Since we have been talking about chicken a lot lately, I thought it might be fun to walk through a meal made with things already on hand..but not chicken😉.
I haven’t been to the grocery store so this is going to made with dribs and drabs of whatever is in the fridge and freezer. I decided on meatloaf, sweet potatoes, and peach cobbler.
What I have that is ‘mostly’ necessary:
a roll of ground beef, peaches, flour, eggs, bread, sweet potatoes, and milk.
What I don’t have that I am going to have to figure out:
Sugar, ketchup or tomato sauce, and bell pepper
To me, meatloaf would probably be pretty good, no matter what. I have always been told that it was discovered as a way to stretch meat a little farther during the Depression. Meat was a rare treat during that time.
I really enjoy some finely diced, bell peppers and onions in my meatloaf. I only have a small amount of frozen onions(see the purple frozen chunk on the right😉)so they will have to do. I got a jar of banana peppers out of the fridge and diced a few of them to replace the bell peppers. Use what you have, right?
I have plenty of of frozen bread ends and buns in my freezer so I chopped a couple of those up, still frozen, and put into the meat mixture. Then I added an egg and spices. I also poured a small amount of taco sauce into the mixture to bring the flavors all together.
Being that I am from the Southern US, ketchup or a tomato sauce, is almost always on top of meatloaf. Since I am out of both, I am going to make a ketchup substitute from taco sauce. Taco sauce on meatloaf doesn’t sound too bad but I really want that yummy thick, sweet tomato flavor that ketchup gives.
I poured my taco sauce into a pan then added plain mustard, a small amount of brown sugar, a splash of cider vinegar, a splash of soy sauce, and then simmered to thicken. If you ever try this, the brown sugar should be used sparingly. The sugars will caramelize and it will then be a delicious BBQ sauce, which would be good, but not exactly the flavor I was going for to top a meatloaf.
Hey, if you end up with BBQ sauce, save it for some pork or chicken later in the week. As all frugal people know, hardly anything is ever completely ruined😉.
Which brings me to good point. I am using the last bag of peaches that I froze in 2014! I used a good quality freezer bag and they still look great, so yep.. I’m doing it. Now, there is one little hiccup. I have no sugar! This recipe came from my grandmother. It is a very common recipe of 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup of milk.
I substituted the sugar with 1/2 cup brown sugar and a little less than 1/2 a cup of powdered sugar. Powdered sugar sweetens quite differently that regular sugar. Most already know that it contains cornstarch. That can make a drastic difference in how things bake.
I would have rather served some type of green veggie with this dish, but since we are making do until I can get to the grocery store, we will eat the sweet potatoes I baked a couple days ago.
This was a delicious meal and my husband agrees… Oh, and he is not one of those men that will say it’s great when it’s not. He simply responds with, “it’s fine”….If he says this, it’s translates into, “I’m eating this because you made it, but please don’t put it into the regular rotation”.☺️
I would have rather had regular sugar in my cobbler because the brown sugar causes the cobbler to have a brownish color. The taste was delicious, but the color was not my fave. Would I do it again??..Of course!.. It saved me a trip to the grocery store and we snacked on it all day! The meatloaf was really good and the surprising thing was the addition of the banana pepper. It gave so much flavor that I may use that trick from now on.
The breakdown is impossible to calculate.
Peaches and Onions- these were a gift to us for free☺️
Partial amounts of each of other items maybe $1.50, possibly less.
Sweet potatoes $.44 per pound, we ate 1 1/2 split it between us because they were large so maybe $.66?
I would say this meal cost between $3 and $4