I was going to write about my mom’s last week visit, but I’m not. I’m missing her and home at the moment too much. It’s so weird, but I miss my mom most AFTER just seeing her. Why is that? Anyway, I just hope that my kids and I have the same relationship (mutual admiration society) when they are adults!
Rather, I decided to share one of my “go to” recipes for two reasons. 1. We are discussing dishes in the “Ask/Answer” section. 2. I have received several emails to participate in recipe swaps/exchanges. I don’t usually participate in them because they are too complicated. I feel badly, but I don’t like to commit to more than I can actually do. So, this is my contribution to the main dish recipe file. (Later this month, I’ll share my husband’s banana bread recipe for the breads/desserts file.)
For the record, I am not a super chef like a few of my friends. I can cook well enough. I guess that it’s all relative though – some of our single guy friends and some of our married guy friends whose wives aren’t especially good cooks – tend to really like my food. My husband and I have people over at our home a lot, so I have some easy, basic dishes that I make. Below is my recipe for meatloaf (it’s a barbecue, not brown gravy one) that is consistently gobbled up:
Kim’s Easy Barbecue Meatloaf
-Chop 1/2 an onion and 1/2 a green pepper. Cook until tender (you can use their own “juice” or a little olive oil).
-Combine the above with:
*1 pound beef seasoned to your taste (I like to include 1/2 an onion soup mix pack with my other seasonings – Lawry’s salt, pepper, onion powder & garlic powder)
*1 slice of the end of a bread loaf crumbled up (or you can use bread crumbs)
*1/4 cup of bbq sauce
-Mix everything together and place it into an ungreased loaf pan.
-Cook uncovered at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
-Drain the liquid from the pan. Cover with 1/4 cup of bbq sauce.
-Cook for another 15 minutes at the same temperature.
-Remove from the oven. (You can drain any extra liquid if you like).
(I try to let the meatloaf set for up to ½ an hour before serving, so that it won’t be crumbly.)
You can also substitute turkey for the beef if you like.
Okay, I shared one of my recipes. What is one of your easy “go to” recipes?