Potlucks. Do you love them or hate them? My feelings are mixed. In some ways they make things easier – you don’t have to cook as much, there is less clean up and there are more options for picky eaters. But, it is also possible to end up with a table full of desserts or five macaroni salads. So what’s a girl to do? How do you decide what to bring?
Some weeks are just lazy cooking weeks. You’re sick, you’re busy, the kids (or cats in my case) need to go to the doctor, the house is a disaster, laundry piles up and the weather outside gets worse. That was last week. Dinners were uninspired to say the least. It was kind of an open-up-the-fridge-and-see-what-you-can-create week. The result was a lot of simple meals. Nothing fancy, just the basics.
We are raised to believe that Mondays aren’t to be trusted. Monday, Monday. Can’t trust that day. Back to work, back to school, the fun of the weekend is over….it’s just another Manic Monday after all. But what happens if you want to play a different tune?
Hmmm…. my positive Monday song lyric search is coming up a blank.
When I awoke, several hours before my alarm, that was all I could think of. I’m self employed and even I was dreading Monday morning. (Rainy days and Mondays…) I make my own schedule and still – Yikes! Tell me why I don’t like Mondays…
So, I did what any normal adult would do (well, normal to me). I read a cookbbook. I made a great list of Meatless Monday ideas and then thought “now what”. Meatloaf.
Okay. SO not meatless….
Now I’m not a vegetarian and I don’t pretend to be. But for many reasons I am trying to eat less meat. Sometimes though comfort food is the way to go. This week it was meatloaf. Meatloaf it a very personal thing with endless possible variations. This is my go to version. Tasty and easy it also has a few hidden ingredients to up the “healthy” quotient a bit (which also makes it a great way to sneak in some vegetables at the dinner table).
Now if only Meatloaf had written a song about Mondays.
- 1lb lean ground beef
- 1lb lean ground turkey breast
- 2 whole eggs or 4 egg whites
- 1c. panko
- 1 c. shredded brussel sprouts or 1 c finely chopped kale
- 1 bunch italian parsley, finely chopped
- 1 small onion or 4-6 scallions, chopped
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 1-2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 c milk
- fresh ground pepper
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all ingredients, except ketchup and maple syrup, in a large bowl.
- Place mixture in a loaf pan. Cover with tin foil and bake for 45 minutes.
- While cooking mix the tomato paste and syrup in a small bowl.
- When meatloaf has been cooking for 45 minutes, remove tin foil, spread the tomato and syrup on the top. Bake another 5-10 minutes until sauce has crisped.