Simple and Easy Meatloaf Recipe Collection for Mothers Best Meatloaf Recipes from Mom's Kitchen to Your Computer Wed, 17 Aug 2016 03:43:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Best Foods for Road Trips with Kids Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:40:01 +0000 The Best Foods for Road Trips with Kids We get it – some people prefer the convenience of flying over driving and are willing to spend the extra money. But think of it this way: The Smith’s, a family of four (two adults and two children) – will pay $276 per person to fly from […]

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The Best Foods for Road Trips with Kids

We get it – some people prefer the convenience of flying over driving and are willing to spend the extra money. But think of it this way: The Smith’s, a family of four (two adults and two children) – will pay $276 per person to fly from Cleveland, OH to Orlando, Florida to go to Disney World next June and spend about $1,200 (for tickets, baggage fees, etc.) on air fare alone! Sure, they’ll arrive in two hours, but there is a much more frugal option: the road trip.

To drive (in this example The Smith’s have a mid-size SUV – a pearl white Jeep Grand Cherokee – that gets twenty-five miles per gallon at $2.00 per gallon. So, a total of $240 would be spent on fuel, to and from Disney. Of course, they would have to account for food and possibly a hotel room, but they would still spend less than flying.

You might be dreading driving across the country (or maybe even a few hours) with your kids (the ‘are we there yet?’ and stopping for frequent bathroom breaks, but we have road trip meals covered (while you handle the rest – we’re sure you’ll rock it!)

Here, you’ll find tips on planning meals for on the go and be able to see a list of must-try fast food by region (i.e. South, Midwest). You might even find a new, future favorite spot! This is the breakdown:

• Fast food… fast.
– Love greasy fries and milkshakes? Here are some places that should be on your ‘Fast Food Bucket List.’ Or am I the only one that has one?
• Affordable restaurant stops.
– No five-star cuisine here. If you want to take a break from driving and just relax with some half-priced appetizers, you’ve come to the right place.
– Why it’s important to plan out meals and snacks if you’re packing them from what you have at home or grocery shopping.
– We’ll go beyond sandwiches and chips for easy, delicious, and no-fuss road-trip meals.
• Healthy Options
– Being on the road doesn’t have to mean burgers and gas station potato chips.

Let’s get started…

McDonald’s may be the most popular fast-food place around, but, no matter where you are, you can throw a stone and hit a McDonald’s. We wanted something a bit… different. These are some fast food places, divided by types of food served, you just have to try. Sorry, Big Mac.

Fast Food

• Whataburger: With locations in Georgia through Arizona, Whataburger’s claim to fame is their Root Beer Shake and the fact that they use 100% beef on all of their burgers.
• In-N-Out: This West coast fast food place has a sort of cult following, but for good reason: it offers a secret menu that is posted on the restaurant’s website and will stack as many as four patties and four slices of cheese on one burger. Also, it’s considered to be one of the places for a fast food burger.
• Five Guys Burgers and Fries: They have ‘the best burger in the world’ and locations throughout the country. Not all locations have drive-thrus, though, and, strangely, taste varies restaurant by restaurant. Regardless, it’s worth checking out. Also, if you aren’t in the mood for a burger (which are fantastic), I recommend the Bacon Cheddar Dog. (Note: Everything here is really greasy).
• Culvers: Located predominately in the mid-west and Texas, Culver’s serves up frozen custard, burgers, and crinkle cut fries. They also have their own brand of Root Beer.
• Habit Burger: They are similar to In-N-Out in location and taste, but Habit Burger burgers are flame-grilled for an extra kick. Also, customers are able to choose their own toppings, such as caramelized onions, avocado, pineapple, and jalapenos. The burgers are simple and fresh – what more could you want?

• Harold’s Chicken Shack: Located primarily in Chicago, Harold’s offers a quarter or half chicken (with white or dark meat or a mix), French fries, two slices of white bread, and a cup of coleslaw. Their chicken is as close to Southern fried chicken as you can get and it is fried to order (no warming racks here).
• Chik-fil-A: This fast-food place, located in the Southeastern United States, arguably has the best chicken sandwiches, fries, and many breakfast options. Just be aware that they are closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
• Church’s Chicken: This is the fourth largest chicken chain in the United States and they can be found throughout the country and even have several international locations. Their menu includes coleslaw, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, fried okra, honey butter biscuits, sandwiches, nuggets, and tacos.
• Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits: You can have a taste of New Orleans without being in Louisiana. Popeye’s 2,000 locations are concentrated in California, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Georgia, Virginia, Ohio, and Mississippi. They are known for their spicy flavors and quick service.

Hot Dogs
• Pal’s Sudden Service: Pal’s is hard to miss with their light blue exterior that is the backdrop for a giant hot dog. They have locations in east Tennessee and southwest Virginia and are the best in hot dogs and burgers and have the fastest drive-thrus if you’re in a hurry.
• Portillo’s Hot Dogs: While they are based in Chicago, they have locations in Indiana, Illinois, Arizona, California, and Florida. They serve incredible chili cheese hot dogs and a life-changing Chocolate Cake Shake. Also, some restaurants are themed (i.e. ‘30s Prohibition) and will give you a free cake on your birthday.

• Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Known for their made-to-order subs and flats, Potbelly often has live musicians and gets accolades for having the politest staff. They also have locations in twenty-three states, including Ohio (so they would be a great option for The Smith Family).
• Firehouse Subs: Started in Florida by firefighters, they have locations in thirty-six states, from the Midwest to the South. Firehouse Subs is known for piling on their fresh ingredients and offering options under 500 calories.
• Jason’s Deli: I don’t know who Jason is, but I’d like to shake his hand. This joint was founded in Texas, but has locations from California to New York. The subs are superb.

• Hot Head Burritos: This Mexican chain offers a buffet of fresh ingredients for you to choose from to create a one-of-a-kind bowl or burrito. There are franchises in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida, Michigan, and Connecticut.

Gas Stations
• WaWa: I can confidently say that WaWa has the best gas station food around – everything tastes like it came from a casual restaurant. This is a mid-Atlantic chain that serves pizza, chicken tenders, smoothies, iced coffee, and everything in between. Here, you can fuel up your vehicle, get food to go, and get moving!
• Sheetz: With locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina, it’s worth checking out. They’re open 24/7 and you can get MTO (made-to-order) food all night long. They’re menu is extensive and they also have a full convenience store and the cleanest gas station bathrooms I’ve ever seen.

Vegetarian Friendly
• Amy’s Drive-Thru: Believe it or not, this place sells organic, vegetarian fast-food. The menu includes veggie burgers, burritos, mac and cheese, pizza, and milkshakes. Every item can be ordered gluten-free or vegan, too. Unfortunately, their only location is in California.
• Noodles and Company: As a former vegetarian, I had Noodles and Company while in Baltimore for the weekend. The macaroni and cheese is to die for and they even have tofu options. So, if you’re ever on the East Coast, stop by!

Healthy Options
• Wendy’s: This fast food place offers healthier options than most. Our top pick for those watching their waistline is the “Chili Baked Potato.” All you have to do is order a plain baked potato and a small chili, mix it up, and enjoy a meal under 500 calories.
• KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken): Despite the name, not everything is fried. A great option, tasty option is the grilled chicken breast, mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob for a total of 434 calories. Also, KFC has franchises throughout the country so you can eat right anywhere.
• Jack in the Box: Another healthy fast-food meal is the Chicken Teriyaki Bowl from Jack in the Box. It has 585 calories, but it contains plenty of protein. There are locations in twenty-six states, from California to Florida to Virginia.

• Taco Bell: There are Taco Bells everywhere – so, what? I can tell you that this is THE place to go for fast-food breakfast. The Sausage Breakfast Crunch Wrap is really good and the Cinnabon Delights are heavenly. Also, the hash browns are the best hash brown patties of any fast-food place.
• Dunkin’ Donuts: This is kind of obvious, but worth mentioning. The breakfast items are good, the hash browns are my favorite, though they don’t give you nearly enough of them, and they have fantastic coffee and donuts. Also, some locations even have a drive-thru for added convenience.

Regional Favorites
• Skyline Chili (Cincinatti, OH): This is how Cincinatti does chili: spaghetti noodles that are piled with chili and topped with cheese. Only in Ohio can you get this tasty treat and experience food like the locals do.
• Pat’s or Gino’s (Philadelphia, PA): These are two Philadelphia eateries, located right across the street from each other, that claim their Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches are the best. Namely, it’s become a tourist must to sample a sandwich from each and decide whose Cheese Steak reigns supreme. You be the judge!

• Waffle House (Multiple Locations): The Waffle House is great because it’s open 24/7. It’s a traditional diner with ala carte pricing and a very homey feel.
• Smokey Bones (Multiple Locations): This is a great place for families. They have an extensive BBQ menu and some locations even have bars and pool tables.
• Calhoun’s (Tennessee): Calhoun’s specializes in BBQ and only has five locations throughout the state.
• Trolley Car (Philadelphia, PA): This Philly diner is, quite literally, located in a steel trolley car. If you’re ever near Philadelphia, the breaded fries are worth stopping for. Also, they boast an extensive menu and an impressive collection of beer that is available for purchase.
• Taco Time (Multiple Locations): This is the best place for tacos. Taco Time, which only serves home-style Mexican food, has fresh ingredients and great deals. Plus, you can dine-in, pick up take-out, or go through their drive-thru. There are 300 locations between Utah, Washington, and Canada.
• Casey Key Fish House (Osprey, FL): The service was surprisingly quick and the seafood was incredible. Also, you couldn’t beat the view of the ocean and the fun atmosphere. (Note: This is not the place to go for a quiet meal – it’s a lively environment).

