- Today’s menu is really easy in the sense that you can make the meatloaf and gingerbread ahead of time and keep them in the freezer. Make a list of 2-3 meals like this that you can keep in your freezer or staples in your pantry for that unexpected company or those days when you are meeting yourself coming and going and dinner is the last thing you want to worry about.
- For a new twist on meatloaf, add a little chili powder to your meatloaf mix and bake. When it’s done, top it with a jar of warmed picante sauce.
- If you don’t have whipped topping for your gingerbread, you can use some vanilla frosting on it.
- Adding a little sugar to most vegetables enhances the flavor of them. 1/2-1 tsp. for a small bowl of vegetables or about 1 Tbsp. for 4 potatoes when mashing.
Sometimes, especially if we have been watching a lot of cooking shows on TV, we forget that every meal doesn’t have to be a gourmet meal. Today’s menu is one of those simple, back to the basics menus that is sure to please!
Never Fail Freezer Gingerbread w/whipped cream
Instead of giving you an exact meatloaf recipe, here is a link for the recipe from Dining on a Dime along with a bunch of different meatloaf and meatball ideas all together.
This recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen before baking it. Also, don’t let the long list of ingredients feel daunting. It is mostly spices and very easy to mix together.
Never Fail Freezer Gingerbread
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. each of salt, baking powder, soda
3/4 tsp. ginger
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
Pour boiling water over shortening. Add sugar, molasses and egg. Sift remaining ingredients together and add to liquids. Beat with an electric mixer. Pour into a greased 8×8 pan at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
After mixing and placing in pan, freeze. Then when ready to use, place in a cold oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
photo by: kevinmay