It's nice when I find a meal where the foods compliment each other because it simplifies my life by knowing what to serve with what. Of course I don't have to stick to any one meal plan; I can mix and match the main dishes and sides, but a lot of the time I'm in a hurry and don't have a lot of time to think about it. I already have quite a few meals like this up my sleeve, but when I find a NEW one to add to my collection I get happy because it adds a little more variety to our meal choices.
I'd like to share some of my new and old meal plans with you in hopes of helping you with the question `what do I make for dinner'. Here's a meal that we have tried lately where the foods complimented each other really well. The food items aren't necessarily new for us, but the flavors are and that makes a big difference.
- Honey Barbecue Meatloaf
- Ranch Mashed Potatoes
- Your choice of vegetable (I just heat up a can of green beans or corn)
- Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Honey Cinnamon Butter
Make Ahead Tips: You can make the Honey Cinnamon Butter ahead of time and refrigerate until serving. You can also prepare the meat loaf and refrigerate it before baking.
- 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup oats -- quick cooking
- 1/3 cup barbecue sauce -- honey flavored
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon mustard -- prepared
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 pound ground beef
In a large bowl, stir together soup mix, egg, oats, barbecue sauce, onion, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic powder, salt, pepper and chili powder. Add beef and mix well. Press into an ungreased 8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Top with ketchup. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
- Yields: 4 servings
- Preparation Time: 90 minutes
- Make mashed potatoes as you usually do but omit the butter and add ranch dressing and cream cheese to taste along with less milk than usual. Top with grated cheddar cheese.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons applesauce
- 1 medium tart apple -- peeled & grated
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine -- cold
- 1/2-cup oatmeal -- old fashioned
In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Add the egg, milk, oil and applesauce and stir until just moistened. Fold in apple. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. For topping, combine brown sugar and flour. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in oats. Sprinkle over muffins. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm with Honey Cinnamon Butter (recipe follows).
- Yields: 1 dozen
- Preparation Time: 30 minutes
- 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl; beat until smooth. Serve with muffins, toast, bagels, French toast or pancakes. Refrigerate any leftovers.
- Yields: 1 1/3 cups
- Preparation Time: 5 minutes
In the meantime, keep your eyes open for Meal Two.Editor's Note: For more mouth-watering beef recipes, check out The Beef Recipe E-book. For more delicious muffin recipes, check out The Breads, Muffins and More Recipe E-book. Get Monica's FREE weekly e-zine for homemakers! To subscribe, just send a blank e-mail to [email protected].