This recipe is a cooks best friend when it’s time to whip up a filling meal in a hurry. Ten minutes prep and it’s in the oven. Throw a few sides together and dinner is easily served in under an hour.
Now that school has started, and I’m taking care of my grandkids, there’s a bit of a crunch at dinner time around here. I’m coming home to a hungry, impatient household. (Yes, they can cook. They all know how to use the microwave and heat leftovers!)
When I was a young teen, My mom worked a demanding job. As a single young widow, she needed a backup at home. That was me. I learned to make easy dinners early on. Meatloaf was an old standby she taught me that I make to this day. That’s a legacy for you. Thanks mom.
This is a REALLY good beginner cook recipe if you have kids interested in cooking. It’s a simple recipe with just a few basic ingredients. Kids enjoy the messy process of mixing by hand.
I like to cook at home, from scratch , even when life is hectic. That means planning ahead (not my strong suite), or building a repertoire of easy, fast dinners at home. That’s a much more likely scenario in my kitchen.
Over the years, fast dinners find their way to our dining table over and over… and over! The ruts of life can dig some deep trench marks.
Meatloaf is a good meal planning meal too. It makes great leftovers and Meatloaf sandwiches are always a lunchbox winner. My Italian Stuffed meatloaf Sandwich is especially pleasing to a large manly appetite. Lots of flavor and juiciness.
Let’s Make Meatloaf!
Meatloaf’s versatility is a big plus for a quick dinner choice. Whatever you have on hand can be put into this recipe and made to work. What’s in the fridge? Carrots, Celery, Garlic, ginger, dill pickles, sweet relish, greens beans? Give em a try.
Out of oatmeal? Try bread crumbs as a binder, or even crushed croutons! Seaweed handy? Throw it in! Seaweed is very good for you. I’ve eaten meatloaf with seaweed in it. Very healthy choice! This is a ‘use what you have’ cooking experience. Find your humor, creativity and courage; and head into the kitchen. Enjoy!
Word of caution:
Meatloaf is very dense.Depending on how much hamburger you use the baking time may change. If you have a slower oven or put closer to 2 lbs of hamburger in this recipe REMEMBER TO ADD extra baking time. Up to 20 minutes. You may also cover the meatloaf with tinfoil and raise your oven temperature to 375 degrees f.
Here’s The Printable Recipe and Nutrition App:
- 11/2 lb. raw, uncooked Hamburger
- 1/2 onion (diced or 1 tsp. powdered)
- 2 cloves garlic (as desired, minced or 1 tsp. powdered)
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 Cup ketchup (what I used) or barbeque sauce to cover the top as desired.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Put all ingredients, except the ketchup, in a large bowl and mush it together with your hands until thoroughly blended.
- Pat into an oiled 8 x 8 pan
- Bake 30 to 40 minutes until brown, bubbly and done in the center.
- At serving, spread ketchup or barbecue sauce evenly over the top.
Serving Size:one slice
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 199
Recipe source: My mother:)