Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Meatloaf and Potatoes

This week I was reminded of a joke I've heard frequently among author friends -

My favorite thing to make for dinner is ... reservations.

Clearly that is not the gang of authors who hang out here.  But even those of us who love to cook sometimes have to just give it up and admit you just can't. It might be deadlines, or family issues, or in my case - a long recovery of my energy after being sick.

One of the weird things about this illness has been that I had absolutely no sense of taste and no interest in eating anything. I knew I was feeling better on Saturday when I really wanted to eat something. But I still didn't have the energy to cook.

Enter Whole Foods.

My husband is head over heels for the meatloaf that Whole Foods sells in the butcher department. I'm pretty fond of it myself. It's usually $6.99 a pound, but since a decent ground beef here would be over $5.50 a pound, I consider the extra couple of dollars well worth it because someone else has done all the work!

All I had to do was put it in a pan and cook. The rest was simple -  peel, boil, and mash some potatoes and roast some broccoli.

That was it. The meal was so delicious I almost forgot to take a picture! It looks kind of pathetic because I'd already eaten some. But sooooo good.

I did manage to go out for a walk the other day.

The trees say autumn,

but the flowers in our church yard still say summer.


  1. Meat loaf!!!! I haven't made meat loaf since last year... I am now inspired!!!! And isn't that a great old fashioned combo???

    Meat loaf... potatoes.... veggie.... I think that's why I love Shepherd's Pie so much, it's like the quintessential combo!!! Love it!!!

    And we love meat loaf too, so thank you, Cate-girl! And thank you for the flowers, too... we're losing leaves here now on the last trees, but it's 11/9 so they're usually long since gone by now... this year, they hung around with us for a while!

    And I was okay with that!

    1. I love Shepherd's Pie. And yes, I could sort of mush it all together and call it that. Now I want some!

  2. Cate you are toooooo funny. I love that line. "My favorite thing to make for dinner is reservations." ha ha ha. That is a good one. I love Whole Foods meatloaf also. Great way to have dinner with no work. Now I'm hungry for meatloaf.

    1. Glad to hear there is another meatloaf fan, Sandra. My husband always gets sad when they take it away for the summer.

  3. So glad you're on the mend! When you can take a walk outside, the whole world feels better, doesn't it?

    We don't have a Whole Foods, but our local Safeway does pre-prepped meals like this. I'll have to remember that the next time I don't want to go out, but don't feel like cooking, either!

    1. I don't usually buy supermarket prepared food, but this is exceptional!

  4. Love the photos and the idea of buying meatloaf! I'm all for convenience. :) I'm glad you're feeling some better. Hope it continues!