Homemade Meatloaf, cakes, frugal food



Today has been a busy day, cooking, quilting, making kiddie cakes and be thrifty with food.


Heres what we had for tea, American Meatloaf. Its an easy recipe and you can make it in the morning and cook after work.



Serves : 8 

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  •   1large celery stick, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  •   450g lean minced beef
  • 75g fresh breadcrumbs (white or wholemeal)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 80g can chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper



Prep:35min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (gas 4). Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan, add the onions, celery, green pepper and garlic and cook gently for 5 minutes over a medium heat until soft. Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl.
  2. Add the beef, breadcrumbs and egg to the vegetables, season with salt and pepper and knead the mixture with your hands.
  3. Combine the tomatoes with their juice and the ketchup in a small bowl. Add half to the meatloaf mixture and mix again.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a lightly greased baking dish or roasting tin and shape to make a loaf, measuring about 25 x 18cm, mounding it slightly in the centre. Make a lengthways groove down the centre with the side of your hand and pour the remaining tomato mixture into the groove.
  5. Bake for 1 1/4 hours or until cooked through to the centre. (If you have a meat thermometer, it should read 71°C when the loaf is cooked.) Allow to stand for 10 minutes before slicing, using a sharp knife.

After this we made cornflake cake………you dont need that recipe but I would like to say the chocolate we melted was milk chocolate from Aldi at 30p……bargain.


Every week on the day I do the food shop I cleaned the fridge and cupboards out to see what I can save.


Next ive halved the mince for the meatloaf and froze that for a later date.





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