I know I can’t be the only one that struggles with coming up with meal ideas or what needs to go on the grocery list for the week. It never fails, even though I cook damn near 90% of our meals, I still have a hard time figuring out what we’re gonna eat that either A) we haven’t eaten this week B) we’re not sick of yet or C) I don’t have to buy 50 bazillion ingredients for.
So in the spirit of real people everywhere, I’m droppin’ small batches of our weekly playlist of meals. Even if they’re not fancy and basically everyone and their grandmother can make it, I’m still posting it. Because somebody somewhere is gonna have a brain fart that week and not be able to feed their family. You know it and I know it lol.
You’re gonna fall in love with this moist & flavorful meatloaf. My dish calls for a nice sweet & savory sauce that causes people to lick the plate! Keep in mind that the side dishes with this meal are NOT from scratch. I love cooking from scratch but sometimes I just don’t have the time. So, I’ll show you how I like to jazz up some non-scratch side dishes to go along with this meal.
Meatloaf with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Garlic Butter Peas
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 4-5 slices of bread ends or leftover bread (torn into small pieces)
- 1 1/2 Cups Bread Crumbs
- 1 Small Onion Diced
- 2 Tbsp Honey Mustard
- 1 teaspoon Lawry’s Garlic Salt with Parsley
- 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder with Parsley
- Dash Black Pepper
- Brown Sugar
- McCormick onion powder with white/green onions & parsley
- Black Pepper
Side Dish Ingredients
- 1 packet Idahoan mashed potatoes (Family Size)
- 1 bag steamable frozen peas
- Salted Butter
- Lawry’s Garlic Salt with Parsley
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 45-50 minutes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Step 1 – In a mixing bowl combine ground beef, bread crumbs, bread pieces, onions, eggs, honey mustard and brown sugar. Mix well with hands. If mixture is too wet, sprinkle a bit more breadcrumbs over mixture and mix again.
Step 2 – Next, add spices and mix well.
Step 3 – Now, start creating your loaf by adding handfuls of meatloaf mixture to your baking dish. Start from the middle of the baking dish and keep adding handfuls on both ends until you create 1 solid line of meat about 4 inches wide.
Step 4 – Using the palm of your hand, slap the top of your loaf until it looks flat. Now, take both hands and mold the sides of your loaf by pushing the meat with both hands, toward the center of the loaf. You should end up with a long rectangular mound.
Step 5 – Bake uncovered on middle rack for 45 minutes.
Step 6 – Prepare sauce. In a bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar & seasonings. Mix with a fork taking care to separate any balls of brown sugar. Set aside.
Step 7 – Remove meatloaf from oven, add sauce along the length of the meatloaf. Be sure to cover sides of the loaf with plenty of sauce. Return to oven for 5-10 minutes. Remove and let sit.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Peas
Prepare potatoes according to package directions. Add 1 tbsp of half n half cream, 1 tbsp salted butter and a sprinkle of garlic salt and stir.
Prepare peas according to package directions. Add 1 pat of butter or margarine and garlic salt to taste.
How do you like your meatloaf, with a traditional gravy or sauce?