Monday, July 9, 2012

Day 2 - Meatloaf

2 Wasa sesame rye crackers, crushed in a food processor  (I didn't have any of these, so I just crushed up some fake bread)
1/3 cup milk
1.5 to 2 lbs. hamburger
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup green bell pepper, minced
1/2 cup chopped onion
6 garlic cloves, pressed
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (I used 2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons ketchup or strained salsa
4 bacon strips

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and put the Wasa crackers (or fake bread) in a small bowl, and pour the milk over it.  Set aside.
Next, put the meat in a large bowl.
Afterwards, melt the butter in a skillet, and then add the green pepper and onions.  Cook for about 3 minutes while stirring.
Add the sauteed (pretend there's an accent mark there) pepper and onions to the meat and everything else besides the ketchup and bacon.
Then lightly mix with your (clean) hands.

After all the mixing fun, put the meat loaf into a glass loaf pan, and spread the ketchup or salsa over the top.
Then, lay the strips of bacon over top.  (I was not able to fit four pieces, so I only put on three, each one cut in half.)
Bake the meatloaf for 55 minutes to an hour or so.

And now we're DONE.

Mom - "Mmm mmm, good."
Dad - "I thought the spice and the bacon was a  nice touch."

**If I were to change this recipe, I would probably add bacon bits to the mixture, so you would get a little bit of bacon in every bite.


I made some simple smoothies for dessert, using only some frozen raspberries and black berries with some Greek yogurt - all mixed up in the blender.


  1. Aunt Maria - I don't see your comment on my blog, but to answer your question, fake bread is what we call these Multi grain pop cakes that we found at Wegmans. They have no sugar, no fat, no preservatives, etc.

    (We call it fake bread because we are on a low carb diet and bread has so many carbs that we needed a substitute, so we found these which only have 4 carbs. We call it fake bread because dad couldn't remember what they were called, so he renamed them "fake bread.")

  2. Bonus! Did you know that Fake Bread shrinks? Yes, it's true. I was in a hurry packing breakfast earlier this week, and stuck a few celery sticks into a ziploc bag with a round of Fake Bread. Set the bag aside, forgot to eat any of it, and about a day later, the circle of bread was about half its original diameter. Guess the moisture from the celery found its way into the bread. Gets really chewy, too.