You need HMF if you are a nursing and milk pumping mother with littles that barely sits down all day. Quick carbs and sugary stuff just makes mama cranky, so there are certain criteria for HMF.
- Best if you can eat it with one hand.
- Must have protein and LOTS of it!
- Must leave mama satisfied for 2 hours minimum.
Of course, it could also be HTBF = Hungry Teenage Boy Food if you have some of those.
I honestly fear for the state of our food budget in about 12 years when we will be buying both HMF AND HTBF! Yikes!
Anyway, one of my favorite HMF meals is MEATLOAF! Specifically, the meatloaf sandwich!
I think meatloaf has a little bit of a bad rap. For starters, the name isn't the most appealing in the world. I didn't grow up eating it, and only had it once that I remember while visiting some distant relative. And I was surprised that I liked it! It's also a very versatile dish and is a good one for hiding extra veggies. My version is different than many. For one, it's not a loaf. I like to make it in a 9x13 pan because it makes it easier to drain the grease, and because it gives more crispy edges, which I like. I also try to always batch cook with meatloaf. I mix up 4 lbs. at a time and freeze half in a ziploc bag for later. Very handy! I also like to use ground turkey for a portion of the meat. So here is my recipe for 2, 13x9 pans of meatloaf, just the way I like it!:
- 4 lbs. ground beef (the leaner the meat, the better)
- 4 slices of bread
- 4 small onions
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/3 c. dehydrated bell pepper (optional, but I LOVE the taste!)
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 c. milk (for dairy free, substitute plain rice milk or goat milk)
- 8 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. dried sage
- 1 tsp. ground mustard (I have used prepared mustard and it works well too.)
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/3 c. ketchup, chili sauce, or BBQ sauce + more for serving
And for the leftovers: