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Hiding My Vegetables-Not Under My Plate! 
Feb. 27, 2012 9:21 pm 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2012 7:59 pm

       Sometimes, I have to hide vegetables in the dinners I serve.  As a mom, I am always trying to get my family to eat more fruits and vegetables. So, tonight we ate Sunday Meatloaf by Patricia Van Houten. Everyone cleaned their plates and my husband went back for seconds. It was a tasty moist meatloaf with plenty of vegetables and also fiber.  Shh! in the meatloaf are hidden carrots, tomatoes, celery, and oatmeal. Sounds odd? Perhaps, but it works for getting my family to eat veggies.

     A couple of years ago, I watched a Bobby Flay Throw Down on meatloaf. The Collucci Brothers made a meatloaf with loads of veggies. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/throwdown-with-bobby-flay/meatloaf-recipe/index.html<  My family has enjoyed the Collucci Brothers' meatloaf many times. When I ran across the Sunday Meatloaf with veggies and fiber I had to try it.

Tonight's Dinner consisted of:

Sunday Meatloaf 

Parsley Red Potatoes

Tossed Salad with Italian Restaurant Style Dressing

Green Beans




Tossed Salad with Italian Restaurant Style Dressing

By Barb


Tweaking the Recipes

I usually end up tweaking recipes when I don't have the ingredients on hand. So, shopping in my pantry was on the to do list today. 

The Meatloaf

I used frozen carrots, just because it is easier to incorporate in the meatloaf. (First, place frozen carrots in a small amount of water and microwave them until soft.) This probably took less than a minute. I diced up all the veggies and blended the tomatoes.

I added 1/3 cup of  diced onion (I may add more next time.) I sauteed carrots, celery, and onions in a little olive oil. I let the veggie mixture cool before mixing with the meatloaf. The reason I sauteed the vegetables is because my family doesn't like crunchy stuff in meatloaf.

Onion Soup Mix

The meatloaf called for onion soup mix. I never have any of the onion soup mix on hand. So, I whipped up the AR onion soup mix by Mommakittyto3 in a couple of minutes. It was simple to make. One batch of AR onion soup mix is used in the meatloaf.

Some of the Sunday Meatloaf reviews mentioned the meatloaf was too salty. I asked a question about Sunday meatloaf on the buzz about the saltiness. So, to be on the safe side I used a cup of tomatoes with less salt.

The Sunday Meatloaf also calls for bacon; I didn't use bacon due to the salt factor. I baked the meatloaf for about 36 minutes. Other than the above changes I followed the recipe.

Why didn't I make the 2 and 1/2 pounds of meatloaf into one big meatloaf?

      I mixed up the meatloaf and gave half of the raw mixture to my son-in-law to bake at home. My daughter was not feeling well today. She had a sinus infection and a double ear infection. So, at least part of the meatloaf I gave away went to good use, not to mention the hidden vegetables that were in the meatloaf. 

The Tossed Salad

Although I had tomatoes in my salad today, I forgot to take a photo of the salad, so I had to dig up a salad photo using the above dressing.  Oopsie!

Parsley Red Potatoes

My family has always liked these potatoes. No changes to the recipe here. I am sure most of you don't need a recipe for these, but I thought I would include the AR recipe by Julie Jahnke. 

Green Beans

Yes, those are canned green beans. Call the Green Bean Control Squad!  I prefer frozen green beans or fresh green beans. However, my husband was so proud of himself when he came home with his cans of bargain green beans. So, we had to eat them. No wasting food here!

A Question For You:

What ways do you incorporate veggies in your wonderful meals?


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Sunday's Meatloaf
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Tossed Salad with Italian Restaurant Dressing
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Feb. 28, 2012 3:30 pm
Hey Lela! First what a wonderful meal you had there! The boys are grown and gone but meat loaf was the "YUCK" meal of the week! Since Jim and I love meat loaf it was a keeper... the next night I made spaghetti... with the left over meatloaf... they love spaghetti! Now I don't have to hide veges from the boys... They love to cook and eat!
Feb. 28, 2012 7:13 pm
Hi Terry! Good idea to make spaghetti with the meatloaf. I will have to remember that the next time I have meatloaf. My favorite thing to do with meatloaf is make meatloaf sandwiches. Yum!
Feb. 29, 2012 4:22 am
Lela - first of all - beautiful pictures!! My dear son, Steve (the one who just moved out west) has always hated veggies. I never was one to sneak much - he could always figure it out. But, every once in a while I could pull it off. The easiest way was make zucchini cakes, muffins, cookies, etc.
Feb. 29, 2012 6:01 am
Hi Mother Ann, I know what you mean. My son still doesn't like zucchini bread, just because it has zucchini in it. However, maybe vegetables in a cookie might work.
Mar. 3, 2012 9:38 am
I grate carrots and other veggies into meatloaf all the time. I love the flavor it adds.
Mar. 3, 2012 7:59 pm
Two Sweet Pickles I think using veggies makes a moist meatloaf instead of a dry meatloaf. Thanks for stopping by.
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
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I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
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I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
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Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
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My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
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