Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Meatloaf - Veggie Filled wwpp- varies from how many you make



So I have finally decided to share my meatloaf. I have perfected this so it is really easy to put together quick and get into the oven.

I find in this day and age, that groceries are very highly priced and you must really be creative to use what you have and to stop needless waste.

I buy fresh vegetables when I can, usually a head of cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, onions, green peppers, zucchinis and anything else in season. I use them to roast and have as a side to most meals. Sometimes a fresh salad, sometimes grilled. The one thing they all have in common is that there is always some left over.

Every week or so I try to get my meatloaf on the menu, because it helps with the leftovers that I have hanging out. I go through my produce and pick out what is getting ready to go, and then I take the leftover roasted, and always I add an onion and fresh garlic to it all.

This week I had leftover grilled asparagus and even mushroom. I put it all in a pan with a 1/2 cup of water and soften all the veggies. When softened I puree them with my immersion blender. Not a real pretty site, but pretty tasty in that meatloaf.

I have been doing this for about a year now and I through no produce away, unless it is a peel of some sort.  I find that my kids love it too. I also make them into mini loaves 3"x 2". . I also will if I have plenty left over , freeze a batch for another day.

Meatloaf - Veggie Filled

* wwpp- will vary from how many minis you make. I got 10 nice sized mini loaves and one was plenty for me. I am average about 5 points per mini loaf.

Ingredients:

All leftover veggies, (if you don't have any on hand, then roast up a big pan of veggies (see one of my previous blogs) make sure you include onions and garlic, more flavor the better.

* I put 3 big handfuls of baby spinach in mine.

3 cups of oatmeal (not instant)

1 bottle of any bq sauce you like

2 lbs of ground beef (I used 93%)

Instructions:

1) If your veggies are all collected put into a large soup pot. Cook under tender.


2) When tender, I used my immersion blender to puree the whole thing. (not real pretty)


3) Pour this mix into your ground beef, 1/2 bottle of bq sauce, and 3 cups of oatmeal and mix.

4) On a foil lined and non-stick sprayed pan, mold your mini loaves. ( you can of course split this into two and make just a regular looking meatloaf. Putting one up in freezer for later. I made 10 minis and they never make it to the freezer. )

5) Take what is left of BQ sauce and smooth on top of meatloaf.

6) Put into 350 oven for 1 hour.


For a side, I bought one of the institutional size can of small whole potatoes (I was feeding 6) and tossed them with a bit of melted butter, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper. Roasted them with while I baked the meatloaf. Just stirring them every once in awhile. They turned out roasted on the outside with a wonderful soft inside.

Just a quick pic...

With any leftover potatoes, you can make home fries. Or save them until after St Patrick Day and mix with leftover corn beef and make some yummy hash.

I have now shared my great meatloaf..teeheee... and if you are good, just don't mention the veggies and no one will know.

I am off for now, I actually published the first 308 pages of my blog into a keepsake book for my kids.
I am so excited with it.

I am in the future thinking about working on a real cookbook. So if it finally gets done and you are interested I will be letting everyone know where they can purchase one.

Today is a beautiful day in Georgia..so get out there, enjoy you day.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cheese Burger Stuffed Sliders



I guess we were cooking fiends this weekend. While we were creating the pepperoni rolls, because they went so super fast we started to search the refrigerator. We found one more container of grands biscuits. So this was our new creation.

Cheese Burger Stuffed Sliders  made 8 ( which gave 2 to each person) servs 4

Ingredients:

1/2 lb of ground beef

1/4 cup of minced onion   (or you could use 1/2 lipton onion soup)

1/2 cup of shredded cheese

a healthy squirt of ketchup

a half healthy squirt of mustard

a healthy squirt of dill relish

*optional - sesame seed

Instructions:

1) Brown up your meat with the minced onion.

2) put in your squirts and your cheese, mix ever so gently.

3) Flatten out your biscuits and put a big tbs of mixture in the middle and close it up like a ball.

4) Put seam down into the baking dish.

5) Spray a bit of non-stick spray.

6) ours we put sesame seed on top.

7) 350 oven for about 20-25 minutes, until brown and I even checked to make sure the biscuit was done all the way through





These again were very good. Especially if you have kids. This is the only picture that I got before they gobbled them up. I found these to be as conquerable as those sliders from hotpockets. I don't have any to try to see how they freeze and warm up. If I ever get that chance I will let you know.

I hope you enjoyed our weekend of foodies ...

Get out in your kitchen, save time, save money and enjoy spending time with your family.
My family are my guinea pigs. Seems like they make out pretty good.

These are on our snacking menu too. I did try them with the small ones, but you couldn't get enough of the mixture to get a good taste of the cheeseburger, so the large biscuits are the way to go.

Have a great day!

Pepperoni Rolls



Tell me that does not look yummy.. This was our creation this weekend. We now have an attachment to the cheap 4 pack of refrigerator biscuits. They are great little versatile little things.

This weekend we made Pepperoni Rolls. I actually took pictures of a few steps. I am trying to be more tutorial.

Pepperoni Rolls

Ingredients:

1 package of pepperoni slices (we use the turkey, less calories0

1 cup of shredded Mozzarella cheese

3 cans of biscuits (the small refrigerator ones) (3 cause that is what number could go in my 9x13 pan)
      
* A note about my 9x13 pans. I use the gladware that go in the oven and have a lid for when they cool. I can then just slide leftovers  into fridge and stack up. I have a large, hungry family and that is what works for us.*


Instructions:

1) Spray your pan so they won't stick.

2) Take one biscuit and stretch it out.


3) Lay a piece of pepperoni in it.


4) A pinch of mozzarella cheese.
5) Another piece of pepperoni.
6) Roll up around filling and pinch bottoms closed. Lay seam down into pan.
7) Fill up pan. Spray top with Non-stick spray and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

8) Place in 350 oven for about 25 minutes or until they are golden brown.



These babies were really good and warm. I actually turned it out onto another pan and carefully separated them and put them back in the pan, that way my bunch didn't mutilate the whole thing.

This was a really good snack. I see these as a great potential for all kinds of fillings.
Sausage and peppers, philly cheesesteak, and maybe a great finger food thing for the holidays.

They do take a bit to make, but we sit, the kids and me and laugh and create, so it is a win, win situation.

So get out in that kitchen, make it yours, change it up, get your family out there too..

Roasted Vegetables wwpp= just for the bit of olive oil 1pt per cup of veggies



I just had to show you my favorite, really all time favorite way to eat vegetables. This also keeps from wasting veggies. Actually I bought them to use this way because we love it, but you can use it to clean out your fridge without having waste.

Roasted Vegetables    {wwpp= just for the bit of olive oil 1pt per cup of veggies}

Put a piece of parchment paper down ( I find it keeps from having anything sticking).

Cut up all veggies into pick up size. You can go bite size, but it doesn't matter when they taste this good.

I toss them all in a big bowl as I cut them up. I pretty much use everything I had on hand. Real garlic heads are good on here too.

Toss them with olive oil and sea salt. Throw on pan. 400 degrees for around 45 minutes to an hour.

Yummy, Yummy...

At this point we eat them with dinner.

The extras I either boil down with a bit of water the next day and puree, and put in my meatloaf (I need to post that recipe, my kids are crazy for it)

The other that I do is roll out a pizza dough and put inside like a vegetable Stromboli. You need nothing more than the veggies, the flavor of roasting them is really great. (this my husband will take cold for lunch)

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I am trying to keep up on my blog. I actually found a really cool way to keep the blog for my children to save over the years. I found a way to actually print it to a book. I found a company online that took my blog and put into a paper back book. It really wasn't a bad price. Now my kids can keep my ramblings forever.

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So my friends.. give the veggies a try... it is my pleasure to always be experimenting.

My new goal this spring is a garden.

I can't wait until I try to get a small garden growing.

I bought a small planter for my green onions ( you know you can cut them to the white and replant and from then on cut the greens and they will continue to produce)

Another for my garlic. (you can take a bulb and produce green shoots from them too, just for quick stuff)
Thinking about planting some in a garden and ginger too.. just not sure I have that green of thumb.

I am also getting ready to try the gutter garden. I will post and let you know how that goes.

Well my friends with the spring comes lots of new goals and ideas. Keep making the days yours, smile and take time to rest. A good book, a cup of tea, a good conversation with a friend..

Sending out good vibes for a good day..