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Cook Once, Feed the Family for Days

Three easy weekday meal plans for busy families

Jackie Freeman

Published on: March 20, 2019

Cook Once, Feed the Family for Days


Meatloaf week

1. The best meatloaf with mashed potatoes

Spend With Pennies has perfected meatloaf with just a few simple ingredients. Make a double-batch while you’re at it — whatever leftovers you don’t use during the week will freeze well wrapped in individual slices for quick future meals. Make a double portion of the sauce and your favorite mashed potato recipe, too!

Core ingredients: ground beef, potatoes, onions, eggs, ketchup, cheese and spinach

2. Leftover meatloaf grilled cheese sandwiches

Everyone loves grilled cheese sandwiches, and Mrs. Happy Homemaker just made them a thousand times better by adding a slice of homemade meatloaf into the mix. Instead of serving your grilled cheese with a bowl of tomato soup or marinara sauce, pass around a bowl of the meatloaf sauce for dipping.

3. Meatloaf shepherd’s pie

Using both your leftover meatloaf and mashed potatoes, turn the first nights’ dinner into something totally different. Yummy suggests using any of your favorite veggies (classics are peas, corn and carrots), or add spinach or anything else you like to your final night’s dinner …

4. Mashed-potato-crust quiche

By this time, you’ve either eaten all the meatloaf or frozen it for later. But what to do with the leftover mashed potatoes and veggies? Take a break from meat, and make a lighter vegetarian meal, such as this delicious quiche from MI Gluten Free Gal.

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