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Dairy Free Meatloaf Recipe

Cooking in our house isn’t always easy to do. We have foods we don’t like as a family, which makes it easier to some degree. Then you throw an allergy or what we thought was an allergy into the mix and that makes it even more difficult. When you’re afraid to change things up or try too many new things it makes it hard to not go the easy route and make the same old meals each week.

We recently thought Kevin was allergic to dairy and so we spent almost two weeks eating foods that didn’t contain dairy of any kind. That’s not as easy as you may think. I discovered last week that dairy is used in some processed foods like French fries and hashbrowns. I also discovered white bread contains milk as well. When you have a dairy allergy you must be very careful and read every box or container before you use it. You also have to be careful with cross contamination which some people don’t think about. I know I sure didn’t.

During our almost two week trial of dairy free foods I found a meal we will have again, even though Kevin’s problem is not dairy related. The meal was originally designed for a slow cooker, but we don’t like it because we find it makes it a little dry. So we changed it to the oven and that made it much better, but the dairy free recipe is even better yet. Below you’ll find the original recipe and the dairy free recipe.

Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook

2 lbs ground beef
½ cup chopped green peppers
½ cup chopped onions
½ tsp salt
1 cup cracker crumbs
1 egg
7/8 oz envelope brown gravy mix
1 cup milk
4-6 small potatoes, cut up – optional

1. Combine all ingredients except potatoes in a large bowl. Shape into loaf. Place in slow cooker.
2. Place potatoes alongside meatloaf.
3. Cover. Cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4-5 hours

Dairy Free and Healthy Recipe

2 lbs ground turkey
½ cup chopped onions
½ tsp salt
1 cup dried oatmeal
1 egg
7/8 oz envelope turkey gravy mix
1 cup water
8 small red potatoes – optional

1. Combine all ingredients except potatoes in a large bowl. Shape into loaf. Place in a meatloaf or loaf pan sprayed with olive oil.
2. Place in over preheated to 400 degrees for 90 minutes.
3. Place red potatoes in a large pan filled with water. Cook until a fork goes in easily. Approximately 60-90 minutes.

Our recipe was wonderful and much healthier for you. We have enjoyed the top recipe cooked in the oven for a little over a year now, but the bottom recipe will certainly be the one we’ll use going forward. It’s nice to know even though I’m scared to change things up on recipes, this one worked out for the best. Maybe I’ll try it again with another recipe. LOL

New Recipe – Cheesy Turkey and Broccoli Rice

How many times have you gone to the kitchen to prepare lunch only to go back to working your business or doing your household chores because you didn’t know what to have? I have been in that situation before and I hate it because I usually end up with a headache or eating something that’s not good for me because I’m starving.

My son was clipping coupons for me a few weeks ago and ran across several recipes that he clipped and gave it to me. I put them in the cupboard not even giving it another thought.

Last weekend we got our Bountiful Basket delivery and inside it was some broccoli and cauliflower along with many other wonderful fruits and vegetables. We don’t eat a lot of the items we receive quickly enough and they go bad, so I’ve been learning how to freeze fruits and vegetables so we can eat them when we’re ready.

Anyway, we purchased a two pack of individual containers of Minute Rice at the store. I saw that in the cupboard today and that reminded me about one of the recipes my son had clipped for me. I grabbed the recipe and quickly realized we had everything to make it and it would take 5 minutes to prepare and cook it. Yay!!!!

I enjoyed the meal so much that I thought I’d share it with all of you today.

Cheesy Turkey and Broccoli Rice

1 container Minute Ready to Serve White Rice
1/3 cup (2 ounces) cooked turkey, chopped
1/3 cup broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
2 oz pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed
2 tablespoons water or milk

COMBINE rice, turkey, and broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl.

HEAT on HIGH for 2 minutes. Stir in cheese and water or milk. Microwave for 1 more minute.

STIR until well blended and creamy. Serves 1

Now here is what I did with the recipe.

I had brown rice instead of white, I didn’t use the turkey, I used shredded cheese instead of block cheese, and I forgot to add the water or milk. LOL

It was awesome and I will definitely have it again because it was easy and really good. We have cauliflower and carrots in the freezer, so I may give those a try as well. I might even mix the three vegetables together for an even different taste.

Beef Stroganoff Recipe

I didn’t like beef stroganoff, but my boys and Kevin did so they were wanting me to make it for them. So I decided to make it for them while I had something else. Needless to say after I tried a bite of this recipe I was hooked and I no longer needed to make my own meal when they had this.

Our favorite Beef Stroganoff recipe comes from a cookbook called “Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook” and it’s called “Dale & Shari’s Beef Stroganoff”.

4 Cups beef cubes
10 3/4 oz can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream

1. Place beef in slow cooker. Cover with mushroom soup
2. Cover. Cook on Low 8 hours or High 4-5 hours
3. Before serving stir in sour cream
4. Serve over cooked rice, pasta, or baked potatoes

Our Favorite Meatloaf Recipe

My family loves meatloaf and when I found one for the crockpot I enjoyed making it even more. LOL

Our favorite meatloaf comes from a cookbook called “Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook” and it’s called “Betty’s Meatloaf”.