Packing for the Road

If you want to save time and money, here are some of the best items, taken in part from a list at, that can be packed in a cooler to stave off hunger until you reach your destination:

• Hard boiled eggs
• Carrot and celery sticks, radishes, cucumber slices, etc.
• Cherry tomatoes, pickles, olives, etc.
• Sandwiches, wraps, burritos – Especially with sliced meats/cold cuts or some type of salad (i.e. egg salad or chicken salad).
• Fruit – grapes, oranges, cherries, watermelon, apple slices
• Cheese (and crackers) and string cheese
• Pepperoni sticks and sliced meat
• Potato salad or macaroni salad
• Lunchables or crust less PB&Js
• Paper towels
• Cups (including sippy cups for toddlers)
• Paper plates, forks, spoons, butter knife
• Sharp knife, small cutting board
• Thermos
• Wet wipes
• Garbage bag
• Foil / Zip lock bag

By packing healthy items like the above, you’ll be able to give your kids healthy snacks and avoid the drive-thru for every meal (while saving money). The most important thing to remember when packing for a road trip is that organization is key. Make a list of everything you need to do and prep your food a day or two ahead of time (i.e. boil eggs and assemble sandwiches) and pack the cooler the morning of your trip. Chances are, if you wait to do everything until right before your departure, you’ll be rushing and forget items. Also, you can pack dry goods into a tote the night before and leave the tote in the vehicle, making sure you or the kids have easy access to it.

This guide was designed to allow you to make the best decisions for your family’s meals, try new fast-food joints and restaurants, and make the most of eating while on the road. Just remember that there are miles upon miles of highway out there, waiting. So, pack a bag, gather some snacks, and let’s explore!

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The One Dish Meal : This Might Just Change Your Life! Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:21:08 +0000 The Utimate Guide to One Dish Meals Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to One Dish Meals. Here you will be provided with tips and tricks on how to create the perfect pot of goodness for your family. This type of meal is suitable for any day of the week and as often as you like. […]

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The Utimate Guide to One Dish Meals

Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to One Dish Meals. Here you will be provided with tips and tricks on how to create the perfect pot of goodness for your family. This type of meal is suitable for any day of the week and as often as you like.

Whether you are trying to feed your family on a budget or want to take the hassle out of meal preparation, cooking one dish meals are an awesome way to provide a full balanced meal in just a single pot.

We will cover everything from the basic ingredients of a one pot meal, to handy pieces of kitchen equipment to have.

The Benefits of Cooking One Pot Meals
The Basic Components
Staple Kitchen Equipment
Ideas to Store Leftovers

Recipe Examples
Super Budget Friendly Recipe
One Large Pot Recipe
Casserole Dish
30 minute Skillet Dinner
Vegetarian Recipe
One Dish Breakfast Idea
Kid-Friendly Recipe

The Benefits of Cooking One Dish Meals
These types of meals are much more than just convenient. They tend to be extremely tasty due to the combination of inredients, flavors and textures harmonizing in one incredible blend. Below are just a few reasons why one dish meals are such a hit and why making them on a regular basis is such a good idea.

1. They are Nutritionally Complete, considering if they have been made with enough different ingredients on the food pyramid, you have yourself a well balanced meal. One pot meals typically include your protein source, carbs and vegetables. This may explain why eating them does not become overwhelming or tiring, as they are made with enough ingredients to nourish the body and excite the taste buds.

Moms may worry that their families are not getting enough nutrients from these meals, but adding enough veggies and protein can supply all the necessary vitamins and minerals for optimal health.

2.Less Pots to Wash.A pan for the pork chops, a skillet for the potatoes, a medium pot for the green beans and a small pot for the gravy. It sounds absolutely delicious, but could you imagine the clean up afterwards and having to cram the leftovers somewhere in your fridge? Not to mention, pots and pans are heavy and large and they are hard to fit inside of a dishwasher.

Throwing all of your delicious ingredients into a single pot greatly cuts down on clean-up time. Instead of having to wash 4 pots, you are left with one.

3. Takes Hassle out of Meal Preparation Depending on the amount cooked and the size of your family, a one pot meal can provide quick lunches and dinners for the next few days. Simply store them in the fridge in the same pot (if possible) and put it back on the stove the next day to re-heat. Or place some in a tupperware container for your little ones lunch.

4. They are Budget Friendly. Some of the most delicious single dish meals call for only a few ingredients. Lets not forget one of the most popular, spaghetti! This staple, one dish dinner requires only pasta, marinara sauce and ground beef. Rice and bean combinations are also very cheap and tasty. You can provide your family with healthy meals that equate to just a few cents a peice.

The Basic Components of a One Dish Meal

If you plan to make these meals frequently, it is important to make sure they are well balanced. A complete meal should include a starch, a protein and a vegetable.

Your starch is the base of the meal and can be anything from a pasta or macaroni, to potatoes or rice.

The protein source will include a meat, or possibly beans or tofu for a vegetarian option.

Vegetables can incude tomatoes, onions or carrots, depending on the recipe.

Lastly,you will want to use a sauce or seasonings of choice, again, depending on the recipe.

Grocery stores also offer a wide variety of pre-packaged one skillet meals that call for just a few extra preparation ingredients, such as milk, butter and ground beef.

The possibilities are truly endless and you can become your own chef.

Side dishes are completely optional and may accent the meal. For example, a simple garlic bread for a pot of chicken alfredo pairs well. Or perhaps a tortilla for a pot of spanish rice and beans.

Staple Kitchen Equipment
The beauty of preparing one dish meals is that they take hardly any cooking equipment. A crockpot or a stock pot, a large skillet or a glass casserole dish are recommended kitchen staples, depending on the type of meal or recipe. An incredible stand-alone meal can be created in any of those items.

If you do not already have one, a crockpot is a wonderful investment for busy moms on the go. They are the “jack of all trades” when it comes to cooking appliances. These babies can cook just about anything imaginable while your family is gone for the day. Toss in the ingredients, press a button and a warm meal is prepared by the time your family is ready to enjoy dinner.

Other kitchen equipment to consider includes good chopping knives and maybe a board for veggies and meat and storage containers for leftovers.

Ideas to Store Leftovers
Depending on the nature of the ingredients used to make the meal, many one pot meals can stay fresh in the fridge up to one week.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, if you would like to freeze leftovers, there are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Meals that include mayo or cream based sauces do not freeze well. This include recipes that require alfredo sauce, milk or cans “cream of”. These types of meals should be stored in the fridge for a maximum of 3 to 4 days.

2. Food will remain safe indefinitely while frozen. Whether your food contains cream or not, you can still freeze it and unthaw it when you are ready to eat it.The freezing temparatures prohibit the growth of microorganisms that create foodborne illness and spoilage. However, this does not guarantee the quality will remain the same. If freezing your food, make sure it is in a zip lock bag or air tight container and try to re-heat it within a few weeks.


Spaghetti is probably one of the most well known, one pot meals in the history of one pot meals. With just a few items, you have yourself an incredibly tasty dinner.

16 oz. of spaghetti pasta
3 Tbs. of olive oil
5 medium cloves of garlic, minced
1 lb. of cooked shredded chicken (can used canned)
Salt and pepper to taste
parmesan cheese (optiona)

1. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil and add spaghetti. Cook pasta until desired texture is achieved. Drain.

2. Return to the stove over low heat and add the olive oil, garlic and cooked chicken. Stir over heat for about 30 seconds or until garlic is fragrant. Add salt, pepper and parmesan cheese to taste.

This recipe takes about 30 minutes and serves 4 to 6 people.

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There is nothing quite like a hearty pot of chili on a cold day. Who would have known that there could be such an array of flavors and textures in just one simple pot. Of course you can enjoy this with cornbread, but you surley won’t need it.

1 lb. Ground Beef
1 cup diced yellow onion
1/2 cup diced bell pepper
2 1/2 tbs. chili powder
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
4 tsp. minced jalapeno peppers
1 29 oz. can of chopped tomatoes
1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
1 16 oz. can of chili beans
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Brown beef and sautee the onions and peppers at the bottom of a large pot over medium high heat until beef is fully brown, drain excess fat.

2.Add remaining ingredients, except the beans, and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Add beans and heat through.

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Casseroles are pretty incredible. You can take just about any dinner idea and transform it into a casserole. These are simple to make and make awesome leftovers for the next day.

1 10 1/2 oz. can of cream of mushroom
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peas
2 5 oz. cans tuna packed in water, drained
2 cups cooked egg noodles
2 tbs. bread crumbs
1 tbs. melted butter

1. Heat the oven to 400 F. Combine the bread crumbs and butter and set them aside. Add the other ingredients to the casserole dish and mix well.

2. Bake the mixture in the oven for 20 minutes (or until it’s hot) and mix it again. Evenly sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top of the casserole.

3. Bake for at least 5 minutes or until the bread crumbs are a golden brown color.

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With a handy skillet, you can make anything from desserts to stir-frys. Just strategically combine the ingredients, cook it up and dig in! This Buffalor Chicken and Potato dinner can be made in just one skillet and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

2 lbs. of very small (or chopped) potatoes
8 to 16 oz. chicken stock
3 tbs. butter
1 rotisserie chicken, meat pulled and shredded.
16 oz. buffalo wing sauce
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 diced stalk celery
1/2 cup ranch dressing or thinned sour cream

1. Using a 12 inch cast-iron skillet, cover the bottom of the pan with the potatoes. Pour the chicken stock over the potatoes and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover skillet and allow the potatoes to simmer for 5 minutes.

2. Remove skillet cover and simmer for 5 more minutes. Cut butter into 3 even sections and distribute evenly over the potatoes. DO NOT STIR THE POTATOES. Continue to cook them over medium heat until all liquid has evaporated from the skillet and the potatoes begin to brown. Using the bottom of a clean glass cup, gently press down on the potatoes to flatten them. Allow them to brown for an additional 5 minutes.

3. Combine the buffalo sauce and pulled chicken in a microwave-safe bowl and mix well until the chicken is completely covered. Place the mixture into the microwave until it becomes hot.

