Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Freezer Meatloaf Mix

I got this recipe from a USU Extension pack that has a bunch of freezer meals and mixes. It makes a easy dinner on the nights you just don't want to cook. And you can use the mix for other things too!

Meatloaf Mix
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp dried chopped onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground sage
  • 1/4 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/4 tsp ground marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef (it has to be fresh since you will freeze it raw)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup regular oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice

In a large bowl, combine eggs, tomato sauce, onion, salt, and Worcestershire sauce, sage, oregano, marjoram, and celery salt. Stir in ground beef and bread crumbs. Spoon evenly into three 2-cup freezer containers with tight-fitting lids. Attach lids. Label containers with date and contents. Store in freezer. Use within 3 months. Makes 3 packages or 6 cups of Meatloaf Mix. (I usually make 4 smaller packages)

These are the recipes you can make with the mix:

Mini Meat Loaves

  • 1 pkg Meatloaf Mix
  • 2 tsp tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Shape meat mix into two mini-meat loaves. Place in shallow baking pan. Top with tomato sauce mixed with brown sugar, if desired. Bake 30 min or until done.

Porcupine Meatballs
1 pkg Meatloaf Mix
Form into balls, each about 2 inches in diameter. Place in casserole dish. Cover with sauce (below). Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Makes 6 to 8, 2 large meatballs each.


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dry onion flakes

Combine all ingredients and blend thoroughly. Heat and pour over meatballs.

Stuffed Peppers

  • 1 pkg meatloaf mix
  • 2 green peppers, halved, seeded
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/8 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice

Cook green pepper halves in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain well. Combine tomato sauce and res of ingredients with meat mixture. Fill each pepper half. Place in glass baking dish. Top each pepper with 1 Tbsp Tomato Sauce. Bake uncovered at 375 for 45 minutes or until done.

Casserole Pizza

  • 1 pkg Meatloaf Mix
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 tsp oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1/8 tsp dried basil leaves, crushed
  • 1 (4-oz) can sliced mushrooms
  • 6 green pepper rings
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tbsp grated Romano cheese
  • sliced black ripe olives for garnish
  • 2 parsley sprigs for garnish

In medium bowl, combine tomato sauce, oregano, basil and mushrooms; set aside. Preheat over 375 degrees. Divide Meat Loaf Mix evenly into two 4 inch pie pans, or individual casserole dishes. Spoon tomato sauce mixture evenly over mix. Bake 15 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from oven and top each with 3 green pepper rings. Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese and Romano cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer. Garnish with black olives and parsley sprigs.

Shredded Wheat Chicken

You can make this into nuggets, strips or do whole breasts. It is a hit at our house!

  • 2 cups shredded wheat cereal, crushed to 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp prepared mustard
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut to desired size

Preheat oven to 400. Crush cereal in heavy bag, add cheese, seasoned salt, paprika, and garlic powder. Combine mayonnaise, honey and mustard in bowl. Roll chicken in mayonnaise mixture, then place in bag and shake to coat chicken evenly. Place on lightly sprayed cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes for strips and nuggets and 20-25 minutes for larger pieces or until chicken is no longer pink in the center.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

PW's Oatmeal Crispies modified by Jaime

If you have never checked out Pioneer Woman, you need too...now! It is such a great food, photography, everything site. Check it out and you will not be dissapointed. Anywho, this is her original recipe.
I have modified it a little bit below.

- 1 C. Shortening
- 1 C. Brown Sugar
- 1 C. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/2 C. Flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 3 C. quick oats
- 1/2 finely chopped walnuts ( or pecans, w/e you want)
- 1/2 bag chocolate chips
- 1/2 bag toffee bits

Cream sugars, shortening, eggs and vanilla. Add rest of ingredients. You know the drill:)