Thanksgiving Left Over Vegetables – What To Do With Them?

As old Ben Franklin said, “waste not want not.”

Looking in my icebox (refrigerator to anyone younger than 60) this morning I found a lot of little bowls filled with an assortment of sliced vegetables. I could have just pitched them to the chickens, but, being Frugal Not Cheap, I started looking what else was in there needing to be used up.

In zip lock bags I found about 1/2 pound of homemade ground (grin..pig parts) pork and almost a pound of ground beef. So Meat Loaf it is.

Original recipe makes 8 servings ——————– Left over Meat Loaf
1 1/2 pounds ground beef ———————— 1/2 pound ground pork + 1 pound ground beef
1 1/2 tablespoon worcestershire
1 large egg
1 onion, chopped ——————————– 1/2 onion + 1 cup assorted finely chopped green/red sweet pepper, celery, 1 hot green pepper
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 cup dried bread crumbs ———————— I didn’t have dry bread (omitted)
1 cup milk ————————————– Omit if not adding bread crumbs)
salt and pepper to taste
Add a bit of beer or white wine if your meat mixture seems to be too dry
Topping for meat loaf
1 tablespoons brown sugar (use less or omit to avoid sugar calories)
2 tablespoons ‘yellow’ prepared mustard
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/3 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk and bread OR cracker crumbs and anything else I forgot to list. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5×9 inch loaf (bread) pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard, cider vinegar and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour.

Hot from the oven meat loaf, homemade baby lima bean soup with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and homemade pickled beets. Wow, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

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3 responses to “Thanksgiving Left Over Vegetables – What To Do With Them?

  1. I’m sitting here taking a break from writing on my next book and you are making me sooooo hungry!


  2. What a great idea! I have 2 pounds of ground beef in the refridgerator just crying to be used. Also if I have to eat any poultry at any time for the rest of this month, I may gag.


  3. Meat loaf never goes out of fashion, does it? And so easy to make.


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