Meatloaf

I always love going to church, but there are always some days when I get more out of it than others.  Yesterday there was one talk in particular that was good for me to hear.  A woman spoke about the concept from the scriptures ‘love your neighbor as you love yourself’, but she switched the concept around and talked about loving ourselves as we love our neighbors. DSC_0612We have some raw meat pictures coming up so i thought we should start off with a picture of the finished product:-)DSC_0564Often times we are harder on ourselves than we are those around us.  She spoke about us being gentler to ourselves.  I think this is something we all need to be reminded of.  I know there are days when I am hard on myself for not making the bed, not getting the kitchen clean, over eating, putting off my workout until the evening or not even getting to it at all.  The list goes on and on.  We all have things we beat ourselves up over, but what does it accomplish?  Why does it matter if the house is messy or if we don’t get our to do list done.  We simply have to give every day our best shot and know that some days we will do better than others.  When we fall short we have to try and remember to treat ourselves with kindness and gentleness.  Hopefully in time we can slowly change the way we think about and view ourselves.DSC_0568DSC_0575I was grateful for those reminders yesterday.  I think we all need them from time to time… but I did promise you a recipe, so I should probably get to it:-) After church I came home and got started on dinner.  I wanted something warm, as is typical for me once winter sets in and meatloaf was yesterday’s winner.  This is an old recipe that my family got from a friend back home.  It has always been one of my favorites and falls under my category of comfort foods.DSC_0591DSC_0593Not only is this recipe delicious, but it is also super easy to make.  The hardest part is starting it early enough because it takes at least an hour to cook.  Put all the meatloaf ingredients into a bowl and mix them together.  You can do this with a mixer, a spoon or my personal favorite — your hands.  I think that is what first made me fall in love with this recipe.  As a kid, mom let me mix it together with my hands and I thought it was so fun!  Once everything is mixed together, stir all the sauce ingredients together in a separate bowl and pour half the sauce into the meat mixture.  Put the mixture into a bread loaf pan and bake it for 45-55 minutes.  Then take the loaf out, pour the remaining sauce over the meat and return it to the oven.  Bake it for at least 15 more minutes (this is why you need to give yourself ample cooking time).  Once the meat is cooked through you can serve and start eating!    DSC_0598DSC_0604

Meatloaf

1-1 ½ lbs ground meat

1 C almond milk

2/3 C oats

2 eggs

1 onion, diced

1 t salt

1/8 t pepper

¼ t seasoned salt

1 t worchestershire sauce

Sauce

¾ C ketchup

1 T mustard (any kind)

1 t nutmeg

4 T agave/honey

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.  Mix all the meatloaf ingredients together and mix in half the sauce recipe as well.
  2. Bake the loaf for 45-55 minutes.  Remove loaf from the oven and pour the remaining sauce over the meat.  Return the loaf to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.  Pull the loaf out and slice the middle to see if it has cooked all the way through.  If it needs more time, return it to the oven and check it every 5-10 minutes until it is ready.

* The time discrepancies are due to differences in elevation.  This recipe was made for cooking at sea level and the higher elevations require longer cooking time.

If you are looking for side dishes to go with it I would recommend mashed cauliflower and/or a side salad.  Those have always been my favorite:-)DSC_0611DSC_0610

2 thoughts on “Meatloaf

  1. We love Meatloaf and your recipe is different with the Almond Milk, I will have to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend!
    Miz Helen

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