Thursday, April 25, 2019

Easy Gluten Free Dinners: Meatloaf Monday

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When the kids get home from school, I have 5 people that need me present, and a 2 yr. old that is sometimes getting pretty cranky because he's going through a "I might nap today, I might not" phase. I don't need to be pouring myself out over a difficult-to-prep gourmet dinner, especially when you have to follow special dietary needs, feed 8 people, and make it tasty.

So I thought I would share some of the dinners I make throughout a busy school week that are at least gluten free and this one is actually grain free as well!

As a child, I hated meatloaf. My mother was a good cook, but the smell of everything from the kitchen always got wafted into my bathroom and for whatever reason the smell of meatloaf in my bathroom was a horrible memory for me. So it only took me 20 years into my marriage to give meatloaf a try :). I needed something with ground beef in it, super simple ingredients, and tasty. I found this from :

Perfect! I could add our own manchego sheep cheese, 3 eggs, Simple Truth Organic Ketchup (no corn syrup, no mysterious "natural flavors") salt and pepper.

To this entree, I added roasted potato wedges, and steamed brussels sprouts. But honestly sometimes, I just wash some red potatoes, and throw them on a pan to cook, and they can cut them open and add butter.

So you need these items for your meal:

Plus we buy these frozen organic brussels sprouts at Costco:

And of course it says "steamable bags" but who's going to heat plastic bags in a microwave?! Can we say toxic food? So I usually boil the sprouts or steam them in my own steamer on the stove top. 

For the meatloaf, you want to brown your frozen chopped onions, stovetop...

Throw the following ingredients in a bowl:

My version of Meatloaf Recipe

3 lbs. ground beef
2 bags frozen chopped onions
2 cups shredded manchego cheese
3 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup ketchup

Get some good thick kitchen gloves on, and dig in! :) It is much easier to combine all of this if you just mix it/mash it with your hands. Then after thoroughly combined, place in a greased, deep, rectangular dish. The one I use is about 12x9 and about 3 inches deep. After pressing mixture into the pan, evenly drizzle some more ketchup all on the top, because let's face it, in meatloaf, ketchup is the star. Then put in oven on 400 degrees. in about 45 min to an hour you should have a delicious meatloaf! I prefer my meatloaf to not look pink at all, so I guess I burn it? I let it get good and brown on top and brown all the way through. But it always tastes great.

For my roasted potatoes, I just slice each into quarters, throw them in storage bags, drizzle with olive oil, add sea salt and pepper, and shake the bags. 

Then pour them out onto pans like this:

Roast them in the oven on 450 degrees, I keep checking until they are browning on top. About 30-45 minutes.

Brussel sprouts that I steamed, I just added butter salt, and pepper to taste. 

Here's your dinner! Nothing fancy really, but delicious!

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