4. Evenly spread the buffalo chicken mixture over the potatoes in the skillet. Sprinkle the blue cheese crumbles and diced celery on top, then drizzle with the ranch dresing or sour cream.

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We cannot forget about our non-meat eating friends. There are plenty of vegetarian meals that can be made in a single pot. Good ‘ol Beans and Rice are always a staple.

2 cans black or red beans
1 cup uncooked rice
1 tbs. vegetable oil
1 diced jalapeno
1 diced yellow onion
5 cloves diced garlic
2 cups water
1 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. coriander
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt

Directions: Toss all ingredients into a pot and bring it to a boil. Continute to simmer until rice has absorbed all the water. Cover with a lid and let it sit for 5 more minutes. Use a fork to fluff up rice.

Optional: You can brown the vegetables and spices prior to putting them into the bean and rice mixture.

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The mornings can be hectic sending the kids to school and heading to wok. When you do not have time to cook a full course breakfast, try these One Skillet Potatoes. They are quick, easy and absolutely delicious.

3 large potatoes
6 pieces bacon, chopped
1 cup diced onion
1 4 oz. can green chiles
1 cup shredded cheese
salt and pepper to taste

1. Wash potatoes thoroughly and poke holes in them with a fork. Place them into a microwave and heat until tender. Once they are cooled, dice them into small pieces.

2. Cook the bacon pieces in a skillet, then remove the bacon. Using the leftover grease in the pan, combine the onions and chile and fry until the onions are fully cooked. Add the potatoes. Stir the mixture well, the sprinkle the bacon pieces and cheese on top. Cover with a lid on low heat until the cheese if fully melted.

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Little ones tend to be a bit more picky when it comes to their food. Sometimes less is more when it comes to kids. Macaroni and cheese is always a hit! With this one, you can simply toss the ingredients together (following the instructions) and you don’t even have to use a strainer. How easy is that?

2 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup water
1 tbs. butter or margarine
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
16 oz. elbow pasta
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup mascarpone

1. Combine the milk, water, butter and salt into a pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat.

2. Add the elbow pasta and cook until tender or al dante. Make sure to stir frequently.

3. Remove pot from heat, and stir in the cheese and mascarpone. Continue to stir until cheese is fully melted and distributed evenly over the pasta.

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And there you have it! The Ultimate Guide to One Dish Meals. You can be as creative as you wish because the possibilities are indefinite. You can prepare these meals for every day of the week.

Key Points to Remeber:
*They are well balanced
*Quick and easy to make
*Can be prepared for breakfast, lunch and dinner
*They reduce the amount of dirty dishes
*Can be stored in your fridge or freezer
*Are budget friendly

So next time you are dreading to cook that full course meal for dinner for your family, just remember that there is always a way to make it a One Dish Meal.

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Fill Your Pantry Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:28:30 +0000 Fill Your Pantry Your kids want a home-cooked meal, your bathroom needs a new roll of toilet paper and your husband is searching for a new roll of paper towels to clean up his latest spill. It’s enough to drive even the most sane mother to the brink of insanity. Luckily, there’s a solution that […]

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Fill Your Pantry

Your kids want a home-cooked meal, your bathroom needs a new roll of toilet paper and your husband is searching for a new roll of paper towels to clean up his latest spill. It’s enough to drive even the most sane mother to the brink of insanity. Luckily, there’s a solution that will make every family member happy. Look no further than your pantry.

For centuries, the pantry has been the world’s go-to storage solution for homes. Our ancestors had some very different options for their pantries. The Middle Ages may have been the start of the pantry’s alternative interpretations. Meats, breads and alcohols were all kept in their own special rooms. Think that’s the weirdest combination? Think again. Butlers during the 1800s actually slept in their pantries to protect valuable silverware.

No matter what its history has been. The current incarnation of a pantry has become a family’s best option for convenience and savings. Whether you’re new to setting up a pantry and a total shopping pro, we’ve got all the answers about having a pantry in your own home or apartment.

Six Reasons Why A Stocked Pantry Is Important

If you’ve never tried a pantry before and just avoided your previous ones, now is the time to start using this exciting option. Consider these great reasons why you should start a pantry today.

Saves Money
This one is a no-brainer for any families. We try to find ways to cut costs on every part of our lives. From soaps to soups, a well-maintained pantry cuts costs in every area. Some of that savings can be found by buying in bulk.

Reduces Clutter
Let’s face it. No matter how hard we try, space is always an issue in our homes and apartments. A pantry offers a solution to any cluttered area. Arranged shelving makes it easy to make up a storage system that brings order to everyday chaos.

Increases Variety
When it comes to meal planning, we can all become a bit predictable. That may come from a lack of different ingredients. With a pantry, you have more options and a wider range of ingredients to choose from. That means more variety for every meal.

Saves Time
We’re all pressed for time in our daily lives. Having a stocked pantry means less time running to the store and more time taking care of what’s important. Think of it as having your own personal shop stocked with all of your favorite brands and items.

Helps In An Emergency
Pantries offer a life-saving option if an emergency strikes. Natural disasters are a great example. If you live in an area that has hurricanes, floods, tornadoes or earthquakes, a sturdy pantry is vital to staying safe. Keeping emergency supplies on hand like batteries, flashlights and bandages as well as easy to prepare foods can really come in handy.

Promotes Healthy Eating Options
We all pick up take-out options when our family is in a hurry. Too much of these high calorie foods can lead to serious medical conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure. Stocking your pantry with easy to make healthy meal options reduces the chances of these conditions and gives your family delicious recipes that they will love.

What Items Should Be On Every Shopper’s List

There are certain staple items that turn a few average shelves into an amazing pantry. Be sure to include these items on your next shopping list. They are sure to turn any space into the pantry of your dreams.

Pasta is one of our favorite choices for any pantry. It can be used in a wide range of recipes from cool salads to warm Italian specialties. Try to purchase more than one variety to give you the most bang for your buck. Penne, Rigatoni and Spaghetti are all great choices.

A delicious sauce is good for more than just spaghetti and meatballs. Keeps a few tomato sauces on hand for quick meals such as an easy Eggplant Parmesan or Lasagna. For linguine fans, a great white sauce or basil pesto sauce should always be standing by.

Soups are always great choices during fall and winter months. Choose a few canned selections from your favorite brand for a quick boost of warmth during cold nights. One word of caution, look out for products with extremely high sodium counts. This is especially important for anyone on a special low sodium diet.

Boxed Meals
Boxed meals are the perfect option for busy families. They often feature all or most of the necessary ingredients for added convenience. With so many brands on the market, you’re sure to find new and exciting cuisine choices.

Baking Mixes And Ingredients
Baking ingredients like sugar and flour are staples in any kitchen. Keeping them on hand can prevent a failed recipe or the need to stop preparation to get additional supplies. Baking mixes are also a wise choice for pantries. From cakes to brownies, there’s a choice to suit any occasion. Keep in mind that many of these mixes require additional ingredients such as eggs or milk.

Canned Vegetables And Fruits
Canned veggies and fruits are one of the best additions to any pantry. The better selection, the more options you’ll have when it comes to meals or snacks.

Bottled Water
Bottled water is essential to keeping you and your family healthy. Whether you have a great water supply or you are dealing with less than acceptable water options, bottled water is the answer. It’s also an easy choice after workouts or sporting events.

Paper Products
Nothing can compare to running out of toilet paper and realizing there’s nothing left until you run to the store. Luckily, toilet paper and its counterpart paper towels are easily available in bulk packaging to handle any family size. Wet wipes are also helpful for families with young children and babies.

Cleaning Products
Keep several bottles of your favorite cleaning products on hand. They can deal with any messy emergency and make it easy when spring cleaning comes around. It should go without saying that any toxic items should be kept away from food.

Personal Hygiene Products
Soaps, toothpaste, toothbrushes and any other personal hygiene products are tailored made for long term storage in a pantry. You know your family will need these important products, so keep a few handy. Travel sizes are a fun choice if you love variety, but full sizes work just as well as their smaller counterparts.

Pet Products
Don’t forget a few supplies for man’s best friend and our feline companions. Stocking up on a box of cans and an extra bag of dry food puts you ahead of schedule for feedings. For cats, don’t forget a bag of that much needed litter. It doesn’t spoil and stays fresh for a long time. We haven’t forgotten small animals, birds and fish. All of their food sources, treats and toys can be safely stored in your pantry.

What To Avoid When Stocking Your Pantry

It’s easy to make a mistake when stocking your first pantry. Even skilled pantry shoppers have fell for one of these common errors.

This one we’ve all been guilty of from time to time. A good deal here and a one time only sale there can lead to mass overstocking of your pantry. We love a great sale as much as anyone else, but you have to consider you’re space and how long it will take to use any product. Keeping an updated spreadsheet or file on your smartphone can help you avoid this mistake.

Products With Short Shelf Lives
No deal is that great if it’s going to spoil when you get it home. Simply put, keeping something that none of you will eat wastes money. If something is going to expire quickly, consider whether your family will use it before the listed expiration date. A no answer means leaving it at the store for another untrained shopper.

Areas Open To The Elements
When you put together a pantry, your first consideration will probably be the items you put in it. Take a moment to think about your pantry’s location. An area that is exposed to the elements, especially rain or water can destroy your entire pantry’s stock. Instead, look for a cool, dry space that stays dark when not in use. Contact or shelving paper will also help if you need an extra amount of protection from debris.

We all known pests love our scraps and food. The pantry is no exception when it comes to pest control. Keep products in air tight containers if previously opened. Do regular spot checks to find any problems. Most, if not all, animals will flee when caught by a human. If that fails, you can also try pest deterrent sprays.

The Best Stores For Pantry Shoppers

Any dedicated shopper will tell you that not all stores are created equal. This is especially true when it comes to shopping for your pantry. Keep these stores in mind when its time to go shopping.

Costco is the only membership club on our list. Renowned for its bulk sales and amazing prices, Costco will quickly become one of your favorites too. If you’re unsure about how a membership club works, the chain offers free shopping passes for first time customers. After that, you’ll be required to purchase an annual membership. Prices vary based on membership level and number of memberships your family will need.

Target is a favorite among families and it’s easy to see why. Their Archer Farms brand of food items makes quick work of any shopping list. Plus, the prices are not that bad. Some items can be more expensive, so check around for the weekly deals. They are conveniently placed at the entrance doors. Online shopping is also available through the company’s website. It’s a safe and easy way to get your favorite items. Delivery costs are usually small and the benefits of not carrying large items from the store to your home outweigh those fees.

For years, Kmart was the only game in town for many shoppers. With increased competition came increased problems for the chain. The company heard complaints and renewed its commitment to the customer by bringing back their popular layaway program. This solution can help families that may not have the funds for a stocked pantry, but will be getting them in a short time. Much like their rivals, weekly circulars offer the best deals and coupons on selected products.

Walmart and its membership only Sams Club chain of stores is arguably one of the most popular options for pantry shoppers. The business offers rollback deals and special savings that are hard to find at other stores. All of the special savings comes at a price that may be too high for ethical shopper. The company has been found to offer low wages to its employees. In many situations, full time Walmart staffers report a need for government assistance such as Medicaid and food stamps. The products in stores are equally as troubling. Many of Walmart’s good come from overseas producers, some of which have been cited for dangerous working conditions or child laborers.

Best Buy
If you’re looking for accessories or replacement items for electronics, Best Buy is the perfect choice. Their range of products cover a variety of items from vacuum cleaner bags to spare headphones. Prices can run a bit higher than bargain stores, but you’ll actually be getting brand name products from trusted producers.

There has never been a better time to add a pantry to your home. With so many organizers on the market and a range of products with long shelf lives, the options are endless. You and your family will love how it brings new flavor to every routine. Plus, you’ll save time on those costly trips to the store. Get started on your pantry today and let us know how it goes. Remember, there’s no wrong way to do this. Just have fun!


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Fitness for Busy Moms Mon, 01 Aug 2016 03:23:21 +0000 Fitness: Tips for Maintaing When You’re a Busy Mom Prioritize your Life – But I’m Tired – Benefits of Regular Exercise – Benefits of Eating Healthy How to make Exercise a Part of Your Life – No Time for the Gym? – Hitting the Gym Staying Fit: What do you Eat? – Eating as a […]

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Fitness: Tips for Maintaing When You’re a Busy Mom

Prioritize your Life

– But I’m Tired

– Benefits of Regular Exercise

– Benefits of Eating Healthy

How to make Exercise a Part of Your Life

– No Time for the Gym?

– Hitting the Gym

Staying Fit: What do you Eat?
– Eating as a Family
– Best Foods for your Plate
As a mother, you devote much of your time to caring for your children, ensuring that they’re always well taken care of, healthy, and as happy as life will allow. But, to be the best mom that you can be it is important that you take time to care for yourself, too! Life as a mom is usually filled with long days and busy nights, with little time for extras thrown into the mix. Exercise, as delightful as it would be, is nothing more than a dream, so you feel. What if you knew that you could exercise even with a busy life with children? What if we told you that it is possible to look your best; feel your best as you tote your toddler on your hip? Exercise keeps you healthy and improves your overall well-being, ensuring that you’re able to spend many more memorable days with the munchkins you call your own.
Along with staying physically active, maintaining healthy eating habits is also vital to your well-being as a mother. You’ve probably heard the old saying ‘you are what you eat’ and the statement is so very true! No, you won’t turn into a banana after indulging in this potassium-rich treat, but you will thrive from the inside out as your body receives the nutrients that helps it be at its best! On the other hand, if your diet consists of frozen entrees and candy and sweets, your body lacks the nutrients that it needs, thus it is incapable of providing you the vital essence of life. Just like the automobile sitting in the garage needs oil, transmission fluid and regular upkeep, your body, too, needs those vital nutrients to thrive.

Prioritize Your Life

Just as you schedule business meetings and parent teacher conferences, somehow scheduling them into your already busy agenda, finding time for exercise and proper diet is important. Once you change your train of thought and understand the importance of fitness, prioritizing these things on your to-do list becomes far easier.

Although some people may consider exercise as an activity that is okay to complete ‘when there is time,’ the truth is that exercise is a key competent to your vitality, your energy, your emotions and feeling, and your overall good health. It isn’t okay to exercise when you feel like it or when there is time because as a mom it is unlikely those opportunities are ever going to present themselves to you. You’ll procrastinate and procrastinate until one day you look in the mirror, unhappy with the woman looking back at you. You’ll lie awake in the bed wishing that you had more energy or that you’d only listened to the doctor when he told you to exercise. Exercise must be a priority in your life. No matter how many tiny fingers and toes you count to sleep each night, you can find 10 -15 minutes each day to devote to exercise, if only you consider it a priority.

The same rule applies to the foods that you’re eating. You must make a conscience decision that you want to be healthy, happy, and at your best, understanding that it all starts with the foods that are on your plate. You must decide that you want to be a positive role model for your children and one that is there to cheer them on for many more happy years to come. If you continue to procrastinate, you’ll never make the changes that are needed to help you thrive. You won’t need to eliminate all of the delicious foods that you love from your diet, but you will need to add those that provide the essentials that keep you at your best day in and day out.
But I’m Tired

You’re going to be tired when you’re caring for extra lives aside from your own. Who wouldn’t want anything more than to hug their pillows tight after a day of chasing little people around? That is a natural feeling but one that you cannot allow to bring you down. As they say, when the going gets tough, you get going! As a mother, you’ll need to put your Supermom cape on every single day. This happens to be one of those occasions. Besides, there is a good chance that you’re tired because you’re not getting the exercise that you need! Sure, chasing the little ones burns a few calories, but it does nothing to tone your body or to keep you in shape. Often it isn’t even beneficial enough to show results!

When you’re tired and worn out from caring for the kids, your career, your relationship and all of life’s other duties, remember that eating right and exercise are that important; it is a priority in life now and must be done. Once you begin moving around and circulating the blood flow in your body, eating healthier foods and eliminating some of the not so good for you foods, those feelings of tiredness are likely going to go away and you’ll feel energized and invigorated! Knowing that you have fans watching from the sidelines should provide the motivation necessary to make these changes.
Benefits of Regular Exercise

As you begin to prioritize your life to include exercise, learning the extraordinary benefits offered by the addition of simple physical activity will certainly make it easier to want to get out there and get going. When you make exercise a regular part of your life, the following are all benefits you can expect to enjoy:
– Help maintain proportionate weight
– Lower your heart rates
– Stronger
– Improve bone strength and reduce risk of conditions such as arthritis and osteoarthritis
– More toned physique
– Improved self-esteem
– Breathe easier
– Enhanced mood
– Eliminate stress
– Experience fewer colds during the year
– Improved skin complexion
– Reduced anxiety
Benefits of Eating Healthy

Choosing to eat healthy is a decision you can proudly make for yourself and your family. Numerous benefits exist for families that eat healthy. Those benefits include:

  • When you eat healthy foods, you will feel your best because the body has the adequate vitamins, minerals, and nutrients needed to help you feel great.
  • Fewer illnesses.
  • Improved health
  • Increased energy
  • When you’re eating healthy ,you are serving as a positive role model for your children who are looking up to you.
  • Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to reduce costs of feeding the family. You can purchase delicious choices from local farmers markets at great prices, and enjoy yet another benefit since you’re helping keep money in your community.

How to make Exercise a Part of Your Life

Exercise is not optional; it is a necessity to keep you healthy and fit. Once you’ve prioritized your life, add a time slot for exercise to the daily calendar. Aim to exercise five out of seven days of the week for half an hour (or more,) keeping in mind that even 15 minutes of physical activity is better than none. You might be surprised at the many opportunities for you to add physical activity and exercise into your life and will certainly feel better about yourself when you’re doing the right things to prolong your well-being and long life ahead.
No Time for the Gym?

Exercise is a great way to take a step back from the stress and hassles of life and reinvent yourself but if you are unable to find the time to get to the gym, don’t fret. Getting your workout on at the gym is nice, but when you cannot make it in there are still a plethora of ideas for getting the exercise that you want and need.

You can turn almost anything into exercise, whether it is vacuuming the floors in the house, playing tag with the kids, or turning on the Wii and letting the laughter out loud as the sweat (and the competition) heats up. When you use these ideas for exercise, you’re benefiting yourself in more ways than one, since you won’t lose any of the precious time that you have to spend with your kids, and the little ones can join in on your activities and have fun at the same time.

Aside from these entertaining activities providing you with physical fitness when you can’t make it into the gym, there are numerous additional ways for you to exercise at home and outside of the gym.

  • Take a walk or jog
  • During the summer, cut the lawn using a push mower
  • Play a sport with your children
  • Ride a bike
  • Pull the children on a wagon
  • Set your alarm for half an hour earlier than everyone else wakes up to get your exercise in for the day. Working out early in the morning prepares you for an energized, happy day ahead


Hitting the Gym

If you’d love to go to the gym but have the kids with you, don’t allow that to stop you! There are tons of ways to make it to the gym, even with Cheerios spilling from your purse.

  • These days more kid-friendly gyms are available than ever before. Take your kids with you and watch them play with other little ones while in the care of a licensed childcare worker as you sweat to the oldies.
  • Hire a personal trainer. A personal trainer provides one-on-one exercise, information concerning your overall fitness, motivation, and more, all at the location of your choice. (Yes, the personal trainer can come to your home!)
  • Trade exercise time with a friend or a family member. You can still enjoy a day out with the kids using such a method, and both of you benefit. While your friend gets her work out on, take the kids to the park. When it is your turn, they’ll all head out to grab lunch! Everyone wins!

Staying Fit: What do you Eat?

