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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

Menu Monday: November 7

Fall is here and that means colder weather. In Wyoming, this is the time of year where we get snow and colder temps. This is a good time of year for me because my boys tend to enjoy warm things. LOL

Here is our menu list for this week.

Monday – Junction burgers (hamburgers with cheese and ham)
Tuesday – Potato Soup
Wednesday – Chef Salads
Thursday – Waffles
Friday – Sheppard’s Pie
Saturday – Turkey Melts
Sunday – Meatloaf

There are several new things on our menu that I’m really looking forward to trying. They’re recipes we have had in the past, so I’m really looking forward to eating them again. So what’s on your menu list for the week?

Menu Monday – January 24

It’s Monday again and that means Menu Monday. Trying to decide what to have can be a struggle. Let me ask you a question. Do you set your menu and stick to it each week or do you have a list of meals and you choose day to day what you’re going to prepare?

Here’s our list for the week.

Monday – Chicken Fettuccine
Tuesday – Chef Salads
Wednesday – Bacon Hashbrown Bake
Thursday – Taco Casserole
Friday – Eat out (grocery shopping day)
Saturday – Loaded baked potatoes
Sunday – Homemade Pizza

How often to you repeat meals you prepare for your family? For a while we were repeating some of the meals a couple times a month. The down side to that is you become tired of the meal quickly and that’s not good.

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.

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!

Cheesy Ham & Hash Brown Casserole

We decided to give this recipe a try since we had some left over ham in the freezer. Sure sounds good to me.


Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

1 (32 ounce) package frozen hash brown potatoes
8 ounces cooked, diced ham
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of potato soup
1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
2. In a large bowl, mix hash browns, ham, cream of potato soup, sour cream, and Cheddar cheese. Spread evenly into prepared dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
3. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until bubbly and lightly brown. Serve immediately.

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Basic Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Around our house we really enjoy spaghetti, but sometimes you just need a change. Here is a recipe we are going to try this week. I sure hope it’s as good as the picture.


Basic Baked Spaghetti

3/4 pound lean ground beef
# 1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
# 1 pound spaghetti
# 1 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large skillet, cook hamburger until brown. Mix spaghetti sauce into skillet. Reduce heat and simmer.
2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Mix in pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
3. Mix together spaghetti and meat mixture, pour into 9×13 pan. Top with cheese and bake for 30 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is bubbly.

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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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