Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Meatloaf verdict and menu plan

When doing our menu for this week, I realized we are busy several nights this week, especially this weekend. Not that I'm complaining, but that rarely ever happens. So, our menu doesn't look quite like normal this week. Fine by me!

Here it is:

Small group tonight, we're having chili

baked pork chops & roasted potatoes

A friend of Jude's is having a birthday party, so I think we will be eating with them

Jude & Ezra's birthday party is late that afternoon, so we may just be having leftovers from the party, or may do a homemade pizza

Crockpot Chicken sandwiches

Dinner at friends' house

Baked tilapia with roasted cabbage (or asparagus)

Small group night, either an easy dinner (mac n cheese possibly) or dinner with my group

And, for the moment you've all been waiting for. I know you've been on the edge of your seat waiting to hear about this. How did my meatloaf turn out last night, you ask? I looked up recipes, I even watch a youtube how-to video on meatloaf. I was serious about this, folks.

What I learned: There are a billion ways you can do meatloaf. Some people put saltines in their meatloaf. Some people put breadcrumbs, others put in oatmeal. It honestly kind of reminded me a little of mystery meat. You can put just about anything in it. But, I did something much easier. I used THIS recipe here, but added my own homemade bread slices, and I added minced garlic and garlic powder, parsley, basil, salt & pepper, and omitted the cheese.

Going into the oven

All done and ready to be eaten

Ross thought he was in heaven

Verdict: It was a success! At least I think it was. Ross made noises while eating it and the kids had seconds (Ezra had thirds!). So, yeah! My kids are super picky, so any meals my kids eat that I fix makes me happy. However much my boys liked it, I wasn't a huge fan. I have never liked meatloaf, and as much as I tried, my mind just hasn't changed about that. I did eat it, although I had to slather it with mashed potatoes. It could have stood to have a little more salt, but I'm an over-salter, so that's no surprise. But since all my men-boys loved it, I may have to do this again some time!

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