Meatloaf with Homemade Tomato Sauce

Hurry, quick–the baby’s asleep and I have homework due by midnight! I promise I cook with things other than ground beef, but I just made my best meatloaf yet so I had to share before this got added to the collection of “things I meant to blog”……

Life is busier than ever so this morning I pulled out a frozen meatloaf and shoved it in the fridge, to hopefully thaw in time for dinner. Remember last post’s burgers? Well, since I had six pounds of ground beef I made four pounds of that stuff and smooshed half of it into a brick and threw it in the freezer. Was still pretty frozen by the time I was ready to make dinner, so I tossed it into the microwave and hit the 1lb. auto-defrost button, then plopped it from the freezer bag into a pan, and slid it into the oven that wasn’t even fully preheated to 400ºF.

But here’s what made the meal: HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE FOR THE MEATLOAF.
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Meatballs!

After a week including 8″ of snow and the kiddos’ snow days that came with it, busy work deadlines during said snow days, and a teething toddler getting 8 teeth at once who will…not…sleep…I had used all our fresh foods for meals and forgot to pull anything from the freezer to thaw. Whoops. Let’s be real though–it happens a lot! So what to do for dinner? I was half tempted to order pizza . . .

I opened up the freezer thinking we’d be stuck with chicken nuggets, when I saw my meatballs from Ground Beef Night, yay! I figured since the “frozen blobs” were smaller than one ginormous brick I’d be able to cook them faster, and it worked. Continue reading

Night of the Ground Beef

Night of the Ground Beef

The Present clan went to BJs today to spend our rebate before it expired. We caught a pretty good deal on ground beef–but the sell by date was tomorrow and I try not to push my luck with meats so I needed to cook/freeze it right away. Six pounds of ground beef. Continue reading