The Ultimate BLT

The Ultimate BLT

BLT’s are one of my favorite quick and easy meals for lunch or dinner.  I typically just make the standard BLT sandwich that includes the Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato on some bread with mayonnaise, but once in a while I like to add a special treat to the sandwich.

To make the Ultimate BLT sandwich, the two special ingredients are an egg over medium and sliced avocado.  The perfect addition to any BLT.  I just wish I had used Sour Dough Bread! 🙂

BLT Creation

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Cheese Doritos Meatballs

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This recipe comes from the ‘Beef it’s What’s For Dinner: Thirty Meals in 30 Minutes’ recipe book.

I’m a big fan of cute appetizers but I always find that when it comes time to host a party I don’t want to try anything new just in case it doesn’t turn out.  Because of that, every so often, I made little appetizer sized lunches to try out new things.

This has been one of my favorite recipes because it’s so easy and tastes delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 can mild green chilies
  • 16 cubes of Cheese (1/2″)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups crushed nacho cheese-flavored tortilla chips

Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons thick taco sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400*F.
  2. Combine beef, taco seasoning and chilies.  (I left out the chilies)
  3. Divide the mixture into 16 portions and set aside.
  4. Cut 16 cubes of cheese
  5. Wrap each portion around a cube of cheese
  6. Beat an egg white into a bowl (I used the whole egg)
  7. Dip the meatball into the egg and fully coat then press the meatball into the chips (I used Spicy Nacho Doritos).
  8. Place the meatballs on a greased baking pan and cook for 15 – 20 minutes.  (Be careful to watch as it gets close.  The cheese all melted out a bit too much for me)
  9. Combine the sauce ingredients into a bowl for serving.

 

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Mmm Meatloaf – Family Recipe

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While Winter can bring freezing temperatures and shoveling can be miserable, Winter does bring some of the most cozy meals.  Today’s meal is meatloaf, a recipe my mom made often when I was growing up.  I of course have put my own spin on the recipe by making mini-meatloaves instead  of one large meatloaf because I typically bring them to work and it is easier to have them pre-portioned.  And, the cook time is way lower when they are smaller.

Before we get started, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and gather your ingredients.

For the loaf, you will need:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • onion powder and garlic powder to taste

For the glaze, you will need:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

 

I began by adding all of the ingredients for the loaf into my mixing bowl.  As I was done with each item, I put the item away.  I always clean as I go when cooking because there is nothing worse then feeling accomplished in your cooking endeavors just to turn around and see a big mess.  Don’t forget to leave out the ketchup since it will be used for the glaze too.

 

After mixing the ingredients together, I turned my attention to the glaze and simply added all of the glaze ingredients into a smaller bowl then mixed them together.wp_20151213_18_58_50_richwp_20151213_19_03_18_rich_liwp_20151213_19_04_59_rich_li

 

Before rolling the loaves, I prepped my cookie sheet by lining the sheet with foil, placing a cooling rack on top, and greasing with a cooking spray to avoid the loaves sticking to the sheet.

Finally, I rolled the meat into six mini-meatloaves and put on a coat of glaze.  Save the extra glaze as you will need to re-coat the loaves a few minutes before they are finished cooking.  Each loaf is quite small which is perfect for my lunch at work.  If you are making this for dinner, I suggest you make at most four loaves from this recipe.

 

 

Here’s the finished product!  These taste great side with mashed potatoes or baked potatoes and a salad on the side.  I hope you enjoy!

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