I have made no secret about my distaste for cooking. Decorate your house, fold your laundry, clean your room? No problem. Cook? Um, no.
Of course, I do have a family and they do have to eat, but whenever possible I take the fast route and cheat my way to dinner prep. My super easy meatloaf recipe is no exception. I use one pan, a few simple ingredients and I am guaranteed a meal that everyone will eat, in no time at all.
I have been making meatloaf for years. It was actually the first thing I ever made by myself. It's really hard to mess up a meatloaf and you can serve it with virtually any side dish, so it has always been my go to in a pinch.
Today, is a perfect example.
My daughter asked me to make stuffed peppers this week. I bought the meat, the peppers and was ready to go, when everything went haywire. I had email issues, college forms to fill out, a sick kid who needed a doctor appointment, a husband who was traveling, we lost power several times due to some wicked storms and by this morning, the house was a mess.
When I had finally finished cleaning it up, the last thing I wanted to do, or had the energy to do, was whip out several pans and my splatter guard to make rice and fry up chop meat, then get a baking dish, a cutting board and some utensils out. I just kept thinking about the clean up. I'd have to do it all over again.
Nope. New plan.
The way I make meatloaf is ridiculously simple and it only requires one baking dish.
Yup, just one.
I do not mix everything in a separate bowl, chop up a ton of stuff, I don't measure anything out with spoons or cups.
I use a 9x11 glass pan. I toss my chop meat in it and then I add:
1 egg and a hearty sprinkle of each:
Then in the pan I take my hands and mush it together really well, making sure that all the spices get spread around and worked into the meat evenly. I shape it into a loaf and boom. I'm done.
I do not add crackers or breadcrumbs to my meatloaf. Perhaps it's the Italian in me, but I just want it to taste like a giant meatball. I obviously don't put any bread in those either. It's funny, even way back when, you can see that I was not a fan of the bread!
|Sweet meatloaf memories|
Today, I did however add potatoes. I peeled and chopped up two large baking potatoes. Once in the pan, I drizzled a little bit of olive oil on them, salt and onion powder. The pan went into the oven and I baked it, uncovered, at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes.
That was it. When all was said and done, I had a small cutting board, one knife and vegetable peeler to deal with...and that was only due to the potato prep. Now that's my kind of cooking.
Here's my finished product. Like my giant cut? That's how I tell if it's done. I know what you're thinking...but it works for me.
Now, I could've shown it to you on a plate with sides and garnish, but lazy here, remember? Actually, that is only partly true. The reality of the situation is that I made this dish at 10am. I've already covered it with foil and when it cools, I will tuck it into the fridge until dinnertime.
Putting it on a plate (which I would have to wash) and taking out food I wasn't going to eat right now (and then have to put away) to take a Pinterest worthy shot would totally defeat my one pan and done goal.
Which I accomplished.
That is why there is no drool worthy photograph.
At the moment, dinner is complete, I am writing ~ my favorite thing to do ~ and my kitchen looks like this:
And as far as I'm concerned, there's nothing more delicious, than clean!
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