Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf

For our wedding, we did things a little less traditional. One thing I was adamant about was asking for guest to provide a recipe in lieu of signing a guest book. My thought process was to put together a cookbook/photo album. The idea being we would look at our photos more often. Plus, we would think of all our amazing friends and family being at our wedding when we prepared their recipes.

c21ff084-03cf-4e12-89d3-ec296f8c478cThe first step was creating a recipe card. In a former life, I used to spend a fair amount of my day creating items in software like InDesign. When I couldn’t find what I wanted or wasn’t willing to pay the price on Etsy, I created items myself for the wedding. This is a copy of the recipe card I created. We mailed them with the wedding invitation so people could be prepared. I figured none of my friends and family have a web-based recipe blog like I do actually pull up their favorite recipes when they arrived at the wedding.

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Photography by Joseph Sands Images

After the wedding was over and we had the disk of our photos, I spent several days putting this cookbook together. This included everything from picking just the right font to counting the number of family members on each of our sides in the photos to make sure it was a fair representation. The end result was a cookbook that we printed for our parents and siblings as a Christmas gift. A few years back, I had done a family recipe cookbook for my mom and sister. They loved it and use it often.

The first recipe we prepared from our cookbook came from Jeremiah’s Uncle Johnny and Aunt Angie. I think the first people I met in Jeremiah’s family may have been Johnny and Angie. As you know, we are breakfast/brunch people. We used to go early on Saturday mornings to Corner Café before I headed out to work. Johnny and Angie would join her family for breakfast at the restaurant. They’d usually be arriving as we were leaving. Such a sweet couple. Unfortunately, we are no longer close to that Corner Café so we don’t run into them at breakfast time anymore.

Johnny and Angie shared their meatloaf recipe. It’s very tasty. That said, I would make a recommendation that you mix it right before you cook it. We get home so late from work that we decided to prep it the night before. When pulled it out of the fridge to cook it the next day, the pan was a little watery from the diced tomatoes. We hope you enjoy this more complex meatloaf recipe – and Jeremiah’s artist side with the pepper rings.

Meatloaf by Jon and Angie Slater
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1 lb. ground beef
½ c. chopped yellow onion
½ c. chopped green pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 c. canned diced tomatoes with juice
½ c. quick oats
1 ¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper

Topping
1/3 c. ketchup
2 T. brown sugar
1 tsp. yellow mustard

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix all meatloaf ingredients except topping. Shape into a loaf in baking dish. Mix all topping ingredients in a small bowl and spread over loaf. Bake for 1 hour.

Pork Tenderloin

An easy Asian inspired recipe.

Asian Inspired Pork LoinPork Tenderloin from Pinterest
1 package of pork tenderloin (2-2.5 lbs)
4 garlic cloves
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 T. mustard
4 T. honey
4 T. orange juice
1 T. rosemary
salt and black pepper
3 T. Olive Oil

Grease a 13 x 9 pan. Place pork loin(s) in dish. In a bowl, mix together remaining ingredients. Pour over pork. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, basting half way through. Let it sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes:

  • I cut a 1.5 lb. pork tenderloin in half and placed it in a smaller baking dish. I thought the meat was a little pink for my taste. I cooked an additional 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • I used a honey dijon mustard.
  • I was a little short on honey so I added 1 T. of light syrup.
  • I used jar chopped garlic. I probably put in two teaspoons.
  • I made this recipe with light soy sauce.

Panko Salmon

I was having dinner with my friend Kelly over Christmas break. I was telling her how I was going to be cooking a bunch of meals for my grandparents while I was home. The goal is to make it like Social Supper for them – prep, freeze, thaw, and cook. I also told Kelly that I needed some healthier dishes that were not chicken or turkey based as my Grandpa won’t eat those meats. She had this great Weight Watcher recipe suggestion. I’ve eaten something similar with chicken so it sounded perfect. Give it a try to help you achieve those New Year’s resolutions.

HoneyMustard_SalmonPanko Salmon by Kelly Howard
4 salmon filets
1/2 c. Panko bread crumbs
3 T. honey mustard
1 T. honey
a touch of paprika and thyme (optional)

Mix mustard and honey together. Brush on thawed salmon. Roll in bread crumbs. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Note: I served it with a half serving of Weight Watchers Smart Ones – Mac and Cheese.