2 lbs Ground Beef
1/2 Cup Chopped green peppers
1/2 Cup Chopped onions
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Cup Cracker Crumbs
1 Egg
7/8 oz envelope brown gravy mix
1 Cup Milk
4-6 Small potatoes, cut up, optional

1. Combine all ingredients except potatoes in large bowl. Shape into loaf. Place in slow cooker.
2. Place potatoes alongside meatloaf.
3. Cover. Cook on Low 8-10 hours or High 4-5 hours.

Tell me Thursday – December 9

Yesterday I posted a picture of a meal we had a couple of weeks ago. It’s called “Burger ‘n Fries Pot Pie” and the family loved it. Here is the recipe from Pillsbury.


1 1/2 lb hamburger
1 small onion, chopped
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
2 cups frozen crispy French-fried potatoes (from 20-oz bag)


Heat oven to 450 degrees F. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain well. Sprinkle flour over beef mixture. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in tomatoes; heat to boiling. Remove from heat.

In ungreased 1 1/2 quart casserole, spread beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Arrange frozen potatoes evenly in single layer on top.

Bake uncovered about 20 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Menu Monday – December 6

Feeding your family is something you must do multiple times a day. Coming up with meals can be difficult, but it’s even worse when you have picky eaters. Here are the dinner meals we’ll be having this coming week.

Monday – Chicken Cordon Bleu
Tuesday – Meatloaf
Wednesday – Turkey Bacon Cheese Burgers
Thursday – Cheesy Ham and Hashbrown Casserole
Friday – Chicken and Rice
Saturday – Family Christmas Party
Sunday – Tator Tot Casserole

A couple of these recipes are brand new while others are family favorites. We have to mix things up a little or we become board and that’s not good.

What are your favorite recipes that your family enjoys the most? Please share them in the comments so we can all have a variety of recipes to try.

Appetizer Roll-Ups Recipe

We took a wonderful appetizer to my mother-in-laws for Thanksgiving. It was a huge hit and we’ve been asked to take them to my grandma’s for her New Year’s Eve party. WooHoo! So here’s the recipe.


* 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
* 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
* 2 to 3 tablespoons minced banana peppers
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* 1/2 pound thinly sliced cooked roast beef

* 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
* 1/2 cup shredded carrot
* 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
* 4 teaspoons dill weed
* 1/2 pound thinly sliced fully cooked ham
* 1/2 pound thinly sliced cooked turkey


* In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, cilantro, peppers and garlic. Spread about 2 tablespoons on each slice of beef. Roll up tightly and wrap in plastic wrap.
* For ham and turkey rolls, in another bowl, combine the cream cheese, carrot, zucchini and dill. Spread about 2 tablespoons on each slice of ham and turkey. Roll up tightly; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
* Slice the roll-ups into 1-1/2-in. pieces. Yield: 6-7 dozen.

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Dorito Casserole Recipe

This recipe is a family favorite. We have had with with both hamburger and chicken, both of which are wonderful. You can also use cream of celery soup instead of the cream of chicken. Black olives are good as well.

1 bag of Nacho Cheese Dorito’s
1 pound of hamburger or chicken
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 can of water
1 small can of chilies
1 8 oz back of shredded cheese

Brown the hamburger and drain or cook the chicken.
Cover the bottom of a 9×12 in pan with Dorito’s.
Pour the hamburger or chicken over the Dorito’s.
Combine the soup, water, and chilies in a bowl. Mix well.
Pour over the hamburger or chicken and make sure all the Dorito’s are covered.
Cover the top with cheese.
Cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Mozzarella Beef Roll-Ups Recipe

This is a recipe that we really enjoy. It comes from the Busy Family Recipes edition of the Taste of Home magazine.


* 1 pound ground beef
* 1 medium green pepper, chopped
* 1/3 cup chopped onion
* 1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce
* 28 slices pepperoni
* 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
* 6 flour tortillas (10 inches), warmed
* 6 pieces (1 ounce each) string cheese


* In a large skillet, cook the beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the pizza sauce, pepperoni and oregano.
* Spoon about 1/2 cup beef mixture off-center on each tortilla; top with a piece of string cheese. Fold one side of tortilla over filling and roll up from the opposite side.
* Place seam side down on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.

Photo Courtesy of Taste of Home

Taste of Home has tons of good recipes. Check out their recipes here.

What else could go wrong?

I was very excited for dinner this evening. We were trying a new recipe. It had hamburger, onions, green peppers, pepperoni slices, spaghetti sauce, and noodles. Smelled wonderful and was sure to be a tasty meal.

I read through the recipe and started putting it together. When I was ready to put the noodles and the hamburger mixture together I read through it again because I was certain the noodles needed to be cooked. It didn’t tell me to. I hesitated but went ahead and put it together the way it read and put it into the oven. When Kevin got home, I had him read through the recipe and he said no the noodles were not to be cooked.

When the meal was done I pulled it out and immediately knew it was ruined. The top was burned. I thought well ok we can remove the first layer and eat the bottom part. We won’t have any leftovers, but it will be ok. Well, that didn’t happen either. The noodles that were on the bottom were still hard and crunchy. Basically the only noodles that were good were the ones that were in the middle.

It was not enough for us to eat, so we ended up buying a pizza. Ugh! What a waste of food. Not good for our budget or our meal planning. I’m frustrated about this, but I can’t let it ruin my night. Hubby isn’t upset so that’s good. He tells me I should be upset either. Things happen and are not worth stressing over.


So I’m done. Time to move on. We’ll try this recipe again, but the next time we’ll cook the noodles first. HeHeHeHe!

About Corrie


My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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