Mini Meatloaf

The Teen Queen has been asking for meatloaf.  This is something they like for a dinner or for a lunch during the summer.  Using individual mini loaf pans allows for me to make 9 mini meatloaves so they can heat and eat them whenever they want.

You can add whatever you want to this recipe.  I always make meatloaf different ways but today I made just a basic ground beef meatloaf.

1 1/2 pounds ground beef (I like to use the 90/10% for meatloaf).
tsp. onion powder, tsp. worcestershire sauce, tsp. celery salt, dash of pepper
2 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I use 1/2 plain panko and 1/2 Italian seasoned)
2 eggs

Mix all, form into individual balls, press into loaf pan and bake at 350 until cooked through (approximately 22 minutes).

Let cook and freeze leftovers for the kids to pull out during the week!

Meatball Stroganoff

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I knew we would have a busy Sunday with the “Snowflake Dance” for the Teen Queen while the Boy was down and out with a fever and terrible cough.  I was going to make a meatloaf for dinner when they all gave me the “meatloaf again” look.  I decided they were right and actually a crockpot dinner would be best so I could focus on the Teen Queen and her friends until they went to the dance.

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Meghan, Morgan and Chase

Meghan and Chase have been friends since they were 4 (10 years now) and they met Morgan this year in their first year of high school.  Please don’t think Meghan is sick, she was diagnosed with Alopecia in February and while it has been a hard thing to deal with especially at this age and starting your first year in high school, this girl is stunning and a real trooper.  I forget she actually has it as she never focuses on it and it doesn’t hinder her in any way.  She still has her adventurous spirit when her and Chase are together!

This meatball stroganoff is a delicious meal that everyone will enjoy.  It’s perfect over pasta or served with a side of biscuits to soak up the gravy!!

Here is the basic recipe and it does not have to be exact. I used 2 lbs of beef with this version and doubled it as I had my mother and niece to feed as well as our family lol!!

1 lb ground beef

1 egg

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 soup can of water

1 cup heavy cream or milk

2 TBSP cornstarch

2 beef bouillon cubes

2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce

2 TBSP minced garlic (separated)

1 medium onion diced

1 cup bread crumbs (I used Italian seasoned)

16 oz cooked egg noodles or 12 biscuits

Meatballs: ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, 1 TBSP minced garlic, 1/2 onion diced, dash of salt and pepper. Combine all and form meatballs Brown them in a frying pan and bake through at 375. (approx. 10 minutes) on a foil lined cookie sheet

Stroganoff sauce: cream of mushroom soup, water, cream/milk, cornstarch, bouillon cubes, Worcestershire sauce, other half of onion, 1 TBSP minced garlic. Mix all in crockpot and add baked meatballs. Cook on low for approximately 4 hours. Serve with pasta or biscuits!!

One Pot-Pot Roast

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Recipe here:  Pot Roast

Last weekend we had our first blast of very cold temperatures.  This was the perfect meal to come into after skating in the frigid cold on our ice pond.  Comfort food at its best!

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The cold temperatures only lasted 2 days and the next ten days it seems we will be back up into the mid 40’s again.  It’s been a very mild, snowless winter here on the Island so far.  I don’t mind too much but sure hope we get some snow and colder days so we can snowmobile and skate again!

 

Pot Roast

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A comfort food dinner in our house (one of many) is chuck roast pot roast.  Being a chilly 46 degrees in Buffalo today with rain, we needed this comfort dinner.  This has been a very cold, wet, gray spring.  The natives are restless as well as their parents.  I want to get my gardens going, the flower beds are now sprouting very big weeds but unless I want to weed them in the rain in my snowsuit, they are going to keep growing.  I want to get a horse trained for a horse show but the arenas are under water.  UGH…I need some comfort food.

This morning before we left for Canada for a hockey game I quickly browned a chuck roast in our cast iron dutch oven.  Once browned I threw in some carrots, onions, and broth for gravy and set it in a 200 degree oven to cook for the day.  Fast forward 6 hours and dinner was served. 

I guess I can face another cold day tomorrow now 🙂

Recipe:

4 lb chuck roast

2 cups baby carrots

one small onion

2 cups water

2 beef bouillon cubes

4 Tablespoons cornstarch

1 16 oz package egg noodles

Biscuit recipe is on the Bisquick box

Brown the chuck roast using a little plain or garlic flavored olive oil in a dutch oven (or use a frying pan if you don’t have one)

After browned put all the ingredients in the dutch oven (or a roasting pan) and cover

Place in a 200 degree oven for 6 hours

serve with egg noodles, biscuits and a nice salad.  PERFECTION!!

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browning

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ready for oven

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