It wasn’t that long ago that I was a kid. You know the kind of kid with the messy hair, clothes that were askew, and shoes that were rarely tied. I used to run as hard as possible and climb trees. I was a tomboy until I noticed boys. Then all of a sudden I started brushing my hair, wearing clothes to attract, and I even tied my shoes. I may have pretended to trip once or twice in front of a cute boy. I kind of feel like meatloaf is in the same boat. It is just dressed up ground beef. I have some quick, easy, meatloaf recipes to share that will help you keep the best cook ever award.
I love meatloaf because ground beef is always on sale. It allows you to Get More Beef for Your Buck and we all need to count our pennies and watch what we spend. I also love meatloaf because it is easy to double. You can make two or three at a time. You make them in the large loaf pan or in the mini loaf pans. You can throw a slice on our Simple Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs Recipe or on a thick slice of toast. You can even turn them into meatballs like our Simple Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs Recipe.
These are what I would consider our quick easy meatloaf recipes
I was recently in Ireland. I had the best time. I came home and I wanted to cook everything that I could that reminded me of Ireland. I made Dublin Coddle, Lemon Scones, tea brack, and even Irish Soda Bread. Then I went on to tackle Irish Meat Loaf. It is such an easy Irish Recipe. This meatloaf had a secret ingredient. You will not believe what they use but once I added it to my meatloaf it became the best easy meatloaf I have ever made. You can even freeze it.
I looked all over for easy Irish recipe and all of them had one ingredient. That I had to google.
What is minced meat?
It turns out minced meat is beef same as our version of ground beef but we use a grinder so Minced meat is simply meat that has been passed through a mincing machine to break it down into smaller pieces.
Once, I had that part of the recipe cleared up I was ready to make the best easy meatloaf recipe called Irish meatloaf.
One of the easiest ways to save money on food is to cook in season. Food that is in season will be at it’s lowest price for the year. For example, right now things like citrus, avocados, broccoli and fixings for soup are in season.
I love avocados and I found a Southwestern Turkey Soup recipe that calls for avocado. This recipe is fantastic as it can be adapted in many ways. Since I have leftover turkey, it is a perfect fit this week.
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I recently embarked on an epic journey to Ireland. It has been on my bucket list for as long as I could remember. I pictured myself on the rolling green hills that kissed the ocean. I saw myself overlooking the rocky shores writing my first novel or just enjoying the melodic Gaelic that the people spoke. What I didn’t expect is to fall in love with the food. I decided that I wanted to bring Ireland back to my kitchen. I wanted to wrap my children in the love I felt with each bite of my tea brack. Tea brack is a whole wheat bread bursting with fruit. It is the perfect start to your day and the treat that will get you over your midday hump.
When I looked at the recipes I came across several ingredients that I wasn’t sure about. That happens when you try to use a recipe you received in a country that isn’t yours. The recipe for tea brack or Irish Fruit bread used Caster Sugar.
What is Caster Sugar?
Caster sugar is a fine version of our granulated sugar.
I didn’t and my Tea Brack came out just fine. You see Caster sugar is really nothing more than granulated sugar that has been ground to a super-fine consistency. I just threw mine in the food processor to make sure it was extra fine. I would like to share my Easy Irish Tea Brack Recipe.
1/2 cup of Sultanas or you do not have these I used 1/4 cup of dates and 1/4 cup of prunes (I have also added in dried cherries)
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup of dark brown sugar
16 oz of Lipton Tea I used their new Stressless blend
2 TBS of melted butter
2 cups of wholemeal flour or white whole wheat flour (I love this one flour)
1 Tablespoon of baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon of salt
2 1/2 Tablespoons of Caster Sugar
I believe every person struggles with what to cook for their family. I struggled so much I used to avoid the thought until someone came downstairs and demanded dinner. I would open up the refrigerator and stand there. I do not know what I expected to happen but the chef I hoped for didn’t tumble out of my freezer.
I realized a couple of things that not planning resulted in. The first was my food budget was out of control. I mean truly mortifying. The second thing I realized is when I walked around the store and threw things in the basket I got home, and nothing went together. The third and most embarrassing thing is we began to throw away a lot of food.
The worst part about all of it is I felt I was failing. Then one day I saw a 7-day meal plan. I figured I could do anything for seven days, so I went through my families favorite recipes, and I wrote down a list of 30. I then created a calendar. I pulled out my family calendar to see what nights I should cook what meal on.
I felt like a rock star. I had a plan and for the first time in years. I wasn’t anxious when I opened up my refrigerator. Then something even better happened.
I figured out that I could double up some of my favorite recipes which saved me time and money and then the next month I would have less to cook. I find that using a calendar and a plan has helped me to become the mom I wanted to be. I no longer hide in the bathroom or the closet. Yes, I have done both hoping they found something to eat so I wouldn’t have to cook.
I use my calendar to save both money and time. You can read about how I have saved thousands using a calendar in this post How to save money using a calendar.
These are tried and true menu ideas that are easy, healthy quick meals that will not drain your bank account or your energy reserve.