Do not sacrifice your good health by eating the wrong foods. No matter how much you exercise or dream of getting fit, you will be unable to do so until you are eating right. The best way to ensure that you, as well as the kids, are eating right is to sit down at the table and enjoy your meals together. Even toddlers benefit from eating meals together as a family and older children certainly enjoy the chance to sit down and talk about their day with the people they trust the most.
Eating as a Family

When you have soccer practice to attend, a business meeting, laundry, and homework left on the agenda at 4:00 p.m., planning a stop at a fast food restaurant is oftentimes the first thought. But, reevaluate this decision. Eating together as a family provides numerous benefits that enable you to succeed with your fitness goals.

  • A study conducted in 2000 reported that 9 – 14 year-olds that ate dinner with their family made better food choices.
  • Eating at home provides the chance to control portions. Studies indicate that most children and adults eat two to three times more food per sitting than they should. You can prevent overeating when you’re all at the table together.
  • Families that eat together have happier, healthier, overall more productive children, according to The University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.


Best Foods for your Plate

Sometimes moms find it difficult to prepare a meal that is both healthy and enjoyable to little ones (or other members of the family for that matter.) When your children eat healthy from the start, they’ll love the foods that you put on their plate because they’ve not been corrupted to the fast food false nutrition flavors or the cavity-laden sugary sweets. If you parent a picky eater, put your creativity to work and sneaking healthy choices into their favorite foods is simple. It is okay to allow your child the occasional junk food or fast food offering, but the majority of their meals should include items from the following list. By choosing the following foods to feed your family, you can ensure that fitness is always the top priority that you desire for it to be.

  • Green Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Apples
  • Red Peppers/ Bell Peppers
  • Bananas
  • Kiwi
  • Oranges
  • Carrots
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Leafy Greens
  • Lemons
  • Cucumbers
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Fish or Seafood (limit consumption to once or twice per week)
  • Strawberries
  • Avocado
  • Honeydew
  • Nuts (Peanuts, cashews)
  • Lean meats (Chicken, lamb)
  • Brown Rice
  • Kidney Beans
  • Yogurt
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil

Find cookbooks with kid-friendly recipes using the foods above and prepare them for your family. If your kids are old enough, throw on the kid-size apron and allow them the chance to help prepare the meals. They’ll feel all grown up and will certainly be eager to taste their creations.

Do keep in mind that the list of healthy foods above is only a small sampling of the foods that you can eat to maintain great fitness. Also remember that there are a variety of cooking options for these foods, enabling you to enjoy a variety of tastes any day of the week.


Remember, when it is a priority on your list of things to-do, exercising and eating healthy become far easier than you ever imagined possible. While life is busy, there is always time to think about fitness, exercise, and eating healthy, especially when there are little ones looking up to you. Today is the best day to start making changes. Stop procrastinating and discover for yourself how fantastic life can be when you’re fit, healthy, and at your best.


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Must Have Meatloaf Products Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:31:21 +0000 Must Have Meatloaf Products Must Have Accessories For The All Around Best Meatloaf Making Experience Talking about comfort foods, meatloaf will top the list any day. Well, what can be better than a soft and savory mound of meat loaf covered in brown gravy with whipped potatoes and sweet corn as side? Yes. If you […]

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Must Have Meatloaf Products

Must Have Accessories For The All Around Best Meatloaf Making Experience

Meatloaf Products

meatloaf with greenbeans and mashed potatoesTalking about comfort foods, meatloaf will top the list any day. Well, what can be better than a soft and savory mound of meat loaf covered in brown gravy with whipped potatoes and sweet corn as side? Yes. If you go gaga over meaty meals, this will definitely make your day. Complete the meal with caramel-apple dessert and you are the happiest person on earth.

Whipping up your favorite meatloaf meal might apparently seem pretty daunting. But with the right equipment and the best meal recipes; making this dish is no big deal at all. In case you are still wondering how to get things done in a jiffy, here is a complete guideline that will give you amazing snippets on your favorite meal. Keep reading to know more about your meatloaf and how you can enjoy this with different tweaks of seasonings and sides.

History of Meatloaf Products

Although meatloaf is an American delight its origin however is European. This was at first mentioned in a roman cookbook in 5th century named Apicius. The recipe mentioned in the roman book was basically minced meat mixed with bread and wine. This was changed in many ways by centuries. It is traditionally German, Belgian and Scandinavian food. The American meatloaf came into existence in 1800s after the invention of meat grinder. Meatloaf is actually a cousin of Dutch meatball. In the 1940s, meatloaf got the status of a dinner food and was massively adapted by the American families and rest is known to everyone.


Must-Have Meatloaf Products

Well, if you go gaga over meatloafs then there are a couple of products that are indeed worth investing in. From meatloaf seasonings, mixed sauces, baking pans to different variants of this loaf, there are a couple of products that every meat lover should go for. In case you are completely baffled regarding your choice of products, here is list that will help you filter your options and finally end up with the best.

Brenda’s meatloaf mix sauce

This is one of the most lip-smacking sauces that will add an entirely new definition to your meaty delights. Made from completely natural ingredients, this is a Southwestern-style mix loaded with seasonings and vegetables that will make your meal even more delectable. To get it cooked the right away, take 2 lbs of your favorite meat, and add a jar of this sauce along with a cup of rice flour / bread crumbs and one egg. Squish the entire mixture until it is perfectly combined. The better you prepare the mixture, the better will be the final outcome. Now, form it in the shape of meatloaves and get it cooked at 350 degrees for one to one and a half hours. Your favorite meal is now ready!!

Mc Cormick’s seasoning mix

If you are looking out for a healthy, delicious and classic homestyle meatloaf meal; this seasoning mix is exactly what you need. The mix comes with a perfect blend of flavors that renders a home style taste every time you want.

Try the different variants of meatloaf

What can work better than experimenting with your favorite meat styles? Well, nowadays, in addition to the conventional classic meatloaf, there are a couple of more meat variants that will truly entice your taste buds. Some of the best ranges of these loaves include- the champignon loaf, pepper loaf, pizza style loaf, parsley loaf and ham loaf. Each of these meatloaf variants are loaded with flavors and amazing seasonings. These variants not only satisfy your tounge only but also please your eyes.Try them to add a dash of innovation to your regular meat meals.


Top 10 favorite products on Amazon

If you are truly obsessed with the lip smacking flavors of your favorite meatloaf, here is list of top 10 meatloaf products on Amazon that will truly redefine your cooking experience.


#1 Meatloaf: Recipes for everyone’s favorite

This book comes with the coolest and easiest recipes for cooking your favorite comfort food. Written by Maryana Vollstedt, it features some truly lip smacking recipes. Whether it is the conventional, classic version of your loaf or an experimental style with crumb and horse-radish toppings; this cookbook has it all.


#2 Five shapes mold for making meat loafs

If you are looking out to experiment with the style and structure of your favorite meatloaf meal, this mold can be a great buy.


#3 Non stick meatloaf cooking pan from Evelots

This is a perfect kitchen equipment for making fluffy and delectable meat loafs. While the non stick surface will help in quick release, the base of the pan will make it easier to drain the fat while you cook.


#4 The Meatloaf Bakery Cookbook: Comfort Food with a Twist

“People are raving about The Meatloaf Bakery’s tasty creations, and now its founder, Cynthia Kallile, brings her bakery-inspired savory treats from her Windy City shop to your kitchen table. Make every meal memorable with these flavorful twists on everyone’s favorite comfort food.”


#5 Top 50 Meat loaf Recipes

Written by Nancy Kelsy, this book will help you to add a twist to your regular, classic meat loaf recipes with a couple of different sides, veggies, seasonings and even fruits. It features sumptuous recipes like the mini spinach and cheese meatloaf, cheeseburger loaves and Mexican loaves.


#6 Fifty-One best easy meatloaf recipes

If you are a newbie in cooking who is just getting started with cooking meat, this cookbook is exactly what you need. Written by Kelly Deane, this book has a, variety loaf recipes including the deer loaf, Greece style loaf, One Step Loaf and so on.


#7 Digital meat food thermometer from Doxgo

Looking out to make the most perfectly flavored meat loaf? Well, this digital food thermometer will totally help you in that by giving accurate measurements of your food’s temperature, right away. To add to that, it comes with a LCD display and a stainless probe, which is meant to protect your hands from the high temperature, while the meal is being cooked.


#8 Meatlof set from Chef Tony

This meat cooking set backed by a bacon tray set gets your meaty delicacies cooked in a jiffy. It is widely popular among customers for its durability and a specific tweak the lets you remove the loaf easily from the pan.


#9 Ultimate Bakery Cookbook for making meat loaves

Discover every small detail that you had to know while cooking meatloaves with this incredibly useful cookbook. Not only does it feature the best recipes, but it also comes with a set of guidelines and tips for cooking your meals better.


#10 Dobi Loaf Pans

If you are looking out to make fluffy and beautiful meatloaves; the Dobi loaf Pans can be an excellent option. It heats your loaves evenly and ensures that there is a complete burst of flavors when your meal is ready.


Most Popular Chefs making meatloaf

Nothing can be an easier or simpler dish other than meatloaf. And what is better when this dish is whipped up by your favorite chefs? Well, that is exactly what we have listed here. Following is a list of the best meatloaf recipes for popular chefs round the globe. Each of the recipes, have been handpicked by these Chefs and are perfected with simple instructions. Not only are they incredibly delicious, easy to cook, but are also made from ingredients that are widely available. So look no further and check them out to take your foodie experience to the next level.

Sophie Thompson’s classic meatloaf recipe

As we all know, Sophie Thompson is a celebrity chef who won the Masterchef title for her impeccable recipes. Here, she experiments with the classic meatloaf style to whip up something truly fascinating for meatloaf enthusiasts like you and me.

Get started with the meal by heating your oven to 200 degree Celsius. Right after this, get some oil heated in a big frying pan and add some garlic, onion and carrot. Cook until the veggies are softened. As soon as they soften, add some thyme and keep cooking for a couple of more minutes.

