In the 6 1/2 years Peter and I have been together, this is just the 2nd time I’ve made meatloaf. Having no idea where the recipe I used 6 years ago is… I tried something new. And if turned out much better than expected! All you need is:
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Then shape into a loaf and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. While it’s cooking, mix ketchup and brown sugar. When the loaf is half cooked (after 20-25 minutes) pour the ketchup glaze on top.
I’m so excited by how well this turned out, and my husband was even more excited. I can say without a doubt, it will not be 6 years before I make meatloaf again!
Today I decided to try an experiment that could help with 3 current problems I’m dealing with:
1. Lennon is a big ol’ cranky mess from teething.
2. Lennon still has little interest in table food and wants to live off breast milk and Graham crackers.
3. I have a TON of baby oatmeal. I stocked up when Lennon was almost old enough to eat solids because we went through so much with Lucille, I assumed we would with Lennon too .. wrong!
So I decided to make some teething biscuits. I found this awesome recipe, but as I didn’t have pear baby food I thought I’d change it up a bit. What a success!! Lennon loves them, so of course Lucille had to try them too. She was also a fan. I get so happy when I’m able to try something new and see my kids enjoy it! Especially when it’s something easy I can do repeatedly, which this certainly us. Here’s how:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and put parchment paper on a baking sheet.
In a mixing bowl combine:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of baby oatmeal
- 1 cup of applesauce
- 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
Form mixture into long biscuits with wet hands. Should make a dozen to,so, I think I made 11.
Bake for 30 minutes.
That’s it. So easy! I’m thinking I’ll try it with all sorts of different flavors to get Lennon eating veggies and such!
After the success of my other pork loin experiment, I thought I’d try something similar with a totally different flavor. Another easy crock pot success. All you need is:
- 24 ounce pork loin
- 10 ounce of baby carrots
- 4 white potatoes
- 10.75 ounce cream off cheddar soup
- 1/4 cup bbq sauce
- 1/2 tsp of garlic
Cube potatoes then put everything in a crock pot and cook on low about 9 hours. Stir occasionally if you’re home.
Another super easy chicken recipe for you. All you need:
- 1-1.5 pounds of chicken breast
- 1/3 cup of ranch dressing
- 1/2 tablespoon Frank’s red hot
- 1 tablespoon of breadcrumbs
- 1/8 cup of shredded cheese (any flavor will do, I used Mexican)
Mix ranch and hot sauce and spread onto both sides of chicken. Put chicken on baking sheet and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove chicken, sprinkle with cheese and cook for another 7 minutes.
Recently I bought a pre-seasoned Hormel pork loin: lemon garlic flavored and made it into a crock pot roast. It was soooo yummy, I am upset I didn’t buy more while they were on sale. Here’s all you need:
24 oz lemon garlic pork loin
5 white potatoes
8 oz baby carrots
10.75 oz cream of cheddar soup
All you do is dice the potatoes, throw everything in the crock pot and cook on low 9 hours.
If you can’t find a preseason pork loin, try the above recipe but add a little lemon juice and garlic seasoning.
I haven’t been using crock pot much lately and I’ve missed it. So I brought it out and tried something new with chicken drumsticks last night. And I think it was pretty tasty. And, per usual, easy. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 4lbs of chicken drumsticks
- 2/3 cup Italian dressing
- 1/4 cup miracle whip
- Italian seasoning
- Black pepper
- Garlic salt
In the morning place chicken in crock pot and mix dressing and miracle whip. Pour over the chicken and then sprinkle it with Italian seasoning, black pepper and salt. Refrigerate until 4 hours before dinner. Cook on high for 4 hours.
I wanted to make macaroni and cheese with ham and tomato, and I found recipes that included ham, and ones that included tomatoes… but didn’t find one that included both. (I didn’t do an extensive search, I’m sure they are out there.) So I took this recipe from food.com and added tomatoes, as well as a couple other changes.
Here’s what you need:
- 8 ounces of macaroni (I used medium shells)
- 2 cups of shredded cheese (I used mozzarella)
- 8 ounces of ham steak
- 1 fresh tomato, diced
- 3/4 cup of sour cream
- 1 cup of cottage cheese
- 1 beaten egg
- 1/3 cup of bread crumbs
And here are my simple instructions:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees while you cook macaroni on stove top according to instructions on box, drain.
- Stir 1 and 1/4 cup of cheese in with macaroni, then the egg, sour cream, cottage cheese, ham and tomato.
- Place all in a baking dish (sprayed with non stick spray) and top with remaining 3/4 cup of cheese and the bread crumbs.
- Cook for 30 minutes.
That’s all, super easy, super yummy! Hope you like it!
Here is the easiest chicken recipe I’ve ever made! All you need is:
- 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2/3 cup of mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
Mix mayonnaise, cheese and hot sauce in a bowl. Spread on both sides of chicken. Bake at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes.
My experimentation with seafood continues. This time: perch! I’ve never cooked with perch before and couldn’t remember if I’d ever eaten it. I liked it, but I admit it was fishier than I expected. For a milder fish taste I think this recipe would work equally well with tilapia.
I got my “base recipe” from Betty Crocker, and then made modifications. Here is all I used:
- 1 pound of perch (divided into 4 pieces)
- 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tablespoon of lemon rosemary seasoning
- Dash of pepper
- 1 tablespoon of melted butter
To make it simply:
- Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
- Mix breadcrumbs, cheese, lemon rosemary seasoning and pepper in a bowl.
- Spread the melted butter onto the perch and then cover the perch in breadcrumb mixture.
- Put perch on baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes.
Hope you like it!
Another easy seafood success, my hubby loved this one. All you need is:
- 10 oz salmon
- 1.5 tablespoons of melted butter
- 2 tablespoons of bbq sauce
- 1 teaspoon of garlic
Preheat the oven to 450. Poke salmon filets with a fork a few times and then lightly salt and pepper them. Mix melted butter with bbq sauce and spread over the salmon. Top with garlic. Bake for about half an hour.