Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Meat Love

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In our family we call this Meat Love, not Meat Loaf! That's because when Vince was about 3 years old he asked me one day if we could have Meat Love again for dinner! It took me a few seconds to figure what he was talking about! Ever since then Meat Loaf has been affectionately called Meat Love in our home!
To me, this is the ultimate comfort food-- meat love, roasted-garlic mashed potatoes with chives and roasted brussel sprouts!!! This is the meal I chose as my final meal on Sunday night right before I started Weight Watchers on Monday morning! There won't be any meat love and mashed potatoes for awhile but at least I can still eat brussel sprouts! (Actually, I can still eat meat loaf and potatoes on WW, just not very much).

Here's the guy that made meat loaf so much more fun! This photo was taken last weekend when he was out fly fishing....a major passion of his!
My (very simple, but good) Meat Love recipe:
2 lbs ground beef (or a equal combination of beef, pork, & veal)
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 finely diced onion
2 slices of bacon

Preheat oven to 350. Butter loaf pan. Mix all ingredients together (use your hands) except for the bacon. Place meat mixture in loaf pan and lay slices of bacon on top. Bake for 45-60 minutes. Remove from pan and place on serving dish. Serve with ketchup!

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Beverly said...

What a beautiful presentation of your Meat Love. And such a cute story of how it came to be called that. Your little Meat Love guy turned into a handsome man. Don't they grow up so fast?
Good Luck on your jouney with WW. I joined again a couple of weeks ago.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a cute story, Cindy! It looks so good, too. I think you've given me my menu for Sunday's dinner this week!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds so good. I need a good dose of comfort food. :)

Jo said...

My hsb and I love meat love - my yooungest dtr on the other hand...when she was abt 4 I couldn't believe a child of mine didn't like meatloaf so I made individual ones and called them Italian hamburgers - we all waited for her to take a mouthful, she chewed it got a werid look on her face and said I don't care what you call it, I DON"T like it for yrs b/4 she grew up and moved out we only had it when she was eating somewhere else.....thanks for the memories

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,

That dinner looks amazing. I'll have to give your Meat Love recipe a try. Lately, I've been trying new recipes and replacing the old favs. I prefer the chocolate chip cookie recipe on the Ghirardelli package and the Oatmeal cookie recipe on the box lid, and I tried a new roast beef recipe last week that is the best! :) Thanks for sharing!

Enjoy your day!

Cindy said...

That is such a precious story. I love how we come up with our "family words" for things.
I think your Meat Love dinner looks divine and will , perhaps, be on our table tonight.

Dawn said...

Wow, you even made brussel sprouts look good. You are amazing! LOL!

Pauline said...

Mmmmmmm. Yummy. Meat Love good :o)

P. said...


Joanne Kennedy said...

How cute! Kids always say such cute things and I love when they stick and become a family saying.

I know you will love WW. It is really a great plan. I've lost 29.6 lbs so far and it's only been about 3 months.

I've just posted a challenge on my blog about losing 10 lbs by New Years. That's in 8 weeks. You should join in.

It will be so nice to have gone through the Holidays without a gain and in fact losing weight!

We can do this. Good luck.


southernbelle said...

I have always loved meat love and will
try your recipe this weekend.My son
and gr/children are coming over...this
sounds delicious, they love it too !!
Loved the story how meat love came to
be in your family. There's nothing like Mom's home cooked dinners,
right Vince?

Elsie said...

That looks good Cindy,you can even
make meat loaf look and sound good.
When my son was little he wanted to
watch "fe fe",we figured out it was
T.V. Funny how they come up with
their own language and impressive
when a parent can translate. LOL.
Hope you have a good day!:O)

French-Kissed said...

Such an adorable story, Cindy. Now I know what I am making for dinner tonight! Thanks for the inspiration.


Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

How sweet... meat love. It looks delicious, I must say.

Pam said...

Wow, that sounds so good. I never would have thought of bacon in my meat! Nice story also. Thanks for sharing the directions.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I LOVE meat loaf and my nickname growing up was "tater"!

Hence! I am on week two of weight watchers! First three days I thought I was going to sarve to death!!! Since then I have been a woman on a mission!!

I will be your cheerleader!!

I want to lose 20 pounds, but I am taking it in baby steps....

Lou Cinda :) said...

This is just the cutest story.

Nany said...

Your "meat.. looks so love"-ly... your presentation is great... wow I have to try the recipe...but the one storebought my husband says: yikes...hehe..Hey your boy is a handsome young big one turns 13 so i have a teenager since october 22...God...let's see if I found my booklet of WW.. because finally today I'm ready to begin arrange my bedroom...Hugs

One Shabby Old House said...

I love that Cindy. It made me think of some funny things that my young children have said.
PS..did you get to Ivys Cottage?

{oc cottage} said...

Hilarious! My sister has always had the same sentiment, she just never thought to express it in that way! But she does have a meat loaf obsession and I know I can get her to try this out!! YUM!!!!!

m ^..^

Lynn said...

How do you make roasted brussel sprouts. Never had them roasted. They look delicious. The entire meal looks wonderful. Vince is handsome for sure. Bet sometimes when you look at him you still your "little boy". My son is 28 and married but I still see my "little boy" at times. Have a wonderful day!

Lynn said...

Whoops, forgot to say I like the name Vince gave it, "meat love".

Unknown said...

Cindy, I'll never make meat loaf/love again and not think of you and Vince. What a sweet post... and your photo looked yummy too!

Melissa Lester said...

That whole meal looks fabulous! I want to try the meat love recipe and would love to know your techniques for roasting the brussel sprouts. They look so pretty on the plate!

June said...

Oh YUM, YUM, YUM! I love meatlove and I can't wait to try yours out. Your son is a doll CIndy!

Bottega Veneta said...


Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Cindy....I haven't had breakfast yet so your "meatlove" meal looks so tempting!~Patti

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! it makes you feel welcome and want to sit down and eat at such a nice setting. It's like entering into a dream land putting your self in a magazine page and making you a guest.

Unknown said...

Awww, meat love! So cute! I joined WW last month too- weird! Cindy, what's your ID on Rate My Space? I finally uploaded some pictures and it made me nostalgic to look at your uploads too. Isn't it "mom_on_a_budget"? Hope all is well with you!

Ginger said...

I like meat loaf too. I've never tried putting bacon on the top but it sounds good. The last time I made it I shredded some of the zuchinni left from our garden, into it. Boy, was it moist.
Vince looks like he is enjoying fishing.