great with potatoes and butternut squash.

*Shopping Tip: Most people, when purchasing a butternut squash, buy one that looks very picturesque (i.e. very large on the bottom and little on top) actually you want to choose a butternut squash that is as close to the same size on the bottom as on top so that you get more vegetable!

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