Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Meatloaf with a Kick!

Adapted a recipe from Everyday FOOD magazine to make meatloaf with quite a kick!
Mixed together ground beef, egg, chopped onions and red peppers, cajun seasoning (I believe it was McCormick brand) and bread crumbs.
TIP - Cheap way to get bread crumbs and use up your bread ends - put them in the food processor and make bread crumbs! I used multigrain and whole grain bread ends.

Put down half of meat mixure on baking dish.
Remove casing from chorizo sausage and place on bottom half of meatloaf.

I spread the chorizo so it wasn't quite so spicy all in one bite, though to make it even less, you could use less chorizo, mix it in or not use it at all.
Put the rest of the meatloaf mixure on top and spread chili sauce over it.

Finished product fresh from the oven.
My favorite part are the crispy end bits:)

Served it up with green beans and a whole grain mixture (from Trader Joes).
Adults liked it, my oldest son and daughter ate it but my pickiest wasn't thrilled, but when is he ever:)
As far as cutting costs - both the lean ground beef and the chorizo were from ALDIs along with the onions and the green beans (frozen) and the red peppers were from produce junction.
You could also go healthier and use ground turkey of course.


Darius T. Williams said...

You know - I've never thought of chorizo - but that's one heck of a darn slick idea! I like that one...


Cheap Cookin Mama said...

Thanks Darius - have to give Everyday Food mag the credit for that but it was good.

I just discovered chorizo this past year and I love anything that includes it. Haven't found it dried near me though so i have to adapt a lot of recipes, but it's the same flavor.

Love your site!

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

I love Aldi. I should shop there more often. I live within skipping distance to a grocery (Harris Teeter) and I just go there all of the time and to the Farmer's Market. I'm ashamed for not visiting Aldi more often..

I like the meatloaf. I'll have to try it sometime.

Cheap Cookin Mama said...

I've been pleasantly suprised by my recent trips to Aldi's