10/13/11

A Funny Monday (Meatloaf)

Monday was one of those funny nights.  One of those nights that lots of my beloved plans were thrown out the window.  

It all started with our premarital counseling session.  This was followed by an impromptu drive in the country with a big beer coupled with a honeymoon planning discussion.  The big beer pretty much catapulted my point counting out the window for that day.  

Once home, an impromptu football gathering occurred that involved french onion dip, Paula Deen's Chicken and Wild Rice casserole, and the meat loaf that I'd already planned on making. 

I was going to have the meatloaf with green beans, but french onion dip works, too.

But life is short, and dip is good so I embraced this funny Monday. 


Meatloaf
adapted from Food.com

1/2 of an onion, diced small
1/2 of a red bell pepper, diced small
1 zucchini, diced small
3 cloves of garlic, diced small
1 tsp salt
a few dashes of pepper
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
cooking spray
1 lb lean ground beef (95/5)
1 egg
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce with basil and oregano (divided)

Preheat oven to 375.

Spray a large skillet with cooking spray, cook the onion, zucchini, pepper, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and basil for about 10 minutes.  Cool to room temperature...stick it in the fridge to hurry that along if you'd like. 

Mix beef, egg, and half of tomato sauce in a large bowl.  Add the vegetables to the bowl. 

Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray, place the meat mixture in the pan.  Cook the meatloaf for an hour.  

Divide into six equal slices. 

Serving size 1 slice
Points plus 4 

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