Follow this up, by whipping up a mixture of eggs, tomato ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce and Tabasco. Get your sun dried tomatoes finely chopped and add it to the mixture. Season it with the perfect amount of salt and pepper. Now add the beef mince, bread crumbs and cooled veggies to this mixture. Use your hands to squish them. Make them in the shape of a loaf and finally get it cooked in your oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes. Your classic meatloaf is now ready to be served.

Ina Garten’s special meatloaf

Celebrity chef Ina Garten enjoys cooking meatloaves and loves experimenting with different flavors. This recipe is a simple one with easy ingredients.

For this, first get your oven preheated at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow this up by cooking well seasoned, onions, garlic and thyme over a medium to low heat. Stir occasionally for 8-10 until your onions among the veggies are translucent. Let it cool.

Now take a huge bowl and add tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce and a cup of chicken stock. You will then have to combine the ground meat, veggie mixture, eggs and breadcrumbs to this mixture. Use a fork to squish it, but make sure it is not squished too much. You will then have to give this mixture rectangular shape and get it baked for one to one hour forty minutes. Evenly spread tomato ketchup on top and keep it under an internal temperature of 160 degrees Farhenheit. Well, that is all you have to do because your favorite meatloaf is now ready. Serve it hot to enjoy the classic flavor oozing out of the meat. This recipe is both simple and also hassle free for people who are even just getting started with meaty cooking.

Prison style meatloaf by Chef John

According to this leading chef, the main idea behind this style of meatloaf is simply to show you what exactly happens when you follow your grandparents’ cooking style.

Begin by preheating your oven up to 325 degrees and greasing a 13 inches’ baking tray. Now, while heating olive oil and butter in a large pan, add some onions, get it seasoned and cook until it is soft and translucent. Add some garlic and sauté the mixture until you get a typical smell.

As soon as you have done this, take another container and add bread crumbs in it. Couple it with some milk and stir along with a fork until the breadcrumbs perfectly capture the milk. Squish the mixture with your hands to get rid of the excessive meat. This will take about fifteen to twenty minute,

You will now have to whip up a mixture of combined ground chuck, cheese, parsley, the old onion mixture and salt & pepper. Keep stirring the mixture until it gets combined the right way. Now, bake this mixture in your preheated oven at 160 degree F for around one hour ten minutes. Your meatloaf will soon be beautifully prepared oozing out the best flavors.

Advances in cooking technology

Nowadays, there have been latest advancements in the cooking technology for coming up with better and tad more delectable meatloaves. You can always make your pick from a string of products like the non stick loaf tray, meat mold maker, digital food thermometer and so on to make your loaves better than ever. These products not only make your cooking easier, but they also ensure that none of the fat is wasted while getting your meal cooked. Go for them to enjoy a cooking experience like never before.

Vegetarian options

If you are a vegan who stays away from meat, the too you can try some alternative veggie options for the same meaty taste. You can always make your pick from the bean and lentil loaf, mushroom and sundried tomatoes loaf, sweet potato and lentil loaf, chickpea loaf and even vegan mini loaf. The veggies used here are almost the same except a couple of minor tweaks. The veggie loafs too are no less than the conventional variants and taste equally awesome.

So now that you know everything that you always wanted to know about cooking and preparing meatloaves, follow this guideline to end up with the best cooked meaty meal that you often crave. The recipes and guidelines mentioned here won’t disappoint you.

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Meatloaf – The Recipe that Took Over the World Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:13:47 +0000 Meatloaf – How the Recipe Took Over the World! (The Definitive Guide) Welcome to Moms Meatloaf Recipe: The Definitive website on everything having to do with The Meatloaf!  Here’s an overview of what we’ll cover in this article: Introduction —1 The glorious history of the meatloaf—1 Meatloaf around the world—3 So, how do you make […]

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Meatloaf – How the Recipe Took Over the World! (The Definitive Guide)
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Welcome to Moms Meatloaf Recipe: The Definitive website on everything having to do with The Meatloaf! 

Here’s an overview of what we’ll cover in this article:

Introduction —1

The glorious history of the meatloaf—1

Meatloaf around the world—3

So, how do you make meatloaf?—4

What’s the point of having a meatless meatloaf?—5

There’s a singer called Meat Loaf?!6



Meatloaf is a dish made from ground or minced meat that is mixed with other ingredients. It is then shaped into a loaf-like form and baked or smoked. Meatloaf is usually made from ground beef, but it can also be made from pork, venison, lamb, veal, poultry and even seafood. The loaf shape can be created either by hand or by putting the meat in a loaf pan.

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The glorious history of the meatloaf

The humble meatloaf is a surprisingly old dish. The first reference to a meatloaf is found in the “Apicius,” a collection of Roman recipes that is believed to have been compiled sometime in the late 4th century or early 5th century AD. The recipe called for chopped meat mixed with bread, pine nuts, spices and wine. It looked more like a patty than a loaf, however.


In Europe during the Middle Ages, people ate a meatloaf variant called pastez. It was disc-shaped and consisted of finely diced meat mixed with nuts, fruits and spices. In 17th century France, people dined on loaves made from offal and chopped meat that were preserved by a thick layer of gelatin.


A century later, Pennsylvania Dutch settlers developed scrapple, which became the ancestor of the modern American meatloaf. The Pennsylvania Dutch were and are a frugal people who wanted to get the most from their pigs. After butchering a pig and obtaining all the hams, bacon, sausage, chops and loins it had to offer, the Pennsylvania Dutch would scrape the bones for anything left. They would then mix the scraps with the heart, liver and lungs in a broth. After adding seasonings and cornmeal to the mix they would press the mush into loaves and let them set. They sliced and pan-fried the scrapple before eating it.


American Meatloaf Defined

The American version of the meatloaf developed in the late 19th century after the invention of the meat grinder. Some of the manufacturers sold recipes along with the meat grinders including some for meatloaf.

Meat Grinder _

The meatloaf’s popularity increased during the Depression, and it was during this period that meatloaf gained the status of a comfort food. It was filling and warm as well as cheap and easy to make. Meat grinders could tenderize tough cuts of meat like rump or chuck. The fillers in meatloaf let people stretch small amounts of meat.

Developments in food technology that had first appeared during World War I became more commonplace, and the 1930s saw the rise of canned and processed food. Along with crackers or bread, tapioca, quick-cooking oats, and powdered sauce mixes could serve as fillers in meatloaf. Bouillon, canned soup, Heinz ketchup and mustard were inexpensive and added to the moistness and flavor of a meatloaf.

Innovation – World War II Rationing

Cooking on a Ration

Rationing during World War II saw the evolution of the meatless meatloaf. Cookbooks like “Cooking on a Ration” (1943) advised people on how to replace meat with soy flour, rice, beans and nuts.

During the prosperity of the post-war era, fans of the meatloaf wanted to liberate it from its image of privation and austerity. There was therefore a proliferation of recipes that jazzed up the meatloaf. It could be stuffed with mushrooms or baked in a sherry-based sauce. A popular variation was the “frosted meatloaf,” in which mashed potatoes were slathered on top and then cooked until they were golden brown. The meatloaf even became a meat ring with vegetables in the middle.

Meat loaf with vegetables in middle
meat loaf swirled with mushrooms on the table

The 90’s – Gets Zesty

In the 90s, comfort foods, especially those that evoked nostalgia, became trendy, and meatloaf was one of the beneficiaries of that trend. The latest and current cooking trend is giving meatloaf an ethnic flair. One recipe, for example, calls for a “ricotta meatloaf with pecorino sauce.” Another calls for a veal loaf made with wild mushrooms, chorizo and green chile.


Meatloaf Art

Meatloaf Art - Football shaped

“Meatloaf Art” is another trend that’s popular in some circles. It involves shaping the meatloaf into a figure other than the traditional loaf. The cook can, for example, shape the meatloaf into a dinosaur. They can make small meatloafs into footballs and use cheese for the white stitiching. One fellow made a meatloaf rat using olives and radishes for the nose and eyes, spaghetti for the whiskers, sausage for the tails and ears, and chicken feet for the feet.


Meatloaf around the world

Given its long history, it should not be a surprise that variations on the meatloaf theme can be found all over the world. As the Romans conquered much of the known world, they brought their meatloaf recipes with them. Over time, people modified these recipes to make use of local meats, vegetables, and spices.

In Italy, meatloaf is called polpettone, which is derived from polpette, the word for “meatball.” Polpettone is something like a king-sized meatball that is big enough to serve a family, and it can be round or loaf-shaped. It is usually made from several types of ground meat, typically a mix of veal, beef and pork. Herbs and grated cheese are added to the mix, and beaten eggs combined with day-old bread soaked in milk are used to lighten it. Polpettone is often stuffed, and the ingredients for the stuffing can vary. Ingredients for the stuffing can include more ground meat, hard-boiled eggs and different types of cheese.

Kofta is a group of meatball or meatloaf dishes found in the Middle East, the Ballkans and parts of Asia. In their simplest form, they consist of ground meat mixed with onions and spices. Koftas can be made from many different types of meat depending on the country. In India, koftas can be wholly vegetarian and the meat part is replaced with banana, calabash, potato or a type of cheese called paneer.


Bobotie is a popular dish from South Africa, and it is thought to be patterned after an Indonesian dish called “bobotok,” which was meat topped with custard. It was first described in a Dutch cookbook in 1609. Back then, it was usually made from a mixture of pork and mutton; modern bobotie is typically made from lamb or beef. Other common ingredients include dried fruit like raisins or apricots, bread soaked in milk, and curry. It has an egg-based topping garnished with chutneys, bananas and walnuts.


Haslet or Acelet is a pork meatloaf that originated in Lincolnshire, England. The name comes from the Old French word hastilles, which means “entrails.” In addition to ground pork, other ingredients include stale white bread, black pepper, salt and sage. It can be served as a sandwich or with a salad and pickles. The Welsh version is made from pig’s liver, onions and minced potatoes.


Forloren Hare or “Mock Hare” is the Danish version of the meatloaf. It’s made with pork and beef, cream, eggs, bread crumbs and seasonings. Bacon strips are draped lengthwise over it, and the whole loaf is cooked until the bacon has turned brown. It is usually served with gravy.



So, how do you make meatloaf?

There are lots of recipes for meatloaf, and they can range from basic to elaborate. Paula Deen provided the following basic recipe for “The Old-Fashioned Meatloaf”:

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons of salt
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons of black pepper
  • ½ cup of chopped bell pepper
  • ½ cup of chopped onion
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • ¼ cup of quick-cooking oats
  • 8 ounces of diced tomatoes with juice

The ingredients for the topping include:

  • 1/3 cup of ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon of prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar


The directions are similarly simple. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Mix all the meatloaf ingredients thoroughly and shape them into a loaf. Put the meatloaf in a baking dish. Mix the topping ingredients and then spread the topping on the loaf.

Mixing the ingredients and making the loaf will take about 10 minutes. Baking will take about an hour, and the finished product serves four people.


Vegetarian or meatless meatloaf is quite popular in some circles. The challenge lies in making a dish with no meat in it feel and taste like it has meat in it. As with regular meatloaf, there are many recipes, and some use vegetarian burgers as the meat substitute. Other recipes, like the one below, get more creative:

  • 1 cup of lentils
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of quick-cooking oats
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ¾ cup of grated cheese, which can be American cheese, Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 ½ ounces of tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce
  • ½ teaspoon of seasoning salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried parsley


Boil the water and salt in a saucepan. Add the lentils and cover the pan, and let the lentils simmer for 25 to 30 minutes until the lentils are soft and most of the water has evaporated. Then drain and partially mash the lentils and put them in a mixing bowl to cool.


Stir in the cheese, oats and onion until thoroughly mixed. Add the egg, sauce, salt, pepper, basil, and garlic powder and mix thoroughly. Grease a loaf pan and spoon the mixture into it.


Bake the meatloaf at 350° F for 30 to 45 minutes until the top of the loaf is golden-brown, firm and dry. Let it cool for about 10 minutes and then serve. It makes four to six servings.



What’s the point of having a meatless meatloaf?

The vegetarian meatloaf is, believe it or not, better for the environment. Raising livestock takes a lot more land, water and energy than raising crops does. In fact, raising livestock uses more land than any other industry. A staggering 30 percent of ice-free land, arable or otherwise, goes to raising livestock, and 26 percent of that land is used as pastures for animals to graze. About a third of arable land is used to raise food for livestock. About 85 percent of the freshwater used in the US goes to agricultural irrigation, and it takes 100 times as much water to produce a pound of meat as it does to produce a pound of grain.


Meat is less efficient and feeds fewer people than crops do, simply because there’s an extra step involved in producing it. Eating vegetables or fruits involves planting a crop and eating the results. Eating meat involves raising crops to feed the animals and then eating the animals. According to some researchers, the land used to raise food for animals could be used to raise food for over four billion people.


Beef production is especially bad for the environment. In 2014, the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” published a study describing the problems associated with raising beef cattle, beginning with the fact they produce five times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions as pork, poultry, eggs and dairy combined. Similarly, beef cattle need 28 times as much land and 11 times as much water as the other categories put together.


The researchers used data covering from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) covering the years from 2000 to 2010. They used the data to calculate the resources needed to produce the feed for all livestock. They also calculated how much feed a given animal would need to eat in order to gain a kilogram of weight. The researchers then calculated the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by raising food crops and by animals’ digestion ad manure.


Cows are ruminants and can eat a wide variety of plants, but they have a low “energy conversion from what they eat.” In other words, it takes a lot of cattle feed to get a pound of meat from a beef cow. According to the Stanford University, it takes eight pounds of grain to produce one pound of cow – and that includes the inedible parts like the bones. In fact, only 40 percent of a cow is edible. It therefore takes 20 pounds of grain to produce of pound of beef. By contrast, it takes 7.3 pounds of feed to produce one pound of pork and 4.5 pounds of feed to produce one pound of chicken.


Given all that, eating meat, especially beef is bad for the environment. The meatless meatloaf is the more environmentally friendly option.



There’s a singer called Meat Loaf?!

Yes, there is. His real name is Marvin Lee Aday, and he was born in Dallas, Texas in 1947. It’s not clear where he picked up the nickname, at least partly because he has told so many stories about it. It is known that he has had a weight problem his whole life, and some of the stories reference that. In one tale, his football coach called him “Meat Loaf” because of his girth.


In any case, he began performing in 1967, as a member of a band called “Meat Loaf Soul.” He also acted and performed in the musical “Hair.” Some years later, he performed in “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and played Eddie in the 1975 movie that starred Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon.


His most successful album was “Bat Out of Hell,” a rock opera that came out in 1977. The best known songs form that album were “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.” He struggled during with drug and money problems during the late 70s and early 80s, but he continued to sing and tour. In 1993, he enjoyed a comeback with “Bat Out of Hell II,” which sold 15 million albums. He also appeared in movies like “Wayne’s World” (1992) and “Fight Club” (1999).


Meat Loaf still tours and sings, and his next album, “Brave and Crazy,” is expected to come out in 2016.

This rat meatloaf has got to be the most unsavory food item ever



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The Best Meatloaf Recipe – The Definitive Guide Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:46:08 +0000 The Definitive Guide to the Best Meatloaf Recipe There is no doubt that meatloaf is a leading comfort food; not just for Americans but for many people around the world. This universal dish is endeared by many, thanks to its smoking hot, zesty, tasty, deliciousness!   Lotta Choices : How Do We Choose? Teasing. Just teasing.. […]

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The Definitive Guide to the Best Meatloaf Recipe

The Best Meatloaf Recipe -

There is no doubt that meatloaf is a leading comfort food; not just for Americans but for many people around the world. This universal dish is endeared by many, thanks to its smoking hot, zesty, tasty, deliciousness!  

Lotta Choices : How Do We Choose?

So many meatloaf recipe choices

Teasing. Just teasing.. kind of.  

There are numerous variations on meatloaf recipes and in this regard, the best meatloaf to one person might not be the best to another (take note please). In light of this, there are many superb recipes out there from different cultures and locations. Due to that fact, if you have been looking around for the best meatloaf recipe and have found yourself at a loss.. well, you;ve come to the right place!  If you are looking for the ultimate guide on all things meatloaf, you are ALSO in the right place. This article delves deeper into the history of the playful, crazy dish to fully understand what the best recipes are and how they apply in the modern day. In addition, the following guide will look at some of the top recipes available; among other resources.

First though...what exactly is a meatloaf dish?

Meatloaf the singer not meatloaf the dish

Meatloaf is a dynamic dish with its base ingredients consisting of ground meat or a ground meat substitute and bread. This is a dish that enjoys great versatility as different cultures use different ingredients to enhance their version. It utilizes common ingredients and this is one of the reasons why it resonates with a lot of people. Below is a look at its history; where this dish was birthed and how it came about to earn great popularity.

History of the meatloaf and the best recipes therein

The mother of meatloaf recipes dates back to the 4th or 5th century AD.

meatloaf eaters in the 4th century
These guys definitely ate some meatloaf. For sure.

This is because a famous Roman cookbook has the earliest recipe ever forever!  This cookbook is known as Apicius.

Cooking Guide: Apicius

In this cooking guide, patties were made using chopped meat mixed with both bread and wine. This idea took root because by the time the 1800s rolled in, the American meatloaf had been inspired.

Apicius : Meatloaf in the Old Days

Thanks to manufacturers of meat grinders, the idea of mixing ground meat together with other ingredients became popular and great recipes were born. As time progressed, meatloaf recipes kept cropping up with different meats being explored from pork to veal and poultry.

(Hundreds and hundreds of years later)

By the 1900s, there were all manner of versions that saw meatloaf recipes go a notch higher. The dish has never been more tasteful with so many ingredient probabilities; choices and choices and choices.. all depending on your taste buds!  This not withstanding that the meatloaf recipe exploration had been adopted by other countries. Below is a look at the best recipes by country.

Best Meatloaf Recipes by Country

United States 

Captain America eats Meatloaf
He Eats Meatloaf - with veggie substitute.

As alluded to earlier, the meatloaf has always been part of the American culture. During the Great Depression, the recipe saw families stretch their food by mixing in different ingredients with affordable meat

(aka Spam..this stuff). spam meatloaf


Today, this comfort food enjoys excellent variations and many ingredients can be added to change the taste or spice it up accordingly.

7th Favorite Food In the US!


In 2007, it is worth noting that meatloaf was voted as the 7th favorite food in the United States according to Good Housekeeping.

The best recipes have evolved from just mixing leftovers.

  • Meatloaf will be eaten with a sauce or relish.
  • When it comes to baking, it is common practice for pasta sauce or tomato sauce to be brushed over the loaf to form an attractive crust.
  • Brown sugar or onion gravy is also common and used in similar manner. Ketchup and brown sugar are often mixed to garnish the meatloaf dish.

Meatloaf sauce
Type of Meatloaf Sauce

This mixture is commonly referred to as the meatloaf sauce.

Meatloaf frosted with mashed potato and brushed with some butter can be browned in the oven to form a very common version of the American meatloaf. In most cases, people will have the dish warm as part of the major course. Some people enjoy cold meatloaf slices and no matter how you like it, this dish continues to be one of the top restaurant offerings all over the United States. It is the ease of making the dish that makes it so popular alongside its enchanting flavorful allure.

United Kingdom

Their best meatloaf recipe is made using pork and herbs.

Haslet Meatloaf

This meatloaf is commonly known as haslet. White bread that is often stale together with ground pork are mixed using sage, black pepper and salt. This dish is commonly served cold and goes together with pickles or a salad as desired. This meatloaf is also used by people as a filling for a sandwich. There are many other versions to find in the United Kingdom but this is the most common and original recipe. It originates from Lincolnshire.

South Africa

South Africans have a very interesting version of the meatloaf. This dish is commonly known as bobotie in a native language. This is a typical Western Cape dish but it is enjoyed all over the country by many.

In essence, it has been seen as a signature dish in the country.

Bobotie South Africa Meatloaf

This meatloaf is made to be somewhat sweet; thanks to the curry spices and dried apricots that constitute it. Almonds, milk and whipped eggs are other ingredients to find in this dish. Originally, this recipe was brought to the country by the Malay community who originated from the West Indies. This dish is made with an egg topping adding flavorful appeal to people who taste it.


In the Philippines, the meatloaf version is commonly referred to as embotido. It is made with ground pork that is seasoned well together with minced carrots, sausages and eggs that are boiled whole.

Embotido Meatloaf

There are several other variations in the country when it comes to meatloaf recipes. It is a very popular dish in the country and enjoys great prestige in this regard.


The Danish meatloaf recipe is another popular version. It is made with ground pork, beef and bacon strips. It goes well with mashed potatoes; or which can also be boiled. The meatloaf is then sweetened using brown sauce and red currant jelly.

Danish Meatloaf

Jewish meatloaf

This recipe is indeed universal and the Jewish people have not been left behind. Their best recipe sees the dish served cold or hot. Whole boiled eggs are many times used as a filing. The dish is called Klops; which is a German word meaning meatball. There are many other countries that have their unique meatloaf recipes.

Klops Jewish Meatloaf

What constitutes the best meatloaf recipe?

There are many elements that make a meatloaf recipe the best; and below is an insight in this regard.

- Must be moist and tender

If you make meatloaf that has meat that is dried out, then you will not have used the best recipe. This dish must be moist and tender even when using low fat meats like chicken or turkey. There are several secrets to achieving tenderness with your dish. The most important secret is to make sure that you used meat that has enough fat content. Consider mixing pork with your lean meat to boost the fat content. A combination of beef, veal, lamb or pork will wok really well. Another secret to tenderness and moisture is to add wet ingredients like BBQ sauce, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

- Must have superb seasoning

When the dish is lacking regarding seasoning, it will not have that superior taste. Pepper and salt are key to ensure that the meat is kept in top shape in this regard. Season the meat first and adding some spices and dried herbs can also make the taste more dramatic. A meatloaf dish that has not been well seasoned will not qualify to be the best recipe.

- Vegetables must be used carefully

Some people like the crunchy feel of raw vegetables in meatloaf but the best recipes will advise that you cook your vegetables first. The best vegetables to use for this dish include carrots, onions, celery; among others. The key is to saute them first in olive oil; then cook them accordingly. They will not just have tenderness but will also add some moisture to the dish.

- Bread must not be dry

Stale bread for meatloaf can be dry when the meat is added. To this effect, the best thing is to soak the bread in milk until softness is achieved. This simple act will ensure that your meatloaf stands out as the best.

- Must be nice and juicy

The best meatloaf is one that is full of juicy goodness. Most people do not leave the dish to rest after removing from the oven; in turn, the juices are compromised. Therefore, allow some time when the dish is done before cutting into it.

Some of the best meatloaf recipes

There are numerous recipes to talk about but the following are top three recipes that stand out.

1. Country Meat Loaf and Potato Casserole

This is a simple Amish country recipe that is ideal for any person looking to make a superb meat loaf.


Half cup chopped onion

one and a half pounds ground beef

Two slices of white bread that are chopped into pieces

An egg

Quarter cup ketchup

A teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

Half a teaspoon salt and an equal amount of black pepper

3 cups of mashed potatoes that are well seasoned


- First coat a baking dish with cooking spray and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl with the exception of mashed potatoes. Then, bake the combination for about 35 minutes and remove from the oven. The mashed potatoes should be spread evenly on top after draining any excess oil or fat.

- After this, return the whole combination to the oven and bake for a further 20 or 30 minutes.

Enjoy hot with any side relish as desired.

2. Cheesy Stuffed Meatloaf

This is an exciting recipe that is definitely a winner.


Two eggs

About three slices of white bread chopped into small pieces

Two pounds lean ground beef

Yellow mustard quarter cup

A teaspoon of salt

Half a teaspoon of black pepper

Two cups of shredded cheddar cheese

Two slices scallions

A cup of barbecue sauce


- Start by coating a baking dish with cooking spray and preheating the oven to 350 degree F.

- Then continue by combining beef, eggs, bread, mustard, salt and pepper into a medium bowl. Use your hands to achieve an even mixture. Use a wax paper and pat firmly.

- Cheese and scallions should be combined in a small bowl then the mixture spread evenly across the ground beef. Remove the wax paper by rolling up jelly roll-style. Seal the ends accordingly.

- Bake for about 45 minutes after pouring a half of the barbecue sauce over the beef roll. After removing from oven, pour the rest of the barbecue sauce over the roll and return to oven for about 15 minutes. Allow about 10 minutes cooling before you serve after cutting into slices.

3. Zucchini Meatloaf

This is an interesting fresh twist to your meatloaf.


Two pounds extra lean ground beef

A cup of grated zucchini

Half a cup chopped onion

Two cloves of minced garlic cloves

Half a cup of wheat bread crumbs

Teaspoon of salt, dried oregano and black pepper

Quarter cup of water

Two teaspoons of tomato sauce and an egg substitute


- Start by preheating the oven to about 350 degrees F. In addition, coat a baking pan with cooking spray.

- All the ingredients apart from tomato sauce should be mixed together in a large bowl. The meat mixture should be placed in the baking loaf pan while you brush some tomato sauce on top.

- Bake for up to one hour and allow 10 minutes before you serve the dish.

Are there options for vegetarians?

Meatloaf recipes are very dynamic and you will find many options for vegetarians. A good meat alternative is what it takes. Instead of ground beef, people can use drained and rinsed chickpeas. Apart from being excellent regarding taste, they are very healthy for vegetarians. Other options are beans, lentils, sweet potatoes, quinoa and even mushrooms. There is a world of vegetables that can be used to add to the flavors not to mention spices and herbs. In this regard, meatloaf recipes are for everyone.

When do people enjoy their meatloaf dish?

The truth of the matter is that it does not have to be a special occasion to enjoy meatloaf. People take this comfort food whenever they need to spice up their taste buds. Having said this, families enjoy meatloaf symbolically during get-togethers like Thanksgivings Day. This dish can be taken for breakfast, lunch or even supper. It really depends on what you want. It is definitely one of the most dynamic dishes that is easy to prepare and savory to taste.

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Steak and Shake Menu Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:11:55 +0000 Steak and Shake Menu For one of the best quick-stop, food filling stations head over to your local eater and check out the Steak and Shake Menu!  These guys have an extensive menu and with Shakes that most would travel the globe for, stopping off at one of these on a road trip is a no-brainer! […]

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Steak and Shake Menu

For one of the best quick-stop, food filling stations head over to your local eater and check out the Steak and Shake Menu!  These guys have an extensive menu and with Shakes that most would travel the globe for, stopping off at one of these on a road trip is a no-brainer!

Steak and Shake Menu

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Best Buy Hours Wed, 22 Jun 2016 05:45:11 +0000 Best Buy Hours In General :  Monday – Saturday, 10am – 9pm                          Sunday , 11am – 8pm For specific Best Buy hours, please visit here: This is without a doubt one of our family’s favorite stores and on a road trip it can come […]

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Best Buy Hours

Best Buy Hours Logo

In General :  Monday – Saturday, 10am – 9pm

                         Sunday , 11am – 8pm

Best Buy Store Front
Best Buy Store Front

For specific Best Buy hours, please visit here:

This is without a doubt one of our family’s favorite stores and on a road trip it can come in awful handy as a little rest and respite stop!  The store locations are convenient and usually nestled in with other eatery type places. The Best Buy hours are relatively long and so you will be able to visit them pretty much anytime on a road trip. With all of the TV’s, speakers, video games etc, it acts as a place for the parents to stretch the legs and grab a drink while the kids play with the endless gadgets.

In case you didn’t know, from Wikipedia, “Best Buy is an American multinational consumer electronics corporation headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota, which is a Minnesota suburb. It operates in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. All Best Buy Stores in China were closed in February 2011 and merged with Five Star.”

Pick up an attention grabbing device for the kid, grab some candy, maybe a movie for later, back in the car and on your way!  Best Buy is a dynamic pit stop locale and definitely gets two thumbs up from us as a comfort stop, until you can get back to all that comfort food!

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Whataburger Menu Fri, 06 May 2016 18:52:14 +0000 Whataburger Menu Wherever You May Go Here we go again!   After a fun little gathering last night chatting about the nature of fast food and how it would be helpful to have menu’s ahead of time for long family road trips, Whataburger and it’s menu came up.   As so many folks really enjoy […]

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Whataburger Menu Wherever You May Go

Here we go again!   After a fun little gathering last night chatting about the nature of fast food and how it would be helpful to have menu’s ahead of time for long family road trips, Whataburger and it’s menu came up.   As so many folks really enjoy their Whataburger, we decided to add their menu to our site so that it can be accessible anywhere, easily.Whataburger_logo

Whataburger began it’s influential gastronomy in San Antonio, Texas and has now spread across America.

Paul Burton and Harmon Dobson, in the middle of the 20th century decided they wanted to own a burger joint that would “make a better burger that took two hands to hold and tasted so good that when you took a bite you would say ‘What a burger!'”  It was summertime in 1950 when Dobson received the Whataburger trademark. In August of that year they opened their first location on Ayers Street in Corpus Christi, Texas, across from Del Mar College.[1][5] The store sold burgers for 25 cents, and also sold drinks and chips.[1]

From their forward, they expanded and expanded and now have hundreds of cities across the United States of America proclaiming “What A Burger!!”

And now, without further ado., the menu!

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