Meatloaf and Fixings

Meatloaf and Fixings- another $5 dinner which surprised me. Meatloaf was one of the first dinners I ‘mastered’ as a brand-new adult (aka 18 and living in our own apartment). My mom gave me her recipe as I was becoming a little bored with wrapping chicken breasts in tin foil and baking it in the oven with mixed vegetables…. (thanks Nana for my Intro to Cooking ๐Ÿ˜‰) Anyways, as the weather turns away from hot summer, we can opt for more oven-made dinners and cozy comfort food. Aside from the 30-35 baking time for meatloaf, it only takes about 20 minutes (if that) to prepare; and if I’m set to be especially productive that evening, I spend my time doing dishes and cleaning up the kitchen while the loaf bakes and the potatoes cook. Another $5 dinner!

Meatloaf and Fixings Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ยฝ cup dried oats
  • ketchup
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Garlic minced
  • Butter for the mashed potatoes and green beans
  • 1 can of green beans $1
  • ~1 cup of Yellow Baby Dutch potatoes OR 2 big russet potatoes
  • ยผ cup milk- or a splash to add to the potatoes

Instructions

  • Bake for 30-35 minutes in a bread pan OR make a loaf and bake on a baking sheet. I opt for the former, but my husband says the latter. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Mashed Potatoes: put cleaned baby dutch potatoes in the pot of cold water and boil until soft. Strain potatoes.
  • Melt ~2 TBS of butter and then add the potatoes back to the pot. Mash with a potato masher or immersion blender. *I’ve never done it before, but you can also make mashed potatoes with a Kitchen Aid mixer, using the paddle. Kitchen Aid Mixers can be used for basically everything….
  • Add up to 1/4 cup of milk to soften the potatoes and mix everything well until the potatoes are as soft or lumpy as you want them. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
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Meatloaf & Fixings

Prep Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

  • Pan
  • Bread pan or baking sheet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ยฝ cup dried oats
  • ketchup
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Garlic minced
  • Butter for the mashed potatoes and green beans
  • 1 can of green beans $1
  • ~1 cup of Yellow Baby Dutch potatoes OR 2 big russet potatoes
  • ยผ cup milk- or a splash to add to the potatoes

Instructions
 

  • Bake for 30-35 minutes in a bread pan OR make a loaf and bake on a baking sheet. I opt for the former, but my husband says the latter. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Mashed Potatoes: put cleaned baby dutch potatoes in the pot of cold water and boil until soft. Strain potatoes.
  • Melt ~2 TBS of butter and then add the potatoes back to the pot. Mash with a potato masher or immersion blender. *I’ve never done it before, but you can also make mashed potatoes with a Kitchen Aid mixer, using the paddle. Kitchen Aid Mixers can be used for basically everything….
  • Add up to 1/4 cup of milk to soften the potatoes and mix everything well until the potatoes are as soft or lumpy as you want them. Season with salt and pepper as desired.

Notes

Optional: Add garlic to the mix!ย 
Throughout this whole process, heat up a can of green beans with some butter. Cook on LOW and stir occasionally while you focus on other items on your menu!ย 
Side Dishes
  • Green beans
  • Oven roasted carrots
  • Mashed Potatoes
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Keyword $5 Dinner, budget friendly dinners, budget meals, ground beef recipes, meatloaf, pork loin recipes

Enjoy!

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Cost at a Glance
  • $2 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ยฝ cup dried oats
  • ketchup, brown sugar 
  • 1 egg
  • Garlic, minced
  • Butter (for the mashed potatoes and green beans)
  • 1 can of green beans $1
  • $~1 cup of potatoes ~$1 (I bought a 1.5 lb bag for $3.77 and took a handful of potatoes)
  • ยผ cup milk

How did it turn out!?


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