Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Beef or Turkey?! It's Still a Meaty Loaf!

I can't stress enough how much I LOVE easy recipes! I enjoy cooking and I enjoy having home cooked meals during the work week, but I refuse to slave away in a kitchen all evening! It just doesn't work with my schedule! I get home from work at 6 pm. If it's a gym night I come home, change and head back out the door for my 6:30 class and I don't get back home till about 7:45. It does not help that the hubby usually heads to bed at 9 p.m. {he has to wake up at 3 in the morning for work!}. That gives me, on average, only an hour to prepare, cook, and eat a meal. I also like to change meals up during the week and offer a variety! Meat and potatoes one evening, a casserole dish of some sort another, a pasta dish at least one night is a must, and for the past several weeks I've been incorporating more fish into our dinners!

One of my little secrets?! I utilize Kraft Recipes A LOT {which is where this recipe came from}!! They have easy and quick recipes for all kinds of dishes and the great thing I've found is that you don't have to use the exact ingredients! Just substitute your favorite brands and/or healthier/low-fat/nonfat choices!

This recipe is my hubby's favorite meal! I've been making it for several years and I try to cook it for him at least once a month! I love when he asks "what's for dinner?" and when I tell him "meatloaf!" he lights up like a Christmas Tree! His reaction always makes me feel good!

What You Will Need:


Stove Top {Chicken} - Ground Meat - Barbecue Sauce - Eggs 
 {I normally cut this whole recipe in half for the two of us}

2 lb. Lean Ground Beef {I used 1 lb. of Lean Ground Turkey}
1 package Stove Top Chicken Stuffing Mix {I use 1/2 of a package}
1 cup of Water {I use 1/2 a cup of water}
2 Eggs Beaten {I use 1 Egg}
1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce, divided {I usually just eyeball this}

Directions:

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Place meat, stuffing mix, water, eggs, and 1/4 cup barbecue sauce in bowl.



Mix just until blended.



Shape into loaf in a greased 13x9-inch backing dish {I use a loaf pan}.



Top with remaining barbecue sauce.



Bake 1 hour or until done. {I usually heat the oven to 400 degrees and cook for 45 minutes}.



Serve with your choice of sides! This particular evening I opted for fresh green beans and roasted creamer potatoes!



I post a lot of dinner photo's on Instagram and I get many comments about my cooking skills! I promise you it's not hard to make hearty and delicious meals even on a work night! I meal plan each week which keeps me organized! When meal planning, I look for recipes that don't include crazy preparations or a billion ingredients! By doing this alone it helps in cutting down my time spent in the kitchen! Because I've received so many sweet comments I'm thinking that Tuesday's will now feature a weekly post {as I've kind of already started} showcasing an easy main dish that you can whip up any time! I'm not a chef or cooking guru by any means nor am I trying to become a food blogger. I just want to help make your life a tab bit easier in whatever way I can!

Have a fantastic Tuesday my darlings! XoXo!


4 comments:

  1. This looks great, I am definitely going to have to try it!! <3 I do NOT love meals that require hours of prep time either, especially after a long day of work!

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  2. This looks good. I have never been a meatloaf fan cause of the ketchup that is traditionally coated on top but this I think I could handle!

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  3. this looks AMAZING. I can't wait to try this!!

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  4. Yum!! I love turkey loaf. We probably eat it 2-3x a month at our house... It's the perfect compromise between indulgent and healthy! I love to serve mashed cauliflower on the side. To die for!

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