I have got another dinner idea for you that is both easy and filling – Individual Barbecue Meatloaf. It cooks more quickly than the traditionally sized meatloaf and it is also cuter. Yes, I do think meatloaf can be cute. Almost anything is, when it’s personal-pan sized. And on that note, almost any sized item can be personal-pan, if you try hard enough. I was able to put this meal together in about 30 minutes, from start to finish.
Individual Barbecue Meatloaves
1 lb ground chicken
1 egg, beaten
1 packet of dried mushroom gravy mix (try to find GF if needed)
1/2 C breadcrumbs (I used a mix of 4C GF breadcrumbs and crushed Corn Flakes)
BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Cola-Q that one of my besties left at my house after a cookout – thank you!)
Preheat your oven to 400F. Prepare a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with Pam. Mix together the mushroom gravy packet, breadcrumbs, and pepper. In a large bowl, mix ground chicken, beaten egg, and breadcrumb mixture. Form into 1/3 lb. loaves. Place on your prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. brush BBQ sauce on the loaves and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
I served it with brown rice (which I boiled with chicken stock) and a summer fruit salad.
Tomorrow is Bigs’ last circus day. It’s been such a fun week for them. They got their faces painted, they played carnival games, won carnival prizes, and did lots of learning games.
To finish out the week, I went with a horsey lunch. Again, I was thinking about “Water for Elephants”. It’s sort of my go-to circus movie. Well, that and Britney Spears’ “Circus”. You know.
I made a horse shaped PB&J. The poor thing looks like another My Little Pony. I just can’t seem to get a real horse look. Neigh. The grand horsey is standing atop his bread crusty hay. I also packed pretzels, fruit salad (grapes, blackberries, and raspberries), and an organic yogurt squeeze for dessert.
Yippee. Tomorrow’s Friday.
Here’s a “Yay Friday” lunch:
I packed a ham, cheese, and mayo gold star and party hat (details made with food safe spray and Food Writers), honey wheat pretzels, colby jack cheese stick, fruit salad (mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries, and red grapes), a Campfire Cookie, and one teeny, little Fairy Bite. I used party hat and clown picks to add some flair.
Today was a good day (do you Ice Cube’s song in your head now? I do…don’t make me rap it, because I will). My Bigs had school and I took my Smalls to a sweet pumpkin patch. He (mostly) listened to a story about pumpkins and proudly picked out his very own, teeny, little, adorable, curly-stemmed pumpkin. We ate burritos and tacos afterwards. Yes, it was a good day. My Bigs had a good day too! And all of us had a great nap after school. I even made a good dinner – gluten-free baked chicken cutlets, smashed garlic mini potatoes, and fruit salad.
Here’s to a good day tomorrow, too – we are on a roll.
Here is the lunch I packed for my Bigs:
My hands typed “Ham & Cheese” at the top of this picture, but they meant to type “Chicken & Cheese”. Oooooops! I would lose my head if it weren’t attached, my attention to detail is declining with age! I’m not even going to fix it (I deleted the original!!). Oh well. Ain’t nobody got time to worry about that. I packed a chicken, cheese, and mayo sandwich on whole wheat, some organic TJ’s peanut butter crackers, fruit salad (bananas, plums, pineapple, apple, grapes), carrots with ranch dressings for dipping, and a teeny homemade pumpkin chocolate chip brownie cut into pieces.
I hope he enjoys it!
“A person who respects the Lord will have security. And his children will be protected. Respect for the Lord gives life. It is like a fountain of water that can save people from death.” – Proverbs 14:26
My Bigs goes to school Tuesdays through Fridays. It’s sort of nice to have our Monday “off”. Monday comes with such a stigma, that is mostly and completely based on truth. Mondays mostly stink! It’s hard to get back into the weekly routine after a busy weekend.
For Bigs’ lunch tomorrow, I packed a breakfast-y one. He LOVES eating big, breakfast-y breakfasts and we only seem to have time for that on weekends (and not even every weekend, sadly!). This will make him really happy, I think.
I made peanut butter and honey sandwiches out of mini pancakes. I used frozen pancakes this time (they’ll also stay cold on their own and be thawed by lunchtime). I put PB on each pancake and made a little divot in the middle for the honey (this will prevent them from getting soggy from the honey and will prevent the honey from leaking out, causing a sticky mess). I cut up some cooked turkey bacon. I also packed some banana chips, colby jack cheese cubes, fruit salad (yellow watermelon, pineapple, cotton candy grapes, and blueberries), and applesauce.
Have a blessed day!
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23
My Bigs had a great first day in VPK! And guess what? He ate his whole lunch! Every crumb! I think making raccoon masks and spelling works up an appetite. I know it does for me. For tomorrow’s lunch, I made him a ham and cheese sammy.
I found Martin’s whole wheat mini potato rolls at Publix when I last went. I hadn’t seen those before, in mini-size or in whole wheat! I put Applegate Naturals ham and provolone cheese on it, with a light smear of mayonnaise. I put a flamingo pick in his sandwich, for fun. His class mascot is a flamingo – I couldn’t believe
my his luck! I adore flamingos! I also packed a fruit salad (raspberries, blueberries, watermelon, pineapple, and nectarine), Trader Joe’s banana chips, seasoned corn (just a little bit of S&P), and applesauce for dessert. I think he’ll love it. By the way, he told me that the Trader Joe’s pizzas from today’s lunch were “really yummy” and that they were “so good he wants to eat all of them”. I’d call that a positive review!
Have a blessed day!
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
– 1 John 5:12
For one dinner last week, I did something fun for
me the kids.
I love using my compartmentalized trays. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while or know me in “real” life, you know much I love cafeterias. I know how weird it is. Anyways. I found some chicken tenders at Trader Joe’s. They were individually frozen (although packaged together) and it was really helpful, when pulling them out one by one. I was able to get two meals out of the package (with leftovers each time) and it was only a little over $6. The tenders were void of any fat, which was such a time saver for me, and they were all about the same size. I made a gluten-free breading of crushed cornflakes, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. I dredged them in the breading after their egg bath, and baked for only a few minutes. Easy peasy! I served them with creamy, homemade mashed potatoes (using almond milk and soy butter), seasoned corn, and a delicious fruit salad. I’ve made variations on this meal before and I now know it’s my family’s favorite. They clean their plates and ask for more. It’s so nice to feed them something homemade and healthy and have them love it.
Review Result: I will definitely be getting these tenders again and again from TJ’s!
I hope you make it and enjoy!