Fresh Market Deals and A Favorite Meatloaf Recipe


Today is $2.99 Tuesday at The Fresh Market, and the featured items are ground chuck, chicken breasts, and milk. See the banner on the left to see the details of each product.

I am going to buy two pounds of ground chuck to double this recipe for honey barbecue meatloaf.  I found it on Pinterest and made it several months ago. Everyone loved it! (I use Bob Gibson’s red barbecue sauce or Sticky Fingers original).

I double the recipe because I like to stick a meatloaf (formed but not cooked) in the freezer to have on hand. It is so nice to be able to pull a meatloaf from the freezer on a Saturday night to put into the oven before church the next Sunday morning.

Meatloaf gets a bad rap, and most of us began hating it in childhood. Back in the day, meatloaf was basic and boring. But today, things are different. There are scores of innovative, creative recipes to choose from, so almost anyone can find a meatloaf recipe that will appeal to the whole family.

When I make meatloaf, I always serve it with green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, and tea. I take shortcuts, so this meal can be pulled together in no time. Here is my simple recipe for green beans.

Green Beans

3 cans cut green beans (I always use at least 3 cans, as they “cook down”)

1 TB Better Than Bouillon (chicken flavor)

1-2 TB oil (I use evoo, but you can use canola)

2 TB brown sugar

Jane’s Crazy Mixed Up Salt, several shakes

Nature’s Seasoning, several shakes

Bring to boil and simmer 45 minutes or an hour. Put in fridge and reheat before serving. Even though they are technically cooked, they can always simmer on the stove for awhile and cook down even more.

Easy & Yummy Potatoes

For easy and surprisingly delicious creamed potatoes, my secret is Simply Potatoes mashed potatoes. I buy two containers of sour cream and chive (or roasted garlic) flavor. I heat according to the package then stir in additional sour cream, sea salt, ground pepper, and shredded cheese. If I am pressed for time, we eat them just like this, as creamed potatoes.

If I need more time before dinner,  I spread the already cooked potatoes in a casserole dish, top with more cheese, and bake on 300 degrees in the oven until heated through. Voila–easy, “twice baked” potato casserole!  Your family will never know that you didn’t peel, boil, and mash the potatoes yourself.

This honey barbecue meatloaf is so flavorful that it makes a wonderful sandwich to pack for lunches